Klonoa

The 90s video game market was overloaded with mascot platformers, but the 1997 PS1 title Klonoa: Door to Phantomile stood out. The titular character, a charming creature of indeterminate species, could grab his enemies and inflate them, then throw them at other enemies or even into the background: a clever idea that led to many great pieces of level design. Several fun sequels followed, including an excellent Wii remake.