Warin.space is a team game, with two teams in the game: red and blue. The goal of the game is to make your way through the enemy team's defenses and destroy their base. Players start with a weak and fragile ship, but can, by collecting and spending scrap, improve their vessel's abilities and upgrade their ship to more powerful models. Multiple upgrade options are available, each one with their own strengths and weaknesses.
There are currently 22 different spaceships in total, each with their own passive and active skills. These include shields, drones, turrets and area damage buffs, and allow for many different strategies and synergies. Effective teams work together using the strengths of multiple different types of ships.
Players are rewarded for their participation in a match with credits, with the most effective players getting a greater quantity. These credits can be spent on a variety of customization for ships.