34 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 mobile based games on the now shutdown ComPet leaving Battle of Beasts without significant competition. Like other Upjers games Battle of Beasts was designed as a browser experien...[Read Review]

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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 game players take control of Rallen who is part of the Planetary Patrol, he is an also eager and skilled pilot which often lands him in trouble. Rallen is also the only person wh...[Read Review]

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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 fun and anime style art direction is also a great asset of the game and makes for a very bright and vibrant adventure. The level of polish and length of development time defin...[Read Review]

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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 Sunburst in Japan. Gameplay in these Digimon World games has players going on a story based adventure through a Digimon inhabited world. At the start of your adventure you will ...[Read Review]

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Fossil Fighters

Fossil Fighters is a game that has you digging up the past and battling dinosaurs against each other in strategic turn based combat. The game draws obvious inspiration from the popular Pokemon series while adding new archaeologist mechanics to the monster capture and battle formula. Fossil Fighters  is available for the Nintendo DS with the success of the franchise leading to the release of several sequels on the Nintendo DS and 3DS platforms. Fossil Fighters begins with a healthy tutorial to in...[Read Review]

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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 world of Zubalon where the race of Zubos call home. These Zubos are under attack by an army of fake Zubos lead by the evil Big Head. Gameplay involves players moving around with ...[Read Review]

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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. Marking the fifth game in the broader Dragon Quest Monsters series you’ll experience a blend of familiar and new mechanics which all revolve around exploring areas to tame wild monsters. An extended edition of the game titled Joker 2 Professional adds 100 more monsters along with new game locations although does not alter the story e...[Read Review]

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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 their first appearance in the game (this includes the evil boss Digimon). Digimon World DS has over 250 different Digimon for players to use as they embark on the ultimate Digi...[Read Review]

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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 review focuses on). The PlayStation 3 version stays very true to the Japanese Nintendo DS version but expands on the gameplay to include a larger game world and more story elem...[Read Review]

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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 recommended that you play the original game before the sequel to link up the story elements. After saving the Nanairo planet system in the first game (and after a few months of ...[Read Review]

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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 the most popular online games inspired by Pokemon. If you’ve tried other online games that draw from the Pokemon universe but found the community sizes to small you’ll find Un...[Read Review]

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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 time with friends and other Pokemon fans. Getting started in PokeMMO couldn’t be easier, simply create your free account on their website and access the server client a...[Read Review]

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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 Temper, who will teach you the basics of Best Fiends. Gameplay consists of a game board filled with different coloured tiles (red, blue, purple, green and yellow). In order to pass...[Read Review]

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Pocket Mortys

Mix Pokémon 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 from hundreds of possibilities. While simplifying the combat loop to a basic rock-paper-scissors formula the world design and Morty design of your Pocket Mortys adventure is truly fantastic for the die hard fan or new fan to the franchise. The game kicks off in the popular TV show garage with Rick...[Read Review]

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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 graphics, online play and the removal of random encounters from the game (players can see all enemies on the map). In Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker you’ll take control of a yout...[Read Review]

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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. Starting with a single alpaca your objective is to find and capture them all for your colour dex. Taking your first alpaca players will adventure out into the wild where you...[Read Review]

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Puzzle & Dragons

Expanding on the usually casual puzzle matching genre Puzzle & Dragons looks to add in a touch of action into the mix while also leveraging some light RPG elements. Available for free on multiple platforms Puzzle & Dragons has scored millions of downloads thanks to its central match three gameplay, thousands of monsters to collect and multiplayer mode which go above and beyond the majority of titles in this puzzle genre. Puzzle & Dragons begin its app journey in the East in early 201...[Read Review]

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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 the game. As of this review (version 1.8) real time battles against your friends isn’t possible but the feature is planned and shouldn’t be too far away which will round out th...[Read Review]

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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 (Rallen and Jeena) as previous games and again sends them on a quest to protect a star system from the evil army of the Krawl. Are you once again up to the challenge of restoring ...[Read Review]

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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 storyline. Subsequently released n Windows and Nintendo Switch under the name Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition which included the original and sequel (Hacker’s Memory) which also boosts the original Digimon count from 249 to 341. Within this storyline your role is that of Takumi Aiba or Ami ...[Read Review]

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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 setting across the world to look for their father who has wondered off. As is traditional for monster capture RPGs the world is not safe to adventure without your own pet (called a...[Read Review]

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Monster Rancher DS

Monster Rancher DS like many of the games in the Rancher franchise was originally released in Japan in 2008 and made its way to international shores in 2010 allowing the wider gaming market to experience this next adventure in the series. With familiar mechanics cantered around monster capture, creation and training the experience was crafted for the Nintendo DS by developer Tecmo. Monster Rancher DS joins a long running series of video games that started back in 1997 on the PlayStation and cont...[Read Review]

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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 of Grand Gaia which is full of powerful creatures (well over 200). These collectible characters come in many forms (beasts and humans) and can belong to one of the six elements...[Read Review]

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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, collect, train and then battle a variety of monsters. Monster MMORPG offers over 1200 monsters, 500+ game maps, 100+ items, a chat system, monster trading, NPCs, arenas and so...[Read Review]

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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 great gaming experience. Monster Galaxy: The Zodiac Islands uses the signs of the zodiac for monster types as opposed to the traditional elements such as grass, fire and wate...[Read Review]

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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 the unique elements of BeastieBay? Not only will you have to collect a number of beasts and use them for battle you’ll also have to transform the island in the game. Combat in...[Read Review]

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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 expanding the lore, story and dinosaur creatures of the Fossil Fighters universe while significantly increasing the graphical elements. Like the original this sequel uses many of the same gameplay and story mechanics but doesn’t require players play the original before diving in. Just like the original game players battle dinosaur like creatures known as vivosaurs in order to become a m...[Read Review]

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Enchanted Arms

Enchanted Arms is one of the few console games to offer Pokemon like features and it does so with a traditional JRPG core. The result is a RPG adventure that has elements of monster collection and training to help you conquer the game world that Enchanted Arms throws you into. If you’re primarily a console gamer (PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One) seeking your next JRPG but want a touch of Pokemon vibe you’ll find it within. With these JRPG foundations players can also expect an experience ...[Read Review]

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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 which featured similar mechanics. Building on this original though this sequel brings with it a number of gameplay improvements, additional content and even allows players to transfer their character over from the original game. For those unfamiliar with the world of The Denpa Men they are small strange creatures that live on the radio waves of the real world. Unable to be seen b...[Read Review]

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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 marketed as a mixture of role playing and real time strategy (and definitely delivers on its promises). Lost Magic has mostly been an overlooked game despite countless positiv...[Read Review]

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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 introduced to a strange professor who encourages you to go out on a mission to tame the 130 Micromon in the game. Part of this monster driven quest is to defeat the 4 Legion Member...[Read Review]

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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 (both iOS and Android). Fans of the likes of Pokémon 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 rankings against other players in real time battles. Having been online since 2013 Battle Camp also demonstrates fantastic longevity and still receives regula...[Read Review]

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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 Forester as they yield the powers of the Yo-kai Watch, a device that lets them communicate and see the Yo-kai of the world. Along the way players will adventure across the ga...[Read Review]

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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 recruit a fire, water or grass Drakomon to follow their customised game avatar. As is standard for the game genre these elements each have their own strengths and weaknesses while ...[Read Review]

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