Tough Turf resembles Technos Japan's 1987 beat 'em up arcade hit, Double Dragon. Up to two players control two office workers who appear to be leaving work and decided to proceed through warehouses and urban areas beating up gang members. Tough Turf's control configuration is composed of two attack buttons (punch and kick), as well a jump button to fight against enemies or overcome obstacles. The player has access to a repertoire of techniques by pushing these buttons individually or in combination. Weapons are also along the lines of long iron pipes, knives and broken bottles.