Originally developed for the 7 Day FPS Challenge in 2013, Superhot is an independent first-person shooter that blurs the line between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem. Unlike most shooters, time in Superhot progresses at normal speed only when the player moves or fires a weapon; otherwise it slows down to allow the player to assess their surroundings. The minimalist art style makes enemies and weapons stand out in stark contrast to the white environment, helping the player to keep their focus.
The game's levels take place in a variety of locations, including office buildings, bars, mansions and border crossings. While some levels are reminiscent of traditional shooters, others are more complex puzzles that require the player to move around the area in order to take out all the enemies and solve the level's objective.
A single enemy bullet can kill the player, forcing them to be careful in order to survive. This creates a sense of urgency and adds to the tension of the gameplay. The player's quick deaths and quick comebacks encourage them to learn the game's environment and the patterns of enemies in order to beat each level.
Upon completing the main story of Superhot, the player can unlock additional modes that provide new challenges and content for the player to experience. There is also a virtual reality version of the game, which the player can play using the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset devices. A standalone expansion titled Mind Control Delete, which introduces roguelike elements such as permadeath and procedural generation into the game, is currently available in early access.