Yoshi’s Woolly World is a platform game where you play as Yoshi. The game is set in an universe where the characters and surroundings are made of yarn and fabric, similar to developer Good-previous Feel’s release Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Yoshi keeps several of his techniques from the Yoshi’s Island series of games, such as swallowing foes with his tongue and utilizing his flutter leap to reach difficult spots, and many aspects from the previous games, such as flowers and mystery clouds, return.
Unlike in earlier games, where consuming foes generates eggs that Yoshi can later toss, Yoshi makes balls of yarn instead. When tossed, these yarn balls may be used to tie up adversaries or fill up gaps on platforms and objects. Players may also collect white chicks, which when hurled, create temporary cloud platforms.
The game also offers cooperative play for up to two players, with players being able to swallow and toss their teammates, enabling them to reach locations that would otherwise be unreachable. Yoshi may use various changes to proceed through the game, and the game utilizes Nintendo’s Amiibo figurines. Yoshi, for example, can turn his legs into wheels.