14 Games Like Pokémon: Free, Paid, and Online
Are you a Pokémon fan looking for a game that is similar? If you are like me, you've finished all of the official Pokémon games often enough to finish them with your eyes closed (and in record time).
The games on this page are similar to Pokémon and available on various game platforms including Nintendo DS, iPhone, and online.
The Pokémon game series is well known for its great story lines, turn-based combat, and ability to capture and train various monsters. All the games listed here will incorporate the same features to varying degrees. If you want to prove that you are a true Pokémon fan, I strongly suggest the Pokémon Nuzlocke Challenge (see below) before you try any of these other games.
If you know a game like Pokémon not on the list, let us know in the comment section.
History and Characteristics
Pokémon is a Nintendo-owned franchise that started back in 1996. The franchise includes an anime series, trading card game, toys, books, movies, and video games.
The video game series crosses over many different generations. Regardless of the generation, each game offers a similar gameplay experience, simply adding new features to the previous generation. The Pokémon games generally require the player to defeat a number of gym leaders for badges which will allow them to gain access to the elite Pokémon league (the name of which depends on the generation in question).
The games also have a strong focus on capturing, raising, and battling Pokémon. Each series also contains several legendary Pokémon for players to capture (if they can unlock the secret to finding them).
1 - The Pokémon Nuzlocke Challenge
Gives New Life to Pokémon Games
The Pokémon Nuzlocke Challenge is a challenge you can apply to any Pokémon game. It is simple enough that anybody can do it, but challenging enough so that only true fans will emerge victorious. The Official Nuzlocke Challenge has only two simple rules, but harder versions of the Nuzlocke Challenge have appeared since (see image flowchart below).
The two rules for the standard Nuzlocke Challenge:
1. You can only capture the first Pokémon you encounter in each new area.
2. If a Pokémon faints, it is considered dead and must be released.
Future additions to the Nuzlocke Challenge include options such as no Pokémon Centre healing, set battle style, limited Pokéballs, and even no items whatsoever. Of course how hard you want your Nuzlocke Challenge to be is entirely up to you, use the flowchart linked below to decide.
Nuzlocke Run Flowchart
The Challenge Begins
2 - Battle of Beasts
Prove You Are the Best Creature Trainer as You Create Your Own Realm
Battle of Beasts combines creature training with base building as you create unique habitats for your creatures, build the necessary resource-generating buildings, and train up a powerful fighting force of creatures to complete the campaign or battle against other players.
This unique mixture of genres makes Battle of Beasts extremely addicting and gives you more to do than your standard creature-based adventure. The wait times to create your settlement (known as the realm) are also nearly non-existent, so it avoids the issue free-to-play browser games have with excessive wait times.
On the creature side of things, there is a decent array of creatures such as the basic imp and more powerful scorpion. As they level up, their stats will improve and their special abilities will be unlocked, which allows you to have strategic choice in battle.
Battle of Beast Gameplay
3 - Best Fiends
Train a Team of Fiends to Defeat the Evil Slugs
Best Fiends is a role-playing game like Pokémon for iOS and Android devices. The storyline follows you as you set out to train and capture a number of fiends to defeat the evil slugs on your journey to becoming their fearless leader.
Pokémon fans will instantly recognise the gameplay formula of Best Fiends and will enjoy what it has to offer. When you start out, you'll have the option between three different starter creatures (sound familiar?), and from there, you will begin your journey to become the best.
Best Fiends also offers questing, challenges, and even hidden items. The game focuses on PvE and PvP equally to ensure that all gamers are looked after. You have plenty of freedom to focus on questing or rising up the ranks of the arena-focused PvP.
The game is without a doubt the best mobile game like Pokémon.
4 - Lost Magic
Made for the Nintendo DS
Lost Magic is a mixture of RPG and real-time strategy that was released in 2006. Lost Magic combines two interesting elements that create an interesting and fun gameplay experience.
