4. Blinx the Time Sweeper
When it comes to the hierarchy of would-be console mascots, Xbox's edgy, bipedal cat Blinx is well below Crash Bandicoot but safely above the likes of Bubsy. In Blinx's universe, time travelers are basically super-powered custodians, cleaning up any distortions in the spacetime continuum like a janitor mops up a fourth grader's vomit. To help drive this analogy home, Blinx actually wields a juiced-up vacuum cleaner--because if you're going to make an ahead-of-its-time platformer, why not add household cleaning to the mix?
Despite lugging around a Hoover as a weapon, Blinx's suite of time-manipulation abilities is actually pretty impressive, especially by 2002 standards. They all correspond to the controls of a VCR (remember those, kids?), letting you Rewind, Fast Forward, Pause, and Slow time, or Record a copy of yourself to solve multi-input puzzles. If you can tolerate the disjointed feel of the environments and a stereotypically bad platforming camera, Blinx the Time Sweeper is a neat curiosity from the original Xbox's eclectic library.