Short Ride, a side-scrolling, racing platformer, features a guy taking a short ride through his neighborhood on a warm, summer day. The player must help him successfully reach a black-and-white finish line at the end of the ride as quickly as possible. The guy initially rides a bicycle. In later levels, the player can choose other vehicle and rider options.
The game offers 20 riding areas with grassy paths and buildings. The neighborhood is teeming with time-consuming and deadly obstacles, including bins, cans, crates, stairs, platforms, trampolines, spikes, circular blades, low-hanging outcroppings, seesaws, bombs, arrows, giant, double-edge razor blades, axes, maces, glass panels, electrical lines and rolling boulders.
Unlike similar games, the player can allow the guy to become slightly injured or flip the vehicle forward or backward so much that he falls off without injury. The only time they must restart a level is if the guy dies, which happens in excruciating and bloody ways. If the player wins a level, they might receive up to three stars, depending on how many they retrieve while riding, and a time bonus. They also receive points.
Short Ride offers one additional fantastic feature not seen often with these types of games. The player can create their own levels to save and play! They receive access to basic layout and background elements and a certain number of objects, dangers and vehicles.