HotHead is a retro-style platforming shooter game.
Choose between two game modes: "Arcade Mode and "Stage Mode." In "Arcade Mode" you will have to progress through all of the stages with a limited number of lives. "Stage Mode" allows you to play the game at your own pace. Each stage has three letters: "H," "O," and "T." Collecting all three will gets you a "HOT Bonus." In "Arcade Mode" the "Hot Bonus" will grant you an extra life. In "Stage Mode" it will add your current power-ups to your inventory.
HotHead can be played with either a keyboard and mouse setup or with a game controller. With the game controller, there are two control options: Single joystick or dual joystick gameplay.
There are two types of power-ups in HotHead. One modifies your attack, while the other grants you a bonus effect. There are four power-ups of each type. You can only hold one of each type at a time. In "Stage Mode" you can collect power-ups by completing stages and getting the "Hot Bonus." These power-ups will go in your inventory where you can select which power-ups you want to use before selecting a stage.
Each stage has a goal score and time to beat. If you obtain the goals for each world you will be rewarded with a bonus for "Stage Mode."