Like its predecessor, LBA 2 is real-time adventure. It combines several action game/arcade sequences and some elements from the role-playing game genre. The game’s gameplay is partially free-roaming, allowing the player to travel around the islands once they have been “unlocked” by completing certain objectives; there are also many tasks which are optional or non-linear. Certain locations in the game are initially blocked from the player until they progress to a certain stage.
Almost all characters can be talked to, and enemies are often performing tasks while the game world is active.