family of superheroes is trying to live a normal life
in suburbia. Events unfold which brings the family
out of retirement and back into action.
Incredibles is the latest animated smash hit from
Pixar. Of course it has to be converted into a videogame.
Typically, "movie-inspired" games appear
to be nothing more than a second thought - just another
piece of merchandise that can trade on the popularity
of the name of the movie. The Incredibles for the
GBA is just such an example. It's not terrible but
it's so generic that I have to warn you about it.
member of the Incredibles, Mr. Incredible, Helen Incredible
and the kids, Violet and Dash has unique super powers.
The movie makes better use of these powers than the
game does and that's just not acceptable. I expected
a lot more gameplay variety at least in terms of utilizing
the different characters' abilities. Mr. Incredible
is the strongest of the bunch and Mrs. Incredible
is able to stretch her arms like Plastic Man. Violet
can turn invisible and Dash is capable of running
at super speeds. There are times when each of these
powers must be used in the game but most of the time
you'll just be button mashing in combat situations.
amazing as the graphics are, virtually everything
else falls short of being incredible - very short.
There is too much combat in the game. More puzzles
and platforming would have balanced out the gameplay.
We never get to push any character to his or her limit.
from the movie such as Frozone, Syndrome, E, and Bomb
Voyage make appearances in the game but they too get
bogged down in the repetitive nature of the gameplay.
They appear in different costumes carrying different
weapons as if to stretch out the gameplay. They almost
characters are great looking and even the backgrounds
are stunning. There are some incredible animations
throughout the game which almost rival scenes from
the movie. The developers have really made some strides
in the graphics department. It's too bad the same
can't be said for the sound. There are some decent
sound effects such as the kicks and punches but there's
virtually no voiceovers from the movie. The music
is appropriate for most situations but it's no substitute
for the dialog which was an integral element of the
good memories you have of the movie, don't spoil them
with this game.