|The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer|
|Developer: Heavy Iron Studios
Release Date: Out Now
Players: 1 or 2 co-op
Late in 2004 saw the release of the original The Incredibles videogame, which followed the story of the movie very closely, and even featured short FMV sequences grabbed directly from Pixarís movie. I actually reviewed it on this very website too, and found it an enjoyable experience, if a little basic and simple. Its main drawback was the lack of multiplayer, so itís very nice to see that the sequel has a two player co-operative mode, which means you can play through the entire game through with someone else.
The game starts off exactly where the movie (and game) finished with the Underminer smashing through the earthís surface to cause havoc on the city. The game begins instantly, and you (Mr. Incredible) and your partner (who is controlled either by AI or another human player) Frozone must chase down the Underminer and stop him in his evil tracks.
Fans of the movie will be pleased by the gameís presentation, which looks and sounds like it should. The character models look good, move smoothly, and have the proper voice acting too, which is a nice touch. Music is pretty good too, if a little repetitive, but it captures the feel of the movie, which is important.
Overall I liked The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer; Itís a simple game, but it's good fun to play and co-op play works really well, which makes for an enjoyable experience. For older gamers it doesnít really offer you much compared to more adult platformers such as Sly Racoon or Jak and Daxter, but then it isnít aimed at us oldies. For the target audience itís just about perfect, as they will enjoy the way it plays, they will love the characters and the enemies, and will clearly be able to relate it to the movie, which of course they adored. Thumbs up from me.
- Co-op plays really well
- Follows the story nicely from the movie (and the first game)
- Great presentation
- Might still be a little too hard for the really little ones
- Quite a simple and short game