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I bought this because I must admit I was a fan of the movie. I also like action/adventure/platform games. The first few levels are basically showing you how to play the game which I think is a little silly considering all of the games are very similar in what they do. Through the game you pick up items that up your health and energy levels such as power items and hearts in Mario. The graphics are pretty good, the world is in full 3d like most DS games, though at times you do get problems with the camera. I cannot believe that developers haven't worked out how to make this perfect as was in Mario 64 which is a 10 year old game! There are a couple of different characters to use including Penny, this gives the game a little more diversity than just using Bolt all of the time. If you get tired of the main game which I am sure you will do unless you are perhaps very young there is a mini game called "Rhino Mission". I wouldn't rate the game that highly and wouldn't buy it if you werent' keen on the movie as you would probably be let down. There is little replay value.
A dog with super powers! Whatever will they think of next. When games comes along that take on movie covers, they are often pretty naff. It seems like the Disney machine turns out a lot of movies and games lately, but not many make it into the 'classics' list. So, when Bolt came to the big screen, we gave it a miss. However, for some reason, when it came to the (very) small screen on the Nintendo DS, my son still wanted it. Bolt is rated 7+ and is a single player game, though you can wireless connect to play two player mini co-operative games. You play the character Bolt, a dog. With mighty super powers such as laser vision and a sonic bark, you have to work your way through various levels defeating opponents that increase in difficulty. The game is very repetitive and I soon tired of it. My son rated it slightly better. Loving the simple control method. You can evoke the super powers either with the touch screen or with the Nintendo DS microphone, which is a nice addition. The graphics are pretty good, however the sound is only mediocre. Even though it is aimed at the younger player, my son soon got bored too and only played it about eight times before giving up.
Bolt for the ds was released in the UK on the 13 Feb 2009. I purchased this game for my son (he's 6) and after seeing the adverts and taking him to see the film, he really wanted the game. He likes dogs and superhero type things so seemed a good combination for him. I would say this game is defiantly aimed at the 5 to 10 year old age bracket, although I say 5 as there is quite a lot of reading to tell you what to do, so suitable from an age when your child can read basic instruction. I am reviewing the game from his opinion and my own (however I have not yet completed the game!) *The game* The game is only slightly based on the film as in the film he has no superpowers, instead, the game is one of the episodes in which Penny, Bolt's owner has to save her father from the green-eyed Calico. There is the main game, a multiplayer option (which I have not tried) and a mini-game called Rhino's mission. *Rhino's mission* made all of us laugh, for those with pet hamsters with exercise balls you will know how this appeals to children. The mission is to make your way around the mazes and past obstacles within a specified time. This was easy for me, however there is a choice of easy or hard. Never the less my son enjoys it. Not sure how many levels there are I got to level 5 and think there were still more! *Main game* Play as Bolt and use superpowers, including laser vision, ground pound and sonic bark to devastate opponents. The games gives clear instructions on how to make these powers work and when you need to use them, eg. laser vision. Or you can play as Penny and use hacking skills and wheel-bar as seen in the movie to outwit enemies. There are five exciting locations around the world, including Italy and Russia. You have to complete different missions which your are prompted on screen how to do so no real problem solving. Like I said I am yet to complete the game, mainly because I got bored, my son hasn't as he has been too busy in the school holidays. This game is defiantly for children as it has the added bonus of not letting you walk off the edge to die! a real plus point for the younger player! It does have its downfalls, the graphics and the camera angles are quite poor, would expect more from it being a good Disney film. It is not very challenging as you are told how to complete each mission. In conclusion Bolt is a good game if your child likes the film! It won't be the kind of game that you would pick up and play when they arn't looking! but it also won't be the kind of game where they complain that they keep dying or are stuck. I feel Disney could have done better with the graphics and the sound quality on the game, however that's my opinion, my 6 year old loves it!!! A good game for a beginner gamer!
Bolt for Nintendo DS takes man's best friend to a whole new level and beyond in a comedic, fast paced, high-action adventure around the world. Bolt invites players to take on the heroic personas of Bolt and Penny from the action-packed television series within the upcoming film, "Walt Disney Pictures Presents Bolt." The game takes place within this television world and incorporates a mix of intrigue, combat, action and platform-style game play. Players must explore, defend themselves and outsmart the evil villain Calico and save Penny's dad and the world.