The Lego game franchise has gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years, sporting faithful recreations of Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, the Marvel Universe and DC Universe plus so many more. There have been some real gems in there with just a couple that didn’t quite hit the same level as most of the other Lego titles by TT Games. This time around and for the first time, Lego has been paired with Disney Pixar as TT Games have released Lego The Incredibles. With both Incredibles and Incredibles 2 represented here and a bunch of extra features and content, Lego Incredibles looks to expand on the already brilliant library of games and licenses to keep the whole family entertained. Yes, you would think that this game would appeal to mainly children but just like previous Lego games, Lego Incredibles appeals to gamers of all ages, adults included.
As mentioned previously, both The Incredibles movies are represented here, although I found it strange that the game starts off by playing through Incredibles 2 first and then the original Incredibles after, it would make more sense the other way round surely. Anyway, it is obvious from the get go that TT Games have tried to faithfully recreate the films’ universe and they’ve done a decent job of it. Having said that Mr Incredible looks kind of strange as a Lego character but it’s easily forgiven considering how difficult it must have been to recreate such a disproportional character as a Lego figure in the first place. All the characters from the movies are present here and players are pushed straight in to the action right from the start. All the usual gameplay mechanics from past Lego games is prominent in this game and anyone familiar to these titles will feel right at home with how the game is played. What TT Games seem to have done here though is simplify some of the mechanics to possibly make it more accessible to younger gamers. That isn’t a criticism though as the fun and frantic aspect is still there, it just feels a little simpler in how certain things work.
While the gameplay is familiar and certainly fun, there are a few slight changes that don’t quite feel as responsive or as smooth as they have in past Lego games. The main one being the driving mechanics. Vehicles don’t seem to control as well as they do in games like Lego Superheroes or Lego City. Cars in particular feel loose and have a tendency to over steer, feeling over sensitive when going around corners. A new building mechanic called Family Builds have been added, where the characters in the level team up to do a mega build. These can consist of building big weapons, huge ramming tools or huge anchors to stop a high speed armoured train for example. All the usual gameplay mechanics are in there and for the most part it plays fairly well but despite adding a few subtle mechanics that are relatively new, it’s pretty much as you were in terms of the overall experience compared to Lego games in the past. While it’s certainly a fun game to play I can’t help but feel that maybe this formula is now getting a little stale and that TT Games should maybe consider a new engine where a major overhaul of the overall gameplay experience. Apart from that and a couple of little issues, overall Lego Incredible is a fun game to play and playing it with my kids made it even more fun, especially when teaming up to do the family builds.
As with all of the Lego video games, the visual style faithfully recreates a Lego universe that is fun and quirky. It’s a decent looking game with a vibrant art style and some great level design. Unfortunately though there are a few shortfalls that are quite surprising and suggests that maybe TT Games have scaled down the engine utilising a low setting or a basic version of it for some reason. The first thing I noticed was that although the game looks okay overall, it has a last gen look to it and suffered with some screen tearing that was prominent throughout the game. Also draw distance was fairly disappointing, looking blurry and some pop up appearing suggesting again that maybe an old version of the engine may have been used for this title. I tried it on both an Xbox One S and an Xbox One X with the latter not recovering any kind of enhancements, which is very disappointing considering Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 was X enhanced and looked fantastic. Despite these little shortfalls though, it’s still an appealing game to look at and doesn’t look bad by any means, I’m just disappointed it hasn’t had the same attention as others have had, maybe this was down to a possible lower budget allocated for it.
It’s worth noting that the audio does stand up and is actually really good, as in some of the past games the audio quality has been a little hit and miss, but it’s really on point here. There are especially great performances from Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks who along with some of the other cast did special recordings for the Incredibles 2 section of the game as well as what they did for the actual movie. As with all Lego games there are a bunch of things to do within the open world environments. There are obviously the main campaign missions, which if you concentrated on solely doing initially, should take you around 7-8 hours to complete. Aside from that though there are a fair few side quests and collectibles to run through, but it doesn’t seem to be on the same size scale as other Lego games in terms of things to do. While it definitely seems smaller in size and scale there’s still enough to keep gamers entertained for quite a while and there are also a bunch of characters and vehicles to unlock, along with the ever popular gold and red bricks too, which is always a regular feature in any of these titles. All in all I had fun with Lego The Incredibles and so did my kids and while it may not quite have the polish of some of the previous titles and isn’t as big, bold and broad as the others, it certainly holds its own within the series despite its flaws and I have no doubt that gamers of all ages will enjoy it.