Dumpling Jumpling is a skill-based jumping game. An anthropomorphic dumpling in blue-and-white sneakers loves to jump from the top of a stainless steel cook pot onto various platforms created with kitchen items, such as horizontal tin cans, jam jars and butter trays. These items are often anthropomorphic as well.
The dumpling shifts from one foot to the other on the pot in front of a counter that features plants and a window with curtains swaying in the wind. After a short countdown, the items start to slide onto the screen from the sides.
The player's goal is to help the dumpling jump on top of each item and reach the highest level possible. If they fail to time a jump perfectly, an item hits the dumpling and knocks it off the screen. The player keeps attempting the feat with the intent of beating their last best score.
Dumpling Jumpling requires the player to have excellent hand-eye coordination. The player might also need to help the dumpling reach a green horizontal dashed line as a goal. If they attempt to make the dumpling move too fast, they might knock it on to its bottom instead of off the screen entirely.
It's important to note that the player isn't penalized if they fail. They merely restart the game.