In its basic mechanics, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds follows the basics of RTS games where your objective is to build an empire and defeat the opposition. Unlike other RTS games however, it is instead focused on real-time strategies. This means that while battles are usually fought between various sides across planets, the objective in each battle is to be the first to reach a specific target, complete with a full recruitment of all soldiers. Each of the four classes in Galactic Battlegrounds are designed specifically to fill this role. These classes include stormtroopers, imperial troops, light sabre guards, and bounty hunters.
The two main campaigns in Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds are the Story Campaign and the Arena Campaign. The Story Campaign allows you to take control of a Rebel Alliance and lead them to victory over the Empire. The Arena Campaign lets you participate in mock space battles using space battle vehicles such as the Death Star and the Imperial shuttle. These two campaigns can be played in single player as well as multi-player modes, where one team of players control a group of ships in an effort to eliminate the enemy.