37 Games Like Pokemon

Games Like Pokemon Our collection of games like Pokemon offers turn based monster capture RPGs similar to the Pokemon series with free, online, PC, Android and iPhone options.

The Pokemon series is well known for its monster capture gameplay where players collect creatures (known as Pokemon) to battle against each other. These Pokemon can level up, learn skills and evolve into stronger Pokemon variations.

Like many other long running video game franchises the Pokemon games have evolved through time while still maintaining the core gameplay elements. Each of the games feature a similar antagonist corporation that intends to misuse and abuse Pokemon. With the increasing use of mobile phones in particular games like Pokemon for Android and games like Pokemon for iPhone are growing in abundance.

The Pokemon alternatives here focus on providing other great monster capture and training adventures with a mixture of role playing and even puzzle elements to their gameplay. You are bound to experience new worlds and creatures in each of these games as you attempt to ‘catch them all’ on iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android, online and other platforms. For games that use AR and/or location based technology see our Pokemon Go alternatives list.

Battle of Beasts

Battle of Beasts attempts to create a unique combination as it mixes monster battling with city building as players design their own mythical realm and recruit monsters to battle it out in the campaign portion of the game or against other players. It’s a genre mix that has been attempted sparsely outside of a few mobi...[Read More]

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Digimon World DS

Digimon World DS is a game that takes place in the Digimon universe and combines role playing elements with a Pokemon style of capture and training. The game was released in late 2006 for the Nintendo DS platform. In Digimon World DS you will encounter all of your favourite Digimon along with a number of Digimon that make t...[Read More]

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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 is the second game in the series for the Nintendo DS and was released in 2010 (Japan) with a US game release in September 2011. The game also has an extended game edition titled Joker 2 Professional that adds more monsters to the story. The game has very similar gameplay to the previous Ninten...[Read More]

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ZENFORMS: Protectors

Begin your adventure into the world of ZENFORMS and their protectors, playing as one of these protectors in training you’ll catch, train and evolve ZENFORMS in your mission to stop the Revolution. Available on iOS ZENFORMS: Protectors takes the Pokemon fundamentals but changes up the formula in a number of key areas t...[Read More]

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Bulu Monster

Bulu Monster is one of the many monster collecting games available on the iOS platform. The game has been available since July 2013 and was developed by Sigma Game. Bulu Monster has plenty of role playing features and a large game world ready for exploration that help it stand out above other games with similar themes. The ...[Read More]

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Digimon World Dawn and Dusk

Digimon World Dawn and Digimon World Dusk are sequels to Digimon World DS and feature similar gameplay to the original. The games have very similar storylines although have slight differences (think Pokemon Blue vs Pokemon Red). The games are available on the Nintendo DS and were released under the names of Moonlight and Su...[Read More]

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Spectrobes is a sci-fi themed Pokemon style adventure that has you reviving fossils and using the creatures you create in battle. The game was published by Disney Interactive Studios for the Nintendo DS with sequel on the Nintendo Wii (Spectrobes: Origins) and another DS game (Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals). During the gam...[Read More]

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Fossil Fighters

Fossil Fighters is a game that has you digging up the past and battling dinosaurs against each other. The game draws obvious inspiration from the popular Pokemon series and is available on the Nintendo DS. The game also has a sequel titled Fossil Fighters: Champions which was released 2 years after the success of the origin...[Read More]

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Zubo is a game developed by EA for the Nintendo DS. The game has rhythm elements and has players befriending over 50 Zubos and training them to become the ultimate fighting force. The story in Zubos is a standard one but provides enough backdrop to give shape to the game world around you. Your journey takes place in the wor...[Read More]

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PokeMMO is definitely one the best games like Pokemon available. The game allows players to play Pokemon Fire Red with others in a MMO game environment and will have fans of the series hooked on its gameplay and available features. The fan made Pokemon MMORPG (PokeMMO) will have you reliving your Pokemon experience but this...[Read More]

