Return to Mysterious Island is played in a first person perspective. Unlike in most other point-and-click games where you only look at still images the entire time, in Return to Mysterious Island, you can look around 360 degrees by simply swiping the screen, and this gives the game more of an interactive feel.
Much of the game, especially early on, is centered around collecting items to build up a large inventory. The game indicates another spot you can move to with an arrow, and you can move to that spot by pressing the arrow. Items you can pick up are marked with a hand icon, and pressing the icon adds the item to your inventory.