LEGO The Incredibles Review

Richard Walker

Upon its announcement, LEGO The Incredibles didn't seem like the most obvious choice for the TT Games treatment, but with a new movie in cinemas, LEGO The Incredibles is clearly the most obvious choice for a LEGO game. In recent years, there's been a degree of fatigue setting in when it comes to LEGO titles, but amazingly, LEGO The Incredibles somehow manages to slightly refresh the ageing formula by dialling things back a bit.

By focusing on just two films and just over 100 characters, there's not much in the way of flab in LEGO The Incredibles, even if the selection of playable minifigures do scrape the barrel a bit. That is unless you're excited about playing as seven different versions of Mr. Incredible, an Old Lady with a cat, or the Mayor of Municiberg. For Pixar fans, there are non-Incredibles characters to unlock too, which is a neat touch, and you'll also find easter eggs from the Disney animation studio's other movies.


There are twelve, mostly varied levels to punch and smash your way through, with each member of the super-powered Parr family packing their own unique abilities that feed into co-op actions and some light puzzling that actually strays from the usual LEGO path. Obviously, there are still many of the same core mechanics at work in LEGO The Incredibles, but there's enough new stuff here to make it at least feel a bit different.

Fundamentally, you'll find yourself still carrying out many of the same tasks from the previous LEGO games, whether it's breaking structures and scenery then collecting millions of little studs, fighting enemies with single button combos, or figuring out which ability you need to find ever minikit when you're replaying the story in Free Play mode. As ever, to achieve 100%, you'll have to play through the game twice.

Municiberg city serves as the hub area tying it all together, and here you'll find ten different regions, each with its own Crime Wave unfolding that you'll need to foil. Each district has its own set of missions and challenges to complete, and there are five district bosses to defeat and send to prison. With so much to do in the hub area and within the story itself, which spans both The Incredibles films, LEGO The Incredibles is pretty substantial, even if it seems comparatively small next to LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 with its 200-odd characters and multiple hub worlds.

Family Builds bring something else new to the table too, enabling the Parr family to band together and create large scale objects that are often used to defeat bosses or overcome huge obstacles during the story, or restore a structure within Municiberg. There are 12 special Pixar Family Builds too, that once built (in exchange for the requisite number of 'Incredibricks') unlock a character from one of Pixar's other films like Dory from Finding Dory, Cars' Lightning McQueen, Woody from Toy Story, and so on.

Again, TT Games knows how to do its source material justice, and so LEGO The Incredibles is not just a celebration of the two Incredibles movies (including Incredibles 2, out now, kids), but Pixar's entire cinematic oeuvre. And as far as the LEGO games are concerned, LEGO The Incredibles is certainly one of the better, more enjoyable ones to emerge in recent years.


There are minor bugs, there are occasional annoyances with the game's camera, constant instances of screen tearing, and these are problems that have persisted in the LEGO games for years. But that doesn't stop LEGO The Incredibles being every bit as fun as you'd expect a LEGO title to be, and this one is infinitely more enjoyable for being a little smaller, a bit more manageable.

Each of its levels seem to have been assembled with greater care and attention, and it feels as if a little more effort has been put into the game's puzzles and various gameplay mechanics. LEGO The Incredibles is more a case of quality over quantity, and importantly, none of the game's twelve story levels outstay their welcome.

Ostensibly, LEGO The Incredibles is more of the same, and if like me, you've played dozens of LEGO games, you might be finding the formula a mite tiresome. However, there's so much to like about LEGO The Incredibles, from the energy and pace of the game's narrative based on the new movie in the first half and the original film in the second, to the hub world packed full of neat challenges, missions and criminals to bring to justice. If it's nice, clean family fun you're after, then you need look no further.

LEGO The Incredibles

Go and see the movie (unless you don't mind the game spoiling it for you), then get the family around and set about restoring order to Municiberg. LEGO The Incredibles is a fun, focused LEGO game that ditches a lot of the extra fripperies, and is all the better for it.

Form widget
72%
Audio
80%

A mix of voice work from the movies, some original dialogue recorded for the game, and the soundtrack. Plasticky LEGO sound effects are always a pleasure.

Visuals
70%

Played a LEGO game? This one looks like the others, with lovely shiny bricks and minifigures, but in the shape of The Incredibles. Screen tearing and occasional camera issues mar things a bit.

Playability
75%

Conventional pick up and play LEGO fare: jumping, smashing, flying, super powers... It's all good, wholesome fun. You know what you're getting, although this is one of the better LEGO games in a while.

Delivery
70%

Twelve levels and a fun post-game bonus level, loads of secrets to unlock, and a sizeable hub area, there's plenty to do in LEGO The Incredibles. It's nice and polished too, but more of the same.

Achievements
80%

Fairly conventional, for the most part, but this is a list that's still an enjoyable one to tackle. Even if it is incredibly easy.

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