Ball Tales: The Holy Treasure is a side-scrolling, adventure platformer that mimics the popular Red Ball games. A player is tasked with helping several anthropomorphic balls find and retrieve their holy treasure that was stolen by cult warriors.
The player initially starts out as the young, heroic Blue ball. That said, they can later upgrade to one of the other balls (Orange, Skeleton, Mummy, Zombie, Metal or Superhero) once they've collected enough coins on their journey. They must track the cultists across 45 levels in three regions (Island, Mine and Forest). Every landscape in Ball Tales: The Holy Treasure offers up danger and unique puzzles that the player can only solve with ball-rolling skills combined with at least a basic knowledge of physics.
The player must face off against various enemies, such as moles that throw rocks, balls with hidden spikes, spiked monsters and cultists that throw bombs. They must also direct the ball to avoid wood and metal ground spikes, spiked wheels, fire cannons, swinging maces and spiked turnstiles. Levels also feature obstacles, such as water wheels, elevator platforms, wooden crates and spring platforms. At any time, the player might need to direct the ball to push a crate to a different position or a button to lower a platform to reach a higher area.