5. Denver, the Last Dinosaur
If games like The Maw, Papo & Yo, and The Last Guardian have taught us anything, it’s this: Teaming up with huge creatures and befriending them is awesome. Much like Encino Man, Denver is a relic of the prehistoric past that’s found and raised by a group of hella-cool kids. They teach the lovable dinosaur everything there is to know about ‘80s California, i.e. skateboarding, hot pink shades, and rock music. All the while, they’ve got to keep their pal dino under wraps, lest he be exploited by a villain who sounds exactly like Rodney Dangerfield. Imagine Scooby Doo, except the teens aren’t exclusively white, and the not-quite-articulate animal wears sunglasses and aloha shirts. And can skateboard.
Denver’s antics would work wonderfully in an adventure game, in much the same vein as A Boy and his Blob (the NES or Wii version, whichever you prefer). Wally, Shades, and the rest of the gang would work their way through puzzle-filled levels, employing Denver’s help to conquer any obstacle – he is, after all, our friend and a whole lot more. Pace-changing mini-games would include tearing up half-pipes, jamming on-stage with electric guitar in hand, and feeding Denver massive quantities of snack foods.