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Score: 7.0 / 10
As far as movie-to-game translations, The
Incredibles is a solid game. The action moves from the movieís opening
to the dramatic brawling conclusion with the Omnidroid, and interspersed
with clips from the film and a few original scenarios to battle through.
But, judged solely on as a platformer/action game, The Incredibles
stumbles a bit with an occasionally aggravating camera and a few too
many instant death situations.
You begin the game playing as Mr. Incredible but youíll also play as
Elasti-girl, Dash, Violet, and even Frozone in their own
character-specific levels. Although they all have different powers and
special abilities they control much the same so jarring
Unless youíve seen the film, you will experience some slightly jarring
story elements though. Seeing the movie might not be required viewing
before playing the game but it can only help.
Most levels donít sway too far from ďbeat up the bad guys, crush a boss,
move onto the next stageĒ progression, but once in a while youíll get
some variety like maneuvering Dash through traffic in an attempt to
reach school on time. There is plenty of instant death to contend with
too, like falling off buildings, into flames, etc. Maybe Iíve gone soft
since the days of the original Castlevania or (the homicide-inducing)
Amagon but I think instant death is cheap, particularly in a superhero
game. There are environmental puzzles to contend wit but thereís nothing
too taxing Ė mostly itís smashing power panels or heaving objects at a
The developers at Heavy Iron Studios did a great job bringing the
cartoon to videogame form. The graphics are big and bright with plenty
of locations seen in the film replicated in a pleasing way and some very
pleasing character animation. Itís unfortunate that the camera doesnít
always do a good job adjusting to give you the best view of the action.
Instead you have to manually rotate the camera with the right stick so
you donít inadvertently take a wrong step or get blasted by an enemy
just off-screen. This isnít as much of a problem in the outdoor areas
but in a few of the indoor areas youíll actually feel blind because the
camera canít be rotated making your character an easy target.
That said, The Incredibles is an overall average enjoyable experience Ė
a little more enjoyable if you enjoyed the film and are in the pre-teen