Usually cliches are something you want to avoid. They're old, they're familiar, and they're stale. Sometimes, though, when a genre has become well established, the work that comes across as original is the one that takes all those cliches and plays them completely straight.
Right now I'm playing through a video game called Nostalgia, which is exactly that kind of game. In addition to being steampunk (which as I already explained, is pretty cool), it has a structure that's so simple and familiar, yet so well-done, that it's hard not to love it.