I have played a ton of LEGO video games over the years and particularly enjoyed the LEGO Batman series in the past. Since my kid has grown up and is now a teen, we don’t play much together anymore, let alone “kiddy games” like LEGO, but when Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment was kind enough to send me a copy of LEGO The Incredibles, I just had to grab him and spend an afternoon breaking things and collecting studs. This time around developer TT Fusion got to use the, well, incredible world of Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles, and while you would think with only two movies to reference there wouldn’t be too much to this game, but I was so wrong. Not only do players get to follow along with the stories of the two films, but also have a large open city to explore and a ton of extra Disney and Pixar characters to play as or collect. There was just so much to do that before we knew it, an afternoon flew by and we both had a great time.
LEGO The Incredibles starts out in a linear format using the story of the second film. While I haven’t seen the movie, I am assuming it follows pretty closely to the plot. Players are thrown into the roles of Mr. Incredibles and Elastigirl who must stop the Underminer with the help of their ice controlling pal Frozone. The usual LEGO formula was there, hearts for life, studs to collect, and everything is breakable for more of them. Players must cooperate and use various powers to open up areas and the game does a great job of teaching you the basic attacks and powers, so even younger players and those new to the LEGO games will be able to pick it up quickly.
After the initial story driven level the game opens up a “hub world”, the city of Metroville. Here is where my son and I learned we could literally take cars from the LEGO citizens and drive around, and while it seems odd given that this is a game for kids, we both instantly saw the similarities with Grand Theft Auto. I am told this was the case even more in LEGO City Undercover but I never got to play it. As we plowed into the residents of the city, I could not believe I was being rewarded with studs for mowing them down! As I drove around looking for the hookers (no they didn’t include any) the heads up display told showed us different task we could go complete for rewards. I was surprised at how much there was to do and how much freedom I was given to just explore the city. After driving around a bit and doing side missions we continued the story.
The story does a good job of summing up scenes from the films and keeping the same feel and humor. The voice acting isn’t bad, the only noticeable difference for me from the film characters voice actors was Mr. Incredible, but otherwise they do a spot on job sounding like the originals. Holly Hunter is not an easy voice to emulate I assume, but the actress pulls it off. My biggest complaint was having not seen the second film, I really had the whole plot and maybe even scenes spoiled by playing LEGO The Incredibles before seeing it. It was also odd that the game starts out with the second movie THEN progresses into the first. But LEGO games are not about the story and more about having fun and playing together. In that LEGO The Incredibles exceeded my expectations. Players even compete a little at the end of levels, button mashing to achieve a goal, it was chaotic and childish, but that’s a good thing in this context.
As you progress players can unlock new characters to use and also just collect various characters from the Pixar movies as collectables. Of course there are also tons of other collectables to find thus giving players a reason to return to levels and hunt them down. Completionists will find many many hours of playtime in LEGO The Incredibles. Graphically the game looks as we should expect, LEGO-fied versions of all the characters with cartoonish levels and cityscapes. The soundtrack utilized The Incredibles theme music, a little too often at times, but it definitely feels “heroic.” Combat gameplay was more or less enjoyable depending on the character, but they each have some very cool moves and even cooler super moves to pull off. The puzzles are simple enough to complete and use many of the tried and true LEGO game mechanics. If it ain’t broke…
LEGO The Incredibles is an excellent game if you are a parent and want to play with your kids, any adult should still find the game fun and notice the similarities to GTA and other sandbox games with a story. Kids themselves will enjoy the setting and of course the familiarity of all the previous LEGO games. The cooperation aspects will keep kids playing well together and the size and scope of objectives and side missions will keep them entertained for hours on end. While not the best LEGO game I have ever played, LEGO The Incredibles is definitely near the top of that list. If you enjoy these type of games and also love the Pixar movies, you can’t go with LEGO The Incredibles.