The object of "Neon Rider" is to complete each course by driving a motorcycle from beginning to end in the shortest time possible. There are a total of 20 levels of challenging obstacle courses.
The first levels start out easy and become progressively harder. Players can receive points for collecting bonus items or for performing stunts such as a back-flips or wheelies. When the color of the road changes in the game, the player must match the color of the motorcycle to the color of the road. A health meter determines the amount of life a player has left and becomes lower with damage to the bike.