The game's title character, 'Splosion Man, was created by the fictional laboratory Big Science. The character is made entirely of explosive material.The aim of the game is to "splode" through a series of levels consisting of puzzles, traps, and enemies to escape the facility. A splode is effectively a jump, and can also be used to kill enemies, such as scientists and robots, demolish walls, detonate explosive barrels or trigger other effects. The character can explode up to three times in quick succession at which point he will need to take a breather to replenish his supply.
'Splosion Man includes a story mode consisting of fifty levels, including three bosses, as well as up to four-player cooperative gameplay, with fifty coop-exclusive levels.When playing cooperatively the players are each presented in a different color to distinguish them from others. The game does not contain any usable items, but hidden in each level is a cake which can be consumed for extra points or achievements.