Joe Danger sees players riding a motorcycle and trying to get it safely to the end of each level, each with several objectives such as collecting letters or beating a time limit. Players are able to duck and hop to avoid obstacles and can position themselves whilst in mid-air. There are several parallel tracks in each level, which the player can switch at certain gates, enabling them to avoid obstacles or gain extra bonuses. Bonuses can also be attained for pulling off stunts such as landing on targets.
The game also features a level editor where players can create their own courses and share them online, as well as multiplayer modes.