“ The Incredibles tells the story of a family of undercover superheroes who are trying to live a quiet, suburban life, but are forced back into action in order to save the world. Collection of 10 fun-filled, highly replayable games and activities based on the films characters, settings, and events Variety of difficulty levels keeps the games challenging and fun for kids of all ages. „
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The Incredibles: When Danger Calls is a movie tie-in with much the same philosophy as the Finding Nemo game I recently reviewed give you a slick interface based on the movie and throw in several mini-games related to scenes in the movie. And
thats it. With two great movies such as Finding Nemo and The Incredibles they could really have made a couple of great games, but we just have these very lazy, uninspiring titles.
(The PC and Mac versions of this game are on the same disc, but since I dont have a Mac, naturally enough Im only reviewing the Windows version. I dont suppose the Mac game is markedly different.)
In all fairness they did make a bit more effort with this one. Instead of seven mini-games you have ten, with a proportion increase in the number of movie clips (20 in total). With each of the four in the Incredible family Bob Parr / Mr Incredible, Helen Parr / Mrs Incredible (duh), Dashiell Parr / Dash and Violet Parr / Invisible Girl, you have a normal life game. When you complete the normal game it unlocks a new game where you play the same character with their superpowers. All the games are simple and most take place on a single screen for instance, in Violets bedroom as you position force fields to stop your annoying brother from nicking your stuff. The simplest game of all is when you play Bob, doing a bit of weight training by lifting up trains! All youre required to do here is hit the space bar at the right time. Thrilling. The repetitive sound samples really start to grate on the nerves with that one. The game where you play Dashiell is very annoying as the mouse control really doesnt work very well at all. On the whole, the games where you have your superpowers are much better, though still very repetitive.
The graphics are good, with fairly basic character models but some lovely backgrounds. Its all very bright and colourful and thus appealing to young children, who are the primary audience for this game. The voice acting that there is works okay, and much of it is taken from the movie. Again the use of sound-bites is maddeningly repetitive. There are two other games that can be unlocked apart from those above, one where you control Mr Incredibles buddy Frozone to use hiss powers fighting fire, and one where you have to press the right key at the right time (as you do in dance games well, that is if you are pressing keys rather than dancing on arrows on the floor ) to stay alive against the huge robot from the end of the film. Guiding you through the game and assessing your performance is your very eccentric and probably mad costume designer, Edna "E" Mode - funny at first but annoying after a while.
Saving the game from a two-star rating is the fact that there three difficulty levels, giving it a little extra appeal to older players, and some extras mainly screensavers. There are also some colouring in sheets you can print off, again showing how much this release is geared to young children. Again, my rating might seem a little unfair with this in mind, but the movie was for adults and children, so why should the game only be for children?
The presentation is superb but the games themselves just arent that much fun to play, and get very repetitive. Unfortunately this isnt a game I can really recommend, though again younger players will enjoy it a lot more than I did. Much younger if theyre under ten, theres a good chance theyll like it. For older players like myself it seems a little like a throwback to yesteryear in the days before computers and games consoles were not powerful enough to scroll the screen with bearable speed, all games were either single-screen or flip-screen, or like this a collection of different single screen games. Admittedly I didnt get much of a feeling of nostalgia since detailed, colourful graphics, sampled speech and video clips were hardly the norm for video games in the early days.
Compared to Finding Nemo: Nemos Underwater World of Fun, which I bought at the same time and reviewed recently, The Incredibles is a little better value but in some ways I liked it less. Both made nice presents to young friends though so Im not too distraught about having bought them the kiddies who received them dont need to know that I hope to recoup my money reviewing them, eh? :-D
OS: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/x64
CPU: Pentium 2 266MHz or above
HDD space: 330Mb
Memory: 128Mb or more
Graphics card: any 8Mb 3D card compatible with DirectX 9.0
Age rating: 3+ (my guess is it's most suitable for 4-8 year old's, give or take a year maybe)
OS: Windows XP Home Edition SP2
CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz
Graphics card: 256Mb GeForce 5500 FX
- No technical problems encountered.
I got the game as an impulse purchase from Morrisons for £3.99, and the best way to get it is probably with Play.coms 3 for £10 offer. This is strictly for the kiddies though, like the other games in that range.