Ever wonder what happened to the Incredibles after the end of
the Disney Pixar movie
? THQ has endeavored to tell that tale with a new game called
Rise of the Underminer
If you’ve seen the
, you may recall the Underminer from the final scene of the film—he emerges from a stadium parking lot and announces his presence. The game picks up where the movie leaves off. Mrs. Incredible takes Jack Jack, Violet and Dash to safety, while Mr. Incredible and his friend Frozone head off to battle the Underminer.
Soon Mr. Incredible and Frozone discover that the Underminer has hatched a sinister plan to pollute the Earth. He has also built legions of robotic soldiers—giant mechanized behemoths that resemble steam engines and boilers with big weapons welded to them—to do his bidding.
The game also offers a two-player cooperative mode. Each of you selects a character (either Mr. Incredible or Frozone) as you play side-by-side on the same computer. Thanks to the game’s autosave feature, you won’t have to worry about saving games mid-stream if you’ve got something else to do.
Although the game’s execution is good overall, I did run into a few shortcomings. The game had significant problems when installed on a multimonitor system. Even in Mirrored mode the game froze up after just a few minutes. Reinstalling it on a different computer with only one screen solved the problem.
Support for game pads is also weak. The game wouldn’t recognize either of the pads I normally use—bizarre, given that this game was also developed for consoles. While I recognize that Mac OS X’s support for game pads isn’t a broad as what you’ll find on other platforms, plenty of Mac game developers get the support to work. And this game would have been better for it.
If you’ve played the first Incredibles game, you won’t find a lot of surprises here—though the addition of Frozone as a playable character definitely adds to the enjoyment. At $20, Rise of The Underminer is a decent value, presuming the technical problems don’t overwhelm you.
By the way, the disc also comes with bonus material, including a “making of” video, a trailer for Pixar’s 2006 movie,
, and other Pixar-related content.
The Bottom Line
The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer is an enjoyable continuation of the Incredibles storyline. Too bad it’s limited by some technical shortcomings.