Dead Trigger gameplay is first and foremost, a first person shooter. The game has standard controls, a virtual joystick, tap to shoot/reload, and the pause button. The player takes control of an unnamed person, and begins in a series of tunnels, which are filled with Zombies, which are the main antagonists of the game. There are objectives the player can perform. During -, the player must retrieve a set number of "resources", and bring them back to a van. In -, the player must kill a set number of zombies in order to complete the mission. For -, the player is given a time limit which they must survive in order to recieve money and special rewards. Lastly, in -, the player has to guard one or two entrances in order to pass the mission.