I've been thinking of starting on a short arcade-style game project, and the first thing that came to my mind was something that would...
- play from a sidescrolling platform perspective
- have a large part of its gameplay mechanics based on flight
- involves shooting as a means of combat, to make for an arcade-style shooter
- maybe racing elements too
hm... basically though I'm trying to come up with a game that wouldn't be too difficult to make, but would be unique enough as to not be completely generic. The idea that came to my mind was a sidescroller focusing on flight-based gameplay--similar to how something like Densetsu no Stafy is a sidescroller focusing on swimming-based gameplay, and Sonic the Hedgehog focuses on speed-based gameplay. And then from that I wondered if maybe I could incorporate other things in too (some of which ended up being somewhat random, i.e. racing).