We've played with plenty of blocky superheroes over the years but this time around, it's a family affair.
Lego The Incredibles contains interpretations of both films in the franchise with the recently released sequel being first on the agenda. If you've ever played a Lego game before then you'll generally know what to expect from this delightful movie-based adventure. However, the Parr family's super-powers help elevate the gameplay to a slightly higher plane. For starters, Mr. Incredible can charge through enemies and certain objects by simply running towards them. As expected, Violet can put up a force field and turn invisible and Dash can run almost as fast as Sonic the Hedgehog. All of that being said, the most impressive character by far is Elastigirl who can extend her body to extraordinary lengths and transform into useful objects such as a trampoline or a bouncy ball. There are other characters, too, including Frozone and Jack-Jack Parr (the baby) but no one stands out as much as the four main characters.
As expected from TT Fusion, Lego The Incredibles looks and sounds spot-on. The opening stage is action-packed and full of memorable moments as the family works together to take down the Underminer. From then on, you'll encounter plenty more characters and explore dozens of unique environments and everything looks fantastic. The audio is superb as well with satisfying effects, a movie-like score, and authentic voice clips. Overall, the presentational quality lives up to the renowned developer's high standards.
Lego The Incredibles is a huge game with a dozen lengthy stages and a massive hub world that's very rewarding to master. If you want to do everything in the entire game then it would likely take the average gamer about 20 hours to do so. Within the puzzle-filled stages, there are loads of secrets waiting to be found so replaying them again (and perhaps a third or fourth time) can be quite enjoyable. The stages themselves consist of at least a few set pieces where you'll find yourself solving puzzles, fighting bosses, and even partaking in the occasional preset action sequence. The hub world is initially full of criminals but as you deal with them and help the citizens, it becomes a much more welcoming place. Unlocking those precious red bricks and discovering new goodies is just the icing on the cake.
Although I found Lego The Incredibles to be a smoother experience than the last two Lego games that I played (Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 and The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game), it still has its issues. The most disappointing aspect is that a lot of the puzzles and boss fights are repeated throughout the campaign. Even a couple of hours into the story, I found myself thinking, "Oh, this again..." Unfortunately, the repetition persists throughout with plenty of scenarios that seem like they're cut and paste from other levels.
Finally, Lego The Incredibles just doesn't do enough to break out of the Lego game cookie cutter that it more often than not finds itself safely within. Sure, the Parr family's super-powers are awesome and there are a couple of fun additions like performing a special attack whenever you beat on enough baddies but that's about it. When it comes to multiplayer, even though I thought the co-op in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 was highly enjoyable, it didn't seem like it added much here. I actually found playing solo to be easier and more streamlined which is weird because I usually prefer playing these blocky adventures cooperatively with a chum by my side.
Lego The Incredibles is a smooth entry in the long-running Lego video game series. It doesn't do much to break out of the mold but there's no denying how ultimately solid and satisfying it is.
- + Classic Lego gameplay with a variety of enjoyable new super-powers
- + Huge stages that are full of secrets
- + Hub world is fun to master
- - A lot of scenarios, puzzles, and bosses are repeated far too often
- - Doesn't do enough to set itself apart from the dozens of other Lego games