The gameplay of this game mainly focuses on a vertical, launch style game and quite different from its previous games. Players can enjoy this game through 4 different modes including Story Mode, Classic Mode, Payload Mode, and Sandbox Mode. In which, Story mode is the default mode that players need to overcome to unlock the rest ones.
This is the first game that new players need to overcome (unless they use the easter egg to unlock remaining modes). The players' main task in this mode is to earn money and get better upgrades to prove that penguins can make it to space.
There are 6 levels in this mode. Firstly, it is a race to the moon at an altitude of 200k difficulty. After that is 500k difficulty, 1M difficulty, and 4M difficulty. Finally, in order to beat this mode totally, players are required to complete each game faster and faster. In detail, they are required to beat this mode on the difficulty of 200k in under 11 days; beat it on 4M difficulty in under 29 days; beat it on 200k difficulty in under 7 days; or beat it on 4M difficulty in under 14 days. And of course, with people who can pass these challenges, they will receive the reward and medal worth their effort.
To overcome all of these challenges, players need to have different launchers like Coil, Slingshot, Tilt Cannon, Grenade, Alien Bait ...
After completing the story mode, players will come with the classic mode. This mode offers a similar concept to the original games. It requires players to control their penguin and fly right to a certain distance. However, different from the original games, in this mode, the required distance for players is 500000 instead of 6000 like in previous games.
There are two medals in this mode including Classic Mode and Classic Challenge. The medal Classic Mode is earned by finishing the game while the Classic Challenge is earned still by finishing the game but just in under 11 days.
This is the exclusive mode to this game. It is also obtained by completing the story mode for the first time. In this mode, the main mission of players is to try to carry a given weight while flying to space. A special thing is that the space in this mode is always at the altitude of 200000'.
Players will complete this mode if they can carry the heaviest payload (150) and fly to space. If they can do it, they will receive the medal Payload Mode. In addition, if they can complete this mode in under 16 days, they will receive the Payload Challenge medal.
The rest mode in this game is Sandbox. This is also the gamemode exclusive to Learn to Fly 3. You can unlock this mode by complete the story mode 200k for the first time. There are no aims or objectives in this mode and players can modify various factors in game such as Weight, Payload, Speed, etc. This is also the only legitimate mode that allows players to cheat to overcome. There is only a medal in this mode - sandbox mode medal; and players can get it by playing 20 days in sandbox mode.