Safari Sketch is a match-three puzzle game along the lines of classics such as Bejeweled and Jewel Quest. The main game-play features swapping tiles to create matches of three or more of the same tile-type in rows or columns. The tiles are then removed and the tiles above fall down to fill the empty space. As a tile is removed the background for that tile is also cleared, thus the goal of each board is to clear the background tiles by making matches above each board space.
Safari Sketch includes hand-rendered illustrations of over 50 of the worlds endangered and exotic creatures. An illustration is displayed at the completion of each level and compiled in a journal the player can peruse at any time. Included with the illustration is a brief journal entry describing some interesting facts about the creature portrayed.