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Lego The Incredibles
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lego The Incredibles is based on Disney/Pixar's hit animated movies The Incredibles and Incredibles 2. In the game, you play as members of the super Parr family, who must complete missions based on sequences from the films. Playing mostly from a top-down view, you control Lego versions of Bob, Helen, Violet, and Dash, engaging in combat, solving puzzles, unlocking new characters, and unraveling the story. There's some animated violence, but there's no blood or gore, and the cartoonish way that defeated enemies break into Lego pieces limits the impact of battles. There's also some crude humor, including burping and vomiting. Finally, there's some downloadable content (DLC) available for players who preordered the game, with additional content promised for the future.
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What's it about?
LEGO THE INCREDIBLES combines a beloved Pixar film franchise with a classic kids' toy. Similar to previous partnerships -- like Lego Harry Potter Collection and Lego Lord of the Rings -- the game lets players experience favorite movie storylines with playable Lego versions of popular characters in familiar environments. Here, you play as members of the Parr family, all of whom have their own unique skills. (Other characters from the movies are also available.) For example, Bob/Mr. Incredible is super strong, Helen/Elastigirl can stretch and transform, Dash is lightning fast, and Violet projects powerful force fields. You can play on your own, but these games are designed for you to team up with someone else. In fact, teamwork is required to bypass many obstacles. As you play, you'll engage in combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving, as well as unlock new characters.
Is it any good?
This Lego take on the hit movies makes the game world feel alive and is fun to play through by yourself or with a friend. It's flat-out fun, especially when you're playing with someone else in co-op (cooperative mode) or with fans of the films. (On that note, there are some serious spoilers for Incredibles 2 here, so wait to play until after you see the movie.) Covering both Incredibles movies, this game offers big set pieces and tons of challenges, along with better graphics (including fancy lighting effects. compared to previous titles) and new characters to unlock (more than 100, plus a customizer to make your own). A new, impressive feature is the expansive hub world, which is loaded with "Crime Waves" to play; these missions have a set of separate but specific objectives, with tougher boss characters to fight, collectibles to find, and special Pixar-themed Easter eggs, too. And there are free-play areas, too, when you've finished everything else.
It's really fun to play with each Parr family member's ability to solve a mission, whether that's strength, speed, elasticity, or defensive fields. Thankfully, the controls are fast and responsive, and the funny dialogue that's a trademark of the Lego series is excellently handled. If there's an issue (and a minor one at that), it's that this game is similar to the ones that came before it. But those who love The Incredibles movies won't find a better tie-in game. And parents who want to share screen time with their kids will get a kick out of playing a family-friendly co-op Lego game like this.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games. Does the cartoonish nature of this game's violence make a difference in its impact on kids?
Which traits do superheroes and supervillains typically have? What makes one "good" and the other "evil"? What sort of hero would you be?
How does the game version of Lego The Incredibles compare to the movies? Does it have the same tension/engagement as the films? Do you feel more invested because you're actually controlling the game characters?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Interactive
- Release date: June 15, 2018
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Superheroes, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor
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