The key point of the game is that you are playing as a toy in a child's diorama: the trailer does a tongue-in-cheek comparison between multiple square-kilometer maps of games like Grand Theft Auto V or Skyrim and its toy world of 9 square meters. The actual gameplay is mostly puzzle and exploration-oriented, however, with only a limited focus on fighting.
Supraland provides examples of the following tropes:
- Anti-Frustration Features: The entrance to some puzzles are manned by an NPC, who helpfully lets the player know whether or not they have all the equipment needed to solve it.
- Beehive Barrier: These block off some areas until you get the McGuffin that lets you go through them.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: All the wooden boards you can easily destroy with your sword or slide are colored in bright red.
- Dem Bones: Tiny toy skeletons with comically large skulls a persistent enemy. Two swings from your sword are enough to put the basic ones down, but stronger ones appear later on as well.
- Double Jump: An upgrade you'll get pretty early in the game. Later on, there'll be a Triple Jump as well.
- Ground Pound: An attack available to your character, and which can quickly bring down even the armored enemies.
- Holy Halo: Mr. Messiah has one floating over his head.
- Heavily Armored Mook: The more advanced skeletons wear black metal armor, and either carry swords and shields, or spears with energy tips that also allow them to blast you at range.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Your first weapon is a wooden sword.
- Inexplicable Treasure Chests: Plenty of nooks and crannies have chests tucked away in them. Of course, they are hardly inexplicable when the entire thing is a toy diorama.
- McGuffin: There's one that literally has the same name.
- Red Is Heroic: Played straight, in that you and your fellow stick figures are red, whereas the opposing ones are blue.
- In a larger sense, however, both sides are shown to be equally wrong, as they battle over whether the Messiah belonged to their side. When he comes back in the end, however, he turns out to be purple, and calls both leaders a bunch of idiots for going to war over this in the first place.
- Shield-Bearing Mook: The strongest skeletons are armored, and fight with swords and shields.
- Tractor Beam: Force Beam is one of the later upgrades, which is essential to many of the late-game puzzles.