There are three game modes available in Ice Age: Continental Drift: Arctic Games.
- Story mode is made up of 10 mini-games, each with unique goals and challenges. The player's team battles the computer to try to collect the most pieces of fruit. The team with the most fruit pieces is the winner.
- Tournament mode is the same as Story mode, only in this mode the player's team competes against another player's team.
- Free play mode allows the player the events from Story mode in any order, allowing the player to either set new high scores or to unlock all three medals (Bronze, Silver and Gold).