Nintendo World Report writes: "At first glance, Blast Works is just a side-scrolling horizontal shooter with a few unique characteristics not seen in other shooters. On closer inspection, you will realize that the game is actually much more of a shooter creation tool than anything else.
The core mechanics of Blast Works' gameplay involves the aforementioned side-scrolling horizontal shooting, but with a twist. As players defeat enemies they are able to attach the destroyed ships to their own ship. This augmentation activates the destroyed ships' guns, causing them to start shooting automatically. By attaching defeated ships to the various sides of your own ship, you can become a force to be reckoned with, spouting gunfire in all directions."