Riddle of the Minotaur (Batman: The Animated Series)
Riddle of the Minotaur is a proto God of War that borrows heavily from Greek myth, dropping players into a massive labyrinth and forcing them to battle mechanical griffons and solve puzzles before challenging the Minotaur at its center. It also doubles as the origin story for The Riddler in the iconic Batman: The Animated Series. The fictional game was featured in the episode “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich,” which details the struggles of software developer Edward Nygma after his business partner cheated him out of royalties for the game he created (a lucrative sum considering the game inspired an entire theme park).
Nygma would resurface two years later, seeking his revenge as The Riddler. His methods are questionable – he turns the theme park into a real life death trap – but Batman is on hand to foil the plot and it’s not too difficult to see why the game would have been a hit. Years later, God of War reshaped the gaming zeitgeist with its blend of puzzles, combat, and mythology, which included one memorable boss battle against a giant minotaur. That fervor is yet to wane with another God of War sequel on the horizon.
That’s why Riddle of the Minotaur seems like such a good idea. Mythology has always been fertile source material for epic video game quests. Unlike the new God of War, at least Riddle of the Minotaur would be an original IP.
Scrooge McDuck’s Money Mania (DuckTales)
Scrooge McDuck’s Money Mania is an arcade game that appears in “Dough Ray Me,” the DuckTales episode in which Huey, Dewey, and Louie cause trouble when they use a duplication machine to flood their local economy with counterfeit silver coins. The game itself is a throwaway gag, a cabinet that allows players to step into the shoes of the Beagle Boys as they attempt to rob Scrooge’s famous money bin without getting caught.
That role reversal is why Scrooge McDuck’s Money Mania makes the list. The Beagle Boys were regular villains on DuckTales, but there’s a case to be made that they should have been the heroes, as they are in Money Mania. Scrooge McDuck is a greedy, capitalist hoarder who takes his money out of circulation and puts it in a giant swimming pool literally called the money bin. An arcade heist game about stealing his money is the type of thing that seems like it should exist. The result would be a cross between Win Ben Stein’s Money the Heist mini-game from Conker’s Bad Fur Day and, that’s a game we definitely want to play.
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