The game is a fairly basic little action/platform title, definitely suitable for the kids. Players control Bolt and Penny as they battle villains, sneak around espionage-style, run, jump, solve puzzle and the like. Kids will definitely get a kick out of some of Bolt's action-based levels and cool abilities. Not only can he tackle opponents, but he can thrash them around as though they were chew toys and use special moves like the potent Superbark attack, which not only knocks back enemies but can also be used to break obstacles, and Laser Eyes. Even better, sometimes the game goes into slow-motion mode, which definitely enhances the coolness factor of our canine hero's attacks and abilities.
Penny's levels, on the other hand, tend to involve more exploration than combat. Often during her segments, players will need to master Quick Time Events--gameplay bits where you need to quickly press the highlighted button. She also can hack into computers, spawning a shooting minigame almost identical to the one used by Bentley in the Sly Cooper games. On the whole, Bolt is pretty enjoyable, but there are times it can be difficult to figure out where you're supposed to go or do next. It could get somewhat frustrating, especially for younger games. Fortunately, even when they fail, they are given an endless amount of retries, while should help matters out at least somewhat.