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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker is part of the popular Dragon Quest Monsters series that started back on the Gameboy Color in 1999. The game is available on the Nintendo DS and added a number of new game features while also sticking to traditional gameplay. New features that Joker brings to the series include the shift to 3D g...[Read More]

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Ni No Kuni

Ni No Kuni blends action role playing with monster capturing to offer a great mixture of action and strategy. The game was originally released on the Nintendo DS in 2010 but didn’t receive an English release until 2013 which was for the PlayStation 3 platform under the name Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (which this r...[Read More]

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Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals

Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals is the sequel to the popular action RPG and fossil monster battle experience titled Spectrobes. The sequel has many of the same mechanics but a few new features that will deliver a fresh experience to fans of the original. The plot again involves the Krawl, Rallen, Jeena and Aldous so it is re...[Read More]

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UnovaRPG is an online Pokemon adventure with a large community. The game offers an experience very in line with the Pokemon series and has plenty of content to explore. UnovaRPG was originally launched under the name of Pokemon Indigo. The game was put together by two students and has grown from humble beginnings to one of ...[Read More]

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Best Fiends

Combining match three puzzle gaming with light monster role playing elements is Best Fiends. Using your own team of monsters (known as Fiends) you’ll battle against the slugs all while finding new characters for your team and evolving current ones. Set in the cute land of Minutia players will begin their tutorial with Tempe...[Read More]

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Pocket Mortys

Mix Pokemon gameplay with the hilarious Adult Swim adventures of Rick & Morty and you’ll get Pocket Mortys a simple collect them all RPG that has you collecting and battling your own various Mortys. The game kicks off in the popular TV show garage with Rick working on a unique MortyPad device that is able to track...[Read More]

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Zuko Monsters

Zuko Monsters is a free to play iOS game that follows the Pokemon formula closely. It was released in early 2013 and has proven successful thanks to its well developed gameplay with a few little surprises that push it ahead of similar Pokemon clones on the iOS platform. Zuko Monsters boasts over 30 different monsters for yo...[Read More]

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Alpaca World

Catch all the coloured Alpacas, battle them and dress them in Alpaca World, a title for your iOS and Android mobile devices that takes a Pokemon like formula but adds a wealth of cuteness. As a new owner of an alpaca farm it’s time to fill it with all sorts of cute alpacas from your adventures that come in 127 colours...[Read More]

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Mystic Guardians

Mystic Guardians is a Facebook game that takes a lot of inspiration from the Pokemon titles. The game was developed by DJArts Games. The game has players battling monsters known as Guardians to collect badges and ultimately become a master trainer. At the start of your adventure you’ll be given one of three starter Guardian...[Read More]

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Puzzle & Dragons

If you love the casual puzzle matching genre but want a game with a bit more action to its gameplay you might just like Puzzle & Dragons, which offers a mixture of RPG and puzzle matching. The game began its app journey in Japan during early 2012 and thanks to its huge success there the game was ported into several othe...[Read More]

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Spectrobes: Origins

Spectrobes: Origins is the third game in the series and turns away from the Nintendo DS to bring the popular series to the Nintendo Wii. The game has a more action focus than previous games but still has the same monster collection aspect that made the original game so popular. The game has the same two main characters (Ral...[Read More]

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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

Launching for PS4 and PS Vita, Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth lets you command your own team of Digimon and customise them to be the ultimate fighting team as you play through the digital world based storyline. Within this storyline your role is that of Takumi Aiba or Ami Aiba depending on your gender selection. With a history ...[Read More]

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Evolved from crowd funding EvoCreo aims to bring a Pokemon like experience to iOS and Android devices. The inspiration is evident in every corner of the game world and captures that nostalgic feeling of starting a new monster capture adventure. The game opens with a young aged character (the player) who is tasked with setti...[Read More]

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Monster MMORPG

Monster MMORPG is a Pokemon inspired free to play browser game that stays very true to the original and popular series of monster capture games. The game started back in 2009 and has slowly grown into a great MMORPG experience that has particular appeal to Pokemon fans. At the core of its gameplay you can expect to travel, ...[Read More]

