The team at TT Fusion Games have a longstanding track record for providing fantastic Lego games linked to Hollywood blockbusters, I’m pleased to say Lego The Incredibles game is no different.
The long awaited return of everyone’s favourite animated family of superheroes to the big screen will have plenty of adults vying for a prime seat in the cinema for some essential viewing, but there is another way to catch up with what’s happening in Municiberg. And given the cost of a cinema ticket, snacks and drinks for the family these days, it may cost less.
Get ahead of the pack and buy yourself Lego The Incredibles which will be released on 13th July for PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC. The game has been developed with the movie’s script in mind, so if you want to get a little sneak peak of what is coming to UK cinemas without the rush, and have plenty of family fun doing it, grab the Lego The Incredibles game.
So, Superheroes and Lego? Naturally I brought in the help of my 5 year old nephew to help review this one. Because while I would love to take over, I understand that the target market for this game fits in much better with his age group than mine. Despite how much I desperately would like to push the top end of that range up by a couple of decades, this is a game built for kids by bigger kids.
The game begins where The Incredibles movie left us; Municiberg is under attack from the Underminer with a huge drilling machine designed to cause havoc with the foundations of the city. This sets the scene for your tutorial where you get to grips with the game’s mechanics, which for the most part is learning each of the Incredibles move-set.
For children, the game works at a blisteringly fast pace when in the midst of villains. My nephew was button mashing all the way through crime waves and mini games, however there was some logic to it as he was clearly doing well. There are very useful on-screen hints which tell players what to do when it isn’t necessarily apparent how you progress further. Excellent for young players, useful for mums and dads too who can point out what to do if they’re stuck. You’ll need a keen ear as you’ll find characters will shout out hints and tips as well, but if you are engrossed in the gameplay, the backing sound FX and music can drown out the voices at times.
You are very unlikely to lose in any way on this game. You can pick up lives literally anywhere, mostly when you defeat a few villains in a mini-game or during a crime wave. So, as a parent you are unlikely to get a frustrated kid balling their eyes out because they keep getting killed. That being said, while mini games and puzzles can be repetitive, some parts need a little ingenuity. This makes it a great two player because not everyone has the same logic.
My 5 year old nephew pointed out that it would be great to be able to build things constructively within Lego The Incredibles. He’s right. At points throughout each task you may be required to construct a machine from Lego bricks of items you have destroyed in order to progress. Think of it like a master builder type scenario; you need to create a new build from lots of other different items. On PS4 you hold down ‘O’ while standing near the pile of bricks and the Lego bricks all pull together to create something new. However, my nephew at 5 years old wants to be able to build things himself i.e move bricks into position manually. Yes it’ll slow down the gameplay, but I reckon that Lego fans would quite like to be able to test out their creativity, maybe with a few hints in there as prompts. Just a thought from a very keen Lego and superhero fan who was disappointed that he was unable to build things for himself in a Lego game.
Given that the story is straight from the script of The Incredibles 2, it’s pretty faultless. A crime-solving family of superheroes with millions of fans returning to the big screen boosts the likeability of the story among the kids. It is easy to follow and the cinematic interludes keep you in check all the way along if you get lost in the gameplay. While the cinematic scenes are prominent they all help to explain what is going on in Municiberg and help to tie in the mini games and tasks you play through.
The introduction of an open world aspect to the game is very welcoming. After playing through a few of the tasks you do crave a break to just explore your surroundings and interact with characters. This may be a different angle to a 5 year old though, who will more than likely just want to kick some butt in the tasks over and over again. Each district of the city is under the control of a different villainous mastermind, and you are tasked with playing as different members of the Parr family depending on the task – sometimes teaming up with other superheroes – to defeat each enemy. The developers have worked hard to create this open world menu out of their own imagination. Crime waves are particularly fun because the music turns up a notch and you feel a sense of urgency to relieve the city of crime, even though it may only be someone’s ice cream being stolen it still counts!
It’s worth noting that there are plenty of options for character design, although this is not immediately apparent, and over 100 collectable characters from Pixar movies including Lightning McQueen and Wall-E means that the younger generation will likely keep coming back to discover more. Add into that an excellent focus on teamwork and interaction to complete tasks and you have a great family orientated game to boot where maybe dad can play Mr.Incredible and play out the myth he’s super strong on screen rather than putting his back out.
Lego The Incredibles will be available on 13th July in the UK for Nintendo Switch, PS4, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, and PC.