Awful Tower requires the player to scale a giant tower by jumping from block to block. The player will start at the ground level of the tower, and must time their jumps correctly in order to reach the top. The blocks that they must jump on are small and move in different directions. This requires the player to be careful when jumping to a different block. If the player over jumps a block, they will fall until they reach the ground or a lower block. There will also be various Hammer Bros. on various level of the tower that will throw hammers at the player. The player must try to avoid the hammers while they are traversing the tower. If a hammer hits the player, then they will fall down a few levels. There are also a few coins located on different levels of the tower. The coins are usually located near the edge of the blocks, so it may be risky to attempt to grab the coins.
When the player arrives at the top of the tower, they will notice a block with an arrow on it. The first player that reaches the block with the arrow will win the mini-game. Any additional coins collected during this mini-game will also be added to the character's coin total.