The Tilt Gondola serves as a quick method of transport. When Kirby jumps into it, the player will gain control over it. The boat is gyro-controlled — tilting the 3DS left or right will cause the gondola itself to move that direction across its track. Kirby can freely jump out of it by pressing A.
Sections of stages containing Tilt Gondolas are often filled with hazardous traps, which Kirby must brake for to avoid taking damage. The gondola is occasionally unnecessary for the pink puff's progression, but certain stages contain puzzles requiring him to move a key across a giant gap with the gondola.
As with all the gyro-controlled objects in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the player can reset the gyroscope by tapping a button on the touch screen.
The Tilt Gondola is a small gondola lacking oars. The little vessel is suspended from a pink track by a white rope with red and blue stripes, making it resemble a basket. The rope and track connect via a red orb with a spinning star icon. In The Arena and The True Arena, Tilt Gondolas look more colorful and connect to the track by crystalline ropes.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Tilt Gondolas take on the appearance of submarines.