Playstation 4, PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch; Traveller’s Tales/Warner Bros
Compared with other Lego film tie-ins, this game feels slightly B movie – but with teamwork and other added Pixar characters, there’s enough to engage your inner crimefighter
The family-friendly, good-humoured Lego games have fallen into an unfortunate pattern since the film franchise series started way back in 2005: some titles definitely feel like B movies to the main attractions. While the likes of Lego Star Wars, Lego Marvel Super Heroes and Lego Lord of the Rings are jammed with wonderful characterisations and detailed level design features, Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean felt rather less … loved. Lego The Incredibles wobbles and falls into the latter category. With a storyline that merges both Incredibles movies into one rather tortured narrative, this is very much Lego by numbers (or Lego by instruction booklet).
Controlling each member of the Parr family, employing abilities from Mr Incredible’s brute strength to Elastigirl’s rubber limbs, you solve puzzles, beat up enemies and destroy the scenery to earn studs, which can be spent on unlocking new additions to the cast. It’s a formula that developer Traveller’s Tales has rarely strayed from and when it works, it works. When playing co-op with another person in the same room, learning how to combine characters’ powers is a lot of fun – especially if the other person is a child figuring out how to solve video game conundrums for the first time. There are also new group-build sections, where players need to work together to construct giant Lego buzz saws and fire extinguishers. It’s a very modest gameplay addition, though, and does little to broaden the familiar experience.