Players create their own playable character known as programs to battle and defeat enemies in Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids. The game allows players to roam around the world of Tron in Grid Tanks, Light Cycles, Recognizers or on foot for hand-to-hand combat. The game features Story mode which includes many games and some small hubs. In each hub there are programs with jobs, or quests that the player can complete for bits (bits can also be found scattered around the hubs) and use them for further customization to the Players' program. There is a cheat code system for unlocking in-game elements. Up to four players can play at the same time in local multiplayer.
- Grid Games features several games for players to play. This mode goes up to 4 players. Grid Games features Light Cycle arena, Light Cycle Races, Disc Arena, Light Runner Arena, Light Runner Races, HyperBall and Tanks.
- Story Mode is the campaign and where players can play the main story of the game. The player will play countless Grid Games to become the Champion of the Grid Games.
- Championship Mode is where players can pick any 4 to 8 Grid Games and play them as rounds in a Grid Championship Game. This mode goes up to 4 players.
The Wii version supports the use of Wii MotionPlus, but only in HyperBall, where it allows players to perform advanced shots when launching and returning the ball. The Light Cycle and Light Runner modes can also be played with the Wii Wheel.