It takes some real brainstorming to create a game unlike anything before these days, or at least it feels that way. Students at DigiPen are keeping it fresh, and the proof is in the game they're releasing today named Perspective. It's a 2D platformer with very basic rules -- blue is safe, orange is deadly. Here's the catch, instead of a fixed camera Perspective puts you into a 3D environment that lets you set up the 2D plane as needed. Mind blown, right?
It's a really exciting gameplay mechanic and I can't wait to try it out, but really I think it's exciting as an experiment for something bigger. Perspective, to me, seems like Valve's initial tests with portals; Perspective is the first step towards a really great game. Give the game some narrative, make these characters fully realized, and make the next Portal. What I wouldn't do for that little blue guy to talk to me. "Rory, rescue me so we can rescue the Princess!"
Perspective is free to download right now. It's probably worth a try.