LEGO The Incredibles starts players off with a look at the second movie so those hoping to avoid spoilers, will be out of luck! I’ve waited a very long time for a sequel so reviewing this title was a bit difficult for me, but that didn’t stop me from having a bunch of fun with some of the world’s greatest superheroes.
Beginning directly from where the first movie begins, The Incredibles and Frozone are thrust into battle against new foe The Underminer. You’ve likely seen the movies – or, at least, the first one – and played LEGO games before, and The Incredibles does little to shake up the formula. The formula is already incredible though – the game is funny, action-packed and a great adventure for people of all-ages, and it remains true to the series. Whilst you’ll be mostly playing as the obvious choices, there are still plenty of characters including other superheroes from The Incredibles’ world, and other Pixar series.
The game plays similarly to other LEGO games in that you’ll batter some enemies, there’s no penalty to dying, and you’ll be building items to progress. The core formula may not change but TT Games have added a few new mechanics to take advantage of the focus on family. The most important items are built by bringing the family together and you need to build a specific part with each character before time is up, and the characters work in tandem together to solve puzzles as opposed to you just switching to a suitable character. Mr. Incredible can throw Violet and Dash to high ledges, Elastigirl can turn into a bridge or other objects to help her family and friends, and Frozone’s icy powers are a great boon in combat.
It isn’t long until you’re introduced to the grand open-world of LEGO The Incredibles, and it’s packed with collectables, civilians to help and groups of criminals to bring to justice. The vast city is fun to traverse but there’s also a fast-travel option for those who just want to get on with the story, but I recommend taking your time because the city is gorgeous and captures the feel of the movies incredibly well. It wouldn’t be Pixar-related if there weren’t easter eggs to find, so enjoy finding them! Some are very easy to miss, and some are dialogue-based.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 had its fair share of technical issues including notable framerate dips, but LEGO The Incredibles runs smoothly and looks fantastic. TT Games are clearly avoiding becoming too complacent and whilst the LEGO formula runs strong, and I believe it doesn’t need changing, it’s nice to see that they work on improving the performance and visuals where they can with each entry.
Many people still mourn the inclusion of voice-acting in the LEGO games, as opposed to the grunts and noises characters made back in the early days of LEGO games, but they only serve to add life to the games. We’ll never get a The Incredibles movie-based game outside of LEGO, but TT Games has made it so authentic that you won’t be left yearning for one – oddly enough, although they appeared in LEGO Dimensions, the voice talent for the movies don’t reprise their roles here, but the people who do take up the mantle do an excellent job and leave no room for complaints.
All of the LEGO games are made to be played solo or together with up to three friends or family members, and The Incredibles’ focus on family makes it a heart-warming experience. I played it alone, but if I were a parent I know I’d be picking this up to play with my kids and that’s some of the best praise which can be given to LEGO The Incredibles. If you’re a fan of The Incredibles then pick this one up – it’s one of TT Games’ most super games to date.