Risky Woods is an action-platformer similar to Ninja Gaiden or Ghosts 'n Goblins that follows the adventurer Rohan as he travels across hostile territory rescuing a group of monks trapped inside stones. The player can upgrade their projectile weapons, and even earn themselves stronger armor in some versions of the game. In addition to watching their health, the player is also given a strict time limit to finish levels and must be wary of traps that cause delays.
Risky Woods was developed by Spanish studio Dinamic Software, and was the last game they released before the company folded. The game was originally published on home computers in Europe before seeing a worldwide release via a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis port. This Mega Drive/Genesis port was co-developed by Zeus Software and distributed by Electronic Arts.