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Monster Rancher DS

Monster Rancher DS was originally released in Japan and made its way to international shores in 2010. The game is a monster creation and training game for the Nintendo DS originally developed by Tecmo. Monster Rancher DS is part of a long running series of video games that started back in 1997 on the PlayStation. The game h...[Read More]

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Pokemon Vortex

Pokemon Vortex is an online game based in the Pokemon universe. The game has been online since 2008 and continues to grow in player size and features with regular updates. Pokemon Vortex lets you go online and explore the Pokemon world with others as you capture, battle, trade and chat with other trainers that you meet in t...[Read More]

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Brave Frontier

Brave Frontier is a unique turn based RPG that offers a mixture of Pokemon and classic Final Fantasy gameplay as you try to collect all the available characters and create your dream squad. This highly polished offering from gumi Inc. is available for free on both iOS and Android devices. The game takes place in the world o...[Read More]

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Monster Galaxy: The Zodiac Islands

Monster Galaxy: The Zodiac Islands is a free monster capture game that can be played on Android or your iOS device. The game is loosely based on the popular Facebook game known as Monster Galaxy. The game was original released in August of 2011 and has been gradually updated with content and bug fixes since then to create a...[Read More]

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Beastie Bay

Beastie Bay is a unique game with monster training aspects for your Android and iOS devices. The game is free to play and published by Kairosoft who have a track record of producing some amazingly fun smartphone games with unique mechanics. BeastieBay is no exception offering a mix of Pokemon and city building. So what are ...[Read More]

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Fossil Fighters: Champions

Fossil Fighters Champions is a sequel to Fossil Fighters and was released in 2011 for the Nintendo DS platform. The game uses many of the same gameplay mechanics and some story elements but doesn’t require players play the original. Just like the original game players battle dinosaur like creatures known as vivosaurs in ord...[Read More]

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Enchanted Arms

Enchanted Arms is one of the few console games to offer Pokemon like features. So if you prefer to do your gaming on a console (PS3 or Xbox 360) and need something with a Pokemon vibe you’ll want to consider Enchanted Arms. The game also has many similarities to Final Fantasy with many Japanese role playing elements w...[Read More]

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Lost Magic

Lost Magic offers a mixture of monster capture and real time strategy that is definitely unique and will appeal to fans of the Pokemon series looking for a game with a more active approach to gameplay. Lost Magic was published by Ubisoft and saw a release in 2006 (first in Japan and then other countries). The game has been ...[Read More]

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The Denpa Men 2: Beyond Waves

The Denpa Men 2: Beyond Waves is available through the Nintendo 3DS eShop and builds on the original released in 2012. The game comes with plenty of gameplay improvements and more content, Denpa Men 2 even allows you to transfer your character over from the original. In order to explore the game world you’ll have to build a...[Read More]

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Capturing the Pokemon experience and bringing it to iOS devices is Micromon, a game of over 100 monsters, PvP and a detailed storyline to enjoy. Micromon stays very close to the monster capture RPG that it pays homage to through its creation by porting the main character into the digital world of Pixekai where you are intro...[Read More]

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Battle Camp

Battle Camp is one of the most detailed and in depth monster training and battle games currently available on mobile devices. Fans of the likes of Pokemon will feel right at home as you create your dream team to complete the lengthy quest driven storyline or create the ultimate PvP fighting force and rise through the rankin...[Read More]

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Yo-kai Watch 2

Released in mid 2014 to a Japanese audience and making its way the west a few years later Yo-kai Watch 2 builds on the original adventure to have you discovering Yo-kai, fusing and battling more than ever before. Starting the adventure soon after the events from the first Yo-kai Watch players will lead Nathan Adams or Katie...[Read More]

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Explore the world of Dragonia on your very own virtual quest to become the ultimate Drakomon master. Available for free (ad supported) on iOS and Android Drakomon takes inspiration from Pokemon and brings it to mobile with simple UI and great world design. Starting your adventure by meeting Professor Koji players will recru...[Read More]

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