Dog Puzzle Story 3 is a match-3 game in the popular Dog Puzzle Story series. A puppy wearing a Santa Claus hat and costume named Charlie needs help. The player must match three or more items on checkered boards to collect toys and pet objects, including balls, dog tags and pawprints. They also collect items underneath some objects, such as crackers.
The game features levels-style play accessible via dog bowl icons on a path through a snow-dusted version of Charlie's home town. With each level, the player makes their matches by rearranging two items on the board with each move to create a three-item or longer line on a row or column.
As with the other games, Dog Puzzle Story 3 gives the player boosters when they match more than three items. They can create a Line Blast or a Cross Blast, for example, that takes out one or more partial or complete lines, respectively. They can eventually create a rainbow-colored ball that removes every object on the board that matches the one the player decides to use in a swap with it.
Of course, the player can win boosters, including a hammer that removes an item from the board with a hit and two ropes with arrow tips that make it possible for them to swap two items anyone on the board.