Anco's Karting Grand Prix affords the player the opportunity to negotiate a series of tracks of varying difficulty against up to two other opponents. Budding drivers are initially confronted with an options screen, from which game parameters are altered. At least one driver is controlled by the computer, and one or two human players can take the wheel of either remaining kart. The weather conditions are changed to icy, wet or dry, and tyres and sprocket rating are altered to suit. The players' status may also be modified from novice to amateur, and any of the eight tracks can be practised before launching into the game itself.
The overhead display shows the track and surrounding landscape features while an information panel in the top quarter of the screen shows the number of laps required, the number of laps currently completed, a tyre strength meter and an elapsed time counter.
No qualification is necessary, since any of the tracks are tackled at any point. Total and best lap times plus bonuses are recorded on a highscore table displayed at the end of each race.