"Running Fred" is a game featuring an online three-dimensional endless runner in which the player takes control of a character known as Fred. The game does not end until the player loses. The goal of the game is for the player to reach a new high score.
The premise of "Running Fred" is that Fred is trying to escape from the dwelling of Grim, the grim reaper. Several obstacles impeded Fred's path, such as pits filled with spikes, blades protruding from the wall and various traps. These obstacles cause an instant Game Over, and they force the player to start the game over from the beginning.
In addition to this, the player must also avoid obstacles that slow his progress. Grim constantly chases Fred in the game, and if the player slows down too much because of hitting a wall or column, then the grim reaper has a chance to catch up.
Speed boosts located throughout the level increase how fast Fred runs. Fred also has the ability to run along walls to avoid dangerous obstacles. The player can also collect items as he runs the course that he can use to purchase power-ups that help Fred run the course for a longer period.