Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. 51
    A few good ideas went into Bolt but the execution is all wrong. Playing as Bolt is both annoying and repetitious and Penny's stealth sections are pointless because of her ability to take down enemies with a single QTE.
  2. Bolt is an action platformer that benefits from its super ambitions, even if it doesn't completely live up to them.
  3. Straightforward, easy-to-follow exploration and button-mash gameplay. Fun for kids but severely repetitive.
  4. For anyone who has enjoyed recent Disney titles such as Wall-E or other platform games like the recent LEGO Batman, Bolt is just as fun, putting new spins and different functions to otherwise standard platform tasks.
  5. As a final verdict, I'd recommend Bolt for anyone old or young who liked the movie and enjoys platform-style adventure games with a healthy mix of fighting.
  6. 72
    Even with its rickety presentation Bolt is a highly entertaining and truly enjoyable experience that fans of the movie will enjoy.
  7. A worthy companion piece to the film - against all odds the stealth is actually fun. [Feb 2009, p.100]
  8. Bolt is a good action/platformer that should be a solid choice for fans of the film. The voice acting, fast-paced gameplay, and atmosphere are most reminiscent of Bolt’s big-screen adventure, and you’re not likely to get bored.
  9. Disney should've given Bolt's right-hand hamster Rhino his own game instead of shoving this one through the doggy door.
  10. A rushed, conceptual mess. Even as a kid-pleasing movie tie-in, it's barely acceptable stuff. [Mar 2009, p.74]
  11. Childrens games have their own merit, but it's unacceptable to dumb down the controls without adding charm, varied gameplay or even some kind of gimmick. Bolt just manages to be an uninspired button-masher with last-gen graphics, and there are many other games out there that suit a younger audience than this.

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