“ Genre: Action / Rating: E10 - (Everyone 10+) / 1 player / published by: Disney Interactive „
I thoroughly enjoyed Disney's film Bolt, even opting to see it in 3D, but as usual, my expectations were very low regarding their video game of the same name, and rightly so; Bolt isn't a BAD game, but it's not an especially good one either, and not one I would really endeavour to play again (I borrowed it). Nevertheless, it's going to appeal to kids and is at least well designed to that end even if it's not a good game objectively.
The game is one of two halves: you play as Bolt's owner Penny for half the game, during stealth-based missions and also during platform-hopping ones, where as Bolt gets to do the more action-packed ones, where stealth is not an option. They are two different types of level: I imagine kids are going to prefer Bolt's simpler action-based levels, while adults might prefer the challenge (small though it might be) required in Penny's. The game has a fair level of mechanics, particularly with regard to what Bolt can do, but it is ultimately spread a bit too thin and after a while gets repetitive, for there should have been less action-y levels. That said, kids shouldn't have too many problems with Penny's levels either: they just require a bit more active thought.
Given my expectations, this isn't really that bad. There are a few fun set-pieces, and the developers definitely had their heads on straight by not making the game exclusively action-based or stealth-based. It is hardly deep or detailed, but it'll keep your kid's attention for a few hours, and they will identify with the well-recreated visuals from the film. It entertains its target audience and that's what matters really.
In Disney's Bolt, players take on the heroic personas of the TV star dog, Bolt, and his owner, Penny, from the high-action television series featured within the film. As Bolt, players can use his superpowers, including laser vision and his superbark, which sends out a sonic blast to devastate opponents, and as Penny, players utilize stealth, hacking skills and a wheelbar, inspired by her scooter seen in the movie, to outwit enemies.