It simply tasks up to four players in looking for items pertaining to whichever cards they have. Each player picks one out of 10 available robots as their Player Character, and then moves their robot to a different part of the map each turn, which consumes some of their initial energy supply. The players can also scan for the items they're supposed to be hunting for, or can obtain a list of advantages/disadvantages the players have from their position on the field.
Robot Rascals contains examples of:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Besides the title itself, literally every item you are supposed to be scanning for has an alliterative name. Pixel Pencil, Cobalt Cola, Digital Donut, etc.
- Alliterative Title: Robot Rascals.
- Eye on a Stalk: Ize has it "eyes" positioned on its body this way.
- No Plot? No Problem!: The game, like most of its time period.
- Robot Names: The playable robots' names are usually an obvious reference to their design: a tracked robot is named Trak, a spherical one is Sphero, a bulky, rounded one is Belbot, etc. However, models like Ize avert this.
- Scavenger Hunt: The players control the robots to hunt down items based on what cards they have.
- Shout-Out: One of the items you can hunt for, Energy Eater, is very clearly Pac-Man.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Finding the Portal Passkey allows that lucky robot to teleport for free.
- Tin-Can Robot: The bulky, rounded design of the Belbot.
- Top-Down View: The game is viewed this way.