|“||Collect Fuse Beads and defeat as many enemies as you can as you head for the goal. Slice through enemies left and right with your famous sword!”|
|— How to Play • Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn|
Slash & Bead features four stages, however only the first one is unlocked by default. The other stages are unlocked by progressing through story. A new stage is unlocked after beating every other level, starting with Hot Land. Upon entering a stage, a three second countdown will play before giving control to the player. Pressing a direction on the +Control Pad or Circle Pad will cause Meta Knight to move; he can run along the ground or fly around, but will begin to descend if a direction isn't input for a while. Pressing A causes him to slash, to which he can perform four consecutive hits in a similar fashion to Wire. Pressing B or Y causes him to use Piercing Slash, causing him to lunge in the direction input in a similar fashion to Drill Rush. Pressing R while Meta Knight's meter is full allows him to perform a special move that defeats all enemies on screen.
The player is ranked based on the amount of Fuse Beads collected, which are each 1 point, Luminas collected, which are each 50 points, and enemies defeated, which is 5 points per enemy. The possible ranks are C, B, A, and S. Each rank obtained will give the player a new mat to use. The player can use the Fuse Beads and mats collected to craft furniture items.
Depending on the rank obtained, the player can obtain up to four mats per stage. These mats are used alongside Fuse Beads to make furniture items.
|Stage||Rank||Mat||White Fuse Beads||Blue Fuse Beads||Green Fuse Beads||Orange Fuse Beads||Red Fuse Beads||Purple Fuse Beads||Yellow Fuse Beads||Black Fuse Beads||Lumina Beads||Fuse Bead Total||Furniture|
|Stage 1||Rank B||Azure||36||0||0||48||36||0||31||4||5||160||Beaded Parasol Waddle Dee|
|Rank S||Chartreuse||29||0||692||0||170||0||118||7||10||1026||Beaded Fangora|
|Rank C||Green||26||3||0||0||0||0||30||10||4||73||Beaded Buttonbee|
|Stage 2||Rank C||Magenta||36||16||0||0||34||0||0||0||4||90||Beaded Jelly Jr.|
|Stage 1||Rank A||Blue||0||0||205||0||42||0||8||0||6||261||Beaded Slobba|
|Stage 2||Rank S||Red||5||0||141||448||90||29||248||0||9||970||Beaded Hot Wings|
|Rank B||Purple||20||84||0||29||6||0||8||89||5||241||Beaded Truck Monster|
|Stage 3||Rank C||Olive||0||47||2||63||16||0||0||0||4||132||Beaded Shelby|
|Stage 2||Rank A||Red-Orange||238||0||0||8||38||0||0||8||6||298||Beaded Grizzo|
|Stage 3||Rank B||Blue||24||126||0||64||4||0||30||3||6||257||Beaded Block Waddle Dee|
|Rank S||Indigo||60||0||0||0||72||0||94||241||9||476||Beaded Squashini|
|Rank A||Green||0||0||268||32||0||0||28||0||7||335||Beaded Sulkworm|
|Stage 4||Rank A||Purple||0||58||0||0||133||281||38||0||7||517||Beaded Lickeur|
|Rank C||Brown||13||16||0||0||83||0||7||0||4||123||Beaded Uniclod|
|Rank B||Green||9||40||18||54||43||0||36||4||5||209||Beaded Balloon Waddle Dee|
|Rank S||Turquoise||415||536||0||0||0||34||88||0||11||1084||Beaded Capamari|
|Extra||You cleared all the stages!||Purple||126||0||0||0||656||560||186||380||14||1922||Beaded Halberd|
|You got an S Rank on all stages!||Chartreuse||44||16||225||264||72||40||186||71||13||931||Beaded Yin-Yarn|
Slash & Bead's name appears to be based on Slash-and-burn, a type of agriculture involving cutting down plants and burning them to make nutrient-rich soil. The name also closely resembles "Hack and slash," referencing its genre of gameplay.