Urban Trial Freestyle is a side-view motorbike racing game similar to the Trials series. The game offers three game modes and includes 47 levels. The player controls a motorbike through a busy urban environment by accelerating, braking and balancing in the air. There is a fixed path to progress, but often there are optional parts that can be reached with a high speed or a high jump to use an alternate route or to collect additional cash. The goal is to master riding skills and to achieve various goals such as finishing the track before time runs out, performing stunts (highest jump, longest jump, flips, precision and others) or beating time challenges.
Cash gathered during levels is used to upgrade bikes (wheel, chassis and engine) and to buy new outfits. The game shows the best players' pictures/avatars on billboards placed along the racing tracks, based on the best scores in the leaderboards. Many races are done showing ghosts of other players, downloaded automatically and yours are uploaded as well. There are five main areas with different levels for each. To keep progressing and unlocking new stages, up to five stars per track need to be gathered by performing well. Tracks have various hazards and obstacles. Riders also need to knock down trees to create a path or use jump pads or an elevator to reach a higher area. Events in the background influence races as well, with crashing helicopters, cars that cross the track and explosions. Next to the main game mode there is a stunt mode where you need to fling the rider as far as possible using explosives, and a time attack mode.