The game is based in part on the live-action film Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Players take the role of the Mean One himself in a third-person action-adventure game. Embark on a quest through 24 missions, from Whoville to an underwater world, and across four Seussian environments with three minigames plus a bonus level. Players will collect and assemble a variety of gadgets, such as the rotten-egg launcher, the slime shooter, bad breath, and the GrinchCopter. Players become the Grinch's sidekick Max the Dog to explore areas inaccessible to the Mean One.