10 games like Pokemon that fans should check out


Pokemon. You must catch them all, as the old slogan goes. But what do you do once you have did he catch them all? Explore other areas of interest? Better yourself through learning? Don’t be ridiculous. What you should do is play other games similar to Pokemon. And boy, we’ve got you covered on that front, with a wide range of games that Pokemon fans love. Not all of these recommendations follow the Pokemon formula, but they all capture some of what makes Pokemon such an enduring sensation. Check out our list and shout “I choose you!”

Chocobo Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy

Chocobo Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy
Chocobo Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy

Available on: Switch, PS4

This cute classic-style roguelike starring Final Fantasy’s mascot may not immediately look like a Pokemon, and in many ways, it doesn’t. But what it lacks in specific mechanics, it makes up for with that same collectible spirit. As Chocobo explores the dungeons, they’ll find tons of other notable Final Fantasy monsters and creatures and bring them aboard as buddies – hence the name “Every Buddy”. Half the fun of Pokemon is finding a variety of creatures to recruit into your party, and Chocobo Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy scratches that same itch with familiar Final Fantasy faces.


coromone

coromone
coromone

Available on: Switch, PC

Coromon is decidedly retro, with a pixel-based art style that seeks to mimic the early days of the Pokemon series. It’s one of the most loyal Pokémon around, allowing you to collect, train, and battle over 100 creatures with elemental skills. Within that, it has some unique twists, like a stamina system that defines your combat actions and a flexible difficulty system that lets you customize the game to your own comfort level, including an easy mode that lets you to live the story, and even a randomization function to mix up your experience. If you like basic Pokemon ideas but want to see it, this is a good choice.


Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Available on: Switch, PS4, PC

Ni no Kuni has gone on to become a franchise in its own right, but while the sequel and mobile game are more akin to action-RPGs, the first game released in the West very clearly draws inspiration from the Pokemon series. The combat system revolves around capturing and taming a host of creatures called “Families” and then using them in battle with still other creatures. While the monster designs aren’t quite as imaginative and varied as Pokemon, the Studio Ghibli-inspired art style and dreamlike story are an engrossing change of pace. And while the languid beat may have been difficult to play on its original PlayStation 3 release, it’s been ported to just about everything, including the Nintendo Switch, just in case you’d rather your Pokemon-like are portable.


Ooblets

Ooblets
Ooblets

Available on: PC, Xbox (switch TBD)

Ooblets isn’t entirely Pokemon-like, given its quirky mix of genres and influences. But somewhere in that quirky mix is ​​definitely some Pokemon DNA. In Ooblets, you capture and battle a variety of small captured creatures. The pool is smaller than a Pokemon game, but they are well differentiated and the game does not intend to blow you away with a huge variety. Instead, each feels like a sweet, cozy little creation, with names like Dumbirb and Wigglewip. And rather than a typical one-on-one Pokemon battle, your creatures participate in non-violent Dance Battles. This contagious sense of awkwardness pervades the whole experience, giving it a friendly atmosphere. And once you’ve captured your creatures, you can assign them to small tasks or tend to your growing garden, where you harvest food to sell or other Ooblets to add to your collection.


monster crown

monster crown
monster crown

Available on: Switch, Xbox, PlayStation, PC

Monster Crown is another relatively loyal Pokemon-type game, but it’s designed for Pokemon fans who have grown up. The story and creature designs are darker than a traditional Pokemon game, the cute pixelated art style belies some pretty serious themes. The traditional monster-collecting hooks are still there, though, with over 200 creatures to collect and evolve. You can even battle and trade online.


Monster Hunter Stories/Stories 2

Monster Hunter Stories 2
Monster Hunter Stories 2

HD Stories available at: 3DS, iOS, Android | MH Stories 2 available on: Switch, PC

The Monster Hunter series doesn’t look like Pokemon at all, considering that in Pokemon they aren’t known for skinning and carrying the creatures. The more family-friendly spin-off Monster Hunter Stories, however, is much more about raising and bonding with creatures in a more traditional RPG structure. Mechanically, the battle system works very differently from a traditional Pokemon game, with a slightly more action-oriented structure and a different elemental structure for weaknesses. But it scratches the itch of collecting monsters, especially if you have an affinity for Monster Hunter designs. Who doesn’t want to befriend a Rathalos? Both Monster Hunter Stories games are solid, but Monster Hunter Stories 2 is better in almost every way and doesn’t require much knowledge of the first game.


Monster Sanctuary

Monster Sanctuary
Monster Sanctuary

Available on: Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, PC

And now for something completely different. Monster Sanctuary doesn’t look like Pokemon mechanically at all – it’s much more of a traditional side-scrolling platforming action. But it fulfills the fantasy of taming wild beasts and using them to roam the world in a much more active way than Pokemon. As you build your array of beasts and level them up, you can use them in battle, to reach new heights and keep rolling. It’s as if the core concepts of Pokemon are interpreted in a completely different way, which is a really neat trick if you’re up for something unique.


Nexomon / Nexomon: Extinction

Nexomon
Nexomon

Available on: Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, PC

Nexomon is another traditional Pokémon, with a colorful art style and a huge wealth of around 300 monsters to collect and battle. This one mixes light resource gathering and crafting with elemental shards, and the art style is very anime-inspired. Nexomon Extinction, the most recent sequel, throws you right into the action with huge dragon tyrants wreaking havoc, but it’s still very easy to jump into the Tamers Guild and get started. And if you’ve ever wanted more starter options, Nexomon makes it a point to give you tons of choices instead of just the traditional Fire-Grass-Water trinity. Both games are available on Nintendo Switch.


Temtem

Temtem
Temtem

Available on: PC (and consoles September 9)

If you’re at all interested in Pokémon-likes, you’ve almost certainly heard of Temtem, which has been in early access since 2020. It’s probably the highest profile of any game designed to take on the mega-franchise. . Indie studio Crema is aiming to create the monster-collecting MMO that Pokemon fans have been waiting for, and all indications from the early access release point to it doing pretty well. Now it’s gearing up for a full 1.0 launch in September for consoles and PC, and Crema still has a roadmap for continued support in the future. While many of these games are love homages, Temtem is all about taking on the king.


World of Final Fantasy Maxima

World of Final Fantasy Maxima
World of Final Fantasy Maxima

Available on: Switch, Xbox, PlayStation, PC

World of Final Fantasy is a cute chibi RPG with a unique monster stacking mechanic. Each character has their own size class, and you manage combat by stacking them on top of each other. It might not look very Pokemon-like, but like Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon, Square Enix is ​​making the most of its long history of iconic monster designs. You could fight with a Moogle, Behemoth, Carbuncle, and a cute little Sephiroth, all in different stances. The mechanic plays into the unique combat system for something unlike anything else, but great for scratching that itch with creature designs you already know and love.

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