The supers are taking over! Not content with dropping a brilliant new movie, Mr Incredible, Elastigirl and their kids are taking over video game systems worldwide in LEGO The Incredibles.
If you’ve ever played a LEGO game then you’ll have a fair idea what to expect, as no wheels are reinvented. Still, they do have the odd mod here and there that make for a fun adventure that’s based on both The Incredibles movies.
The story campaign is the first thing to assail, whereby you dive headlong into a tale based heavily on the plot of Incredibles 2 – seriously, don’t play this before seeing the movie – and then later gives us 2004’s The Incredibles. As the second movie commences just after the first one ended, it is beyond us as to why they put the second part first and the first part second here.
While key moments of both films are recreated, the game also riffs on them, often creating wholly new sub-stories as you head ever onwards. Simple puzzling is still the order of the day, with the odd new element – such as family pumping-up sessions for what we like to call “Incredibuilds” – added to the familiar mix of running, jumping, driving and smashing. While Mr Incredible exhibits your basic Hulk-like brute strength, Elastigirl brings a new mechanic to the table as she stretches through vents, morphs into a tramampoline (cheers, Homer) and so forth. Violet can do her protective ball thing – very helpful for toxic waste spills – while Dash is, not surprisingly, insanely speedy. As for baby Jack Jack, let’s just say that the wee tyke is most versatile.
Once again, the aim beyond finishing the story is to find all minikit parts and achieve all of the special brick requirements – tasks which, to complete, require a second playthrough in ‘free play’ mode, whereby any unlocked character (and their abilities) can be utilised.
The second – and, if you ask us, much more fun – aim of the game is conquering the open world section that’s based in the cities of Municiberg and New Urbem. Divided up into various districts, each has a ‘Crime Spree’ to complete, while innumerable other tasks are dotted around. These range from helping out the locals for blocky golden rewards to races, finding all manner of collectibles and digging up (sometimes literally) those elusive red bricks. At the completion of each Crime Spree a new build becomes available, which also yields a playable character from Pixar’s vast arsenal – for example, first up we get Dory. Not surprisingly, she’s very handy for underwater missions.
There’s heaps to do in this open world section, and it’s easy to get lost in just trundling around looking for bonuses without even completing missions.
Special mention must be made of the voice acting. While all of those recruited to recreate the movie voices do a credible (sorry) job, they all sound a little off, detracting somewhat from the overall experience.
In the sphere of LEGO games, LEGO The Incredibles is one of the shorter and easier entries that we’ve encountered, more akin to The LEGO Movie Video Game than any of the superheroic Marvel or DC ones. If you do want to get right down to it, ultimately there’s probably about 20 hours of gameplay here – not as much as many LEGO games, but enough to offer reasonable value, especially if you’re an Incredibles fan.
LEGO The Incredibles is available now for PS4 and Xbox One, with the Switch version breaking out on June 29.