Summer Resort Mogul is a time management game where players get to build and run their own resort. Players are given a set of goals to achieve on each level. These goals can be building a certain type of structure, reaching a certain amount of money, or getting three stars for some of the structures. The game is also timed, so players must complete all the tasks before time runs out. Completing the tasks quickly gives the player more bonus points. The game offers 45 challenges all in all, and players get to build a resort in three different locations. Some of the structures that can be built include theaters, bungalows, swimming pools, restaurants, and dance clubs.
Players assume the role of one of the candidates for inheriting a resort. Players must face off against a cousin in order to prove to be the rightful owner of the resort. When upgrading structures and buildings, players also get to receive a trophy. Upgrading also gives the player more profit, and in turn more buildings can be bought. Aside from upgrading buildings, players must also make sure that they are well maintained by cleaning them or repairing them if they break down. At the end of the game, the rightful owner of the resort will be decided.