Merging Gears is a simulation click game that offers some mechanical realism and a merge element. A player is tasked with adding gears to a machine to make a conveyor belt at the bottom of the screen move valuable gemstones into a piece of equipment that pays money to the player after a certain amount of time passes. The turn of the gears also generates money.
The player must increase the efficiency of the gears and perform other click-based tasks to make the system work fast and efficiently. Every time the player earns a profit, they receive opportunities to improve the gears to make the system work even better. They can also improve the income and offline-income generation levels. As long as the player has enough money, they can purchase and modify up to six gears and income generation at any time.
Merging Gears offers some idle play. When the player is offline, it continues to calculate earnings. The player then collects their accrued profits when they access it again. It's important to note that the game also requires the player to watch advertisements to reach certain achievements.