The games are unique in that they have interactive menus. The games play similarly to other traditional platformers, including running, jumping to attack, and wall jumps. A bar on the top left corner of the screen shows health, which can be restored by collecting swirls. Collecting 100 swirls grants an extra life. Bosses appear at the end of each world, and are the focus of the minimal story. Both games have collectible trophies that improve replay value, and World 2 features different pants colors that can be collected.
The Fancy Pants games have been critically sucessful and popular on Newgrounds. World 1 and 2 have over 1.4 and 1.2 million views. The average scores of 4.31/5 and 4.39/5, and average reviews are 9.4/10 and 9.7/10. The series has won seven awards thus far, and World 2 won Game of the Year at the 2008 Tank Awards. Fancy Pants Man was a playable character in the previous year's winning Game, Newgrounds Rumble. Both main games are included in Flash Portal History.
Brad Borne announced that World 3 is in development, and would enter the beta stage in mid-2010. Swimming was planned, along with a new character, Cutie Pants Girl, and a pencil weapon similar to the one found in Newgrounds Rumble. In November 2010, however, a Fancy Pants game for XBox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network was announced, and was planned for release in the spring of 2011. The game will be published by Electronic Arts. World 4 is in development and Brad has made some Report videos on his YouTube channel ands on his website BorneGames where you can also find the World 1 Remix. It's basically a mush better game with many of the new thing that are going to be in the final version of World 4.