Players play as a mage and as such must rely on casting various magic spells by drawing rune shapes on the DS touch screen. The power of the spell is also effected by how accurately the rune is drawn, with more powerful spells being tougher to draw. The variety of spell combinations offers players many different gameplay options to create a massive depth of gameplay.
Players can also capture various monsters and use them to aid the player in battle. Most enemies that the player encounters can be captured and then used to fight in a later battle. For the most part, monster control is computer-controlled, but players can issue some basic commands such as who to attack. Players can also equip items to increase their power.
Let's Play: Lost Magic
5 - Monster MMORPG
Capture and Train Pets in This Free Online Game
Monster MMORPG is a free browser-based game that has many similarities to the Pokémon series. The graphics are very simple (slightly better than the original Pokemon games), allowing it to be played completely online with no download required.
Monster MMORPG features over 600 pets to capture and train, many different locations, unique monster design, and great chat options. The game relies on a text-based combat system, however, which may turn some players off.
Monster MMORPG Trailer
6 - Pokémon Dawn of Darkness
A Fan-Made MMORPG
If you are looking for an online free game like Pokémon, then you can't do better than the fan-made Pokémon Dawn of Darkness. The game is constantly being worked on, with new content and fixes being added regularly. The administrators are also more than happy to listen to player feedback, allowing you to impact the direction that the game takes in the future.
With hundreds of maps, NPCs, avatars, gym battles, mouse and keyboard controls, shops, and a trading system, the game is without a doubt the best online game like Pokemon.
7 - Digimon World DS
Capture Digimon On Your Nintendo DS
Digimon World was a popular RPG for the PlayStation, and the Nintendo DS release saw it move towards a Pokémon style of gameplay.
In Digimon World DS, the player takes the role of a Digimon Tamer and is tasked with discovering, training, and commanding more than 200 unique Digimon. Unlike other collection games, the game doesn't end after you tame them all though, with many features to keep players interested such as Digi-Farms and many other Wi-Fi supported features.
For Pokémon fans who are desperately looking for another monster capture and battle RPG, then Digimon World DS will not disappoint. Digimon World DS received a score of 83% from GameVortex.
8 - Final Fantasy (Series)
A Game With Similar Combat Features
While Final Fantasy may seem like a strange inclusion on this list, it actually shares many similarities with the Pokémon series that may attract fans. Some of the later games have moved away from this combat style so check out the Final Fantasy Wikia (linked below) to find all the Final Fantasy games.
While there is no capturing and raising of monsters, the Final Fantasy series does offer turn-based combat and the ability to select which combination of characters you wish to send out into battle (generally chosen early and fixed from then on). From these turn-based combats, your characters gain experience and grow stronger while also acquiring gold to better their equipment.
The Final Fantasy series has been highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike. The game is available across many genres and is a great game for those fans who enjoy the turn-based combat style of Pokémon.
Final Fantasy Gameplay
9 - Monster Galaxy: The Zodiac Islands
Made for iPhone and Available on Facebook
Monster Galaxy: The Zodiac Islands (Monster Galaxy) is available for mobile devices (iPhone and Android) and on Facebook. The game features over 125 unique monsters to catch and battle with and plays out over 14 different islands, offering plenty of gameplay.
Instead of monsters having a type (such as grass or fire) all monsters belong to one of the zodiac signs and have the ability to use a special zodiac attack.
Monster Galaxy uses an energy system, limiting playtime to around 5-10 minutes. While energy does regenerate reasonably quickly, the game is definitely a casual gaming experience.
Monster Galaxy is free game but does feature optional in-app purchases (but are not required to play through the entire game).
Monster Galaxy Gameplay
10 - GeoSociety
One of the Best Games on This List for iPhone
GeoSociety is currently one of the best games on this list for iPhone. The game features all of the monster taming, battling, and capturing that made the original Pokémon series so popular.
GeoSociety includes 350 monsters, team battles, a massive world, unique missions, and a maximum monster party of nine—all for the low price of $1.99.
GeoSociety Gameplay Trailer
11 - Mighty Monsters
Become the Ultimate Monster Tamer
Mighty Monsters is another popular game that is available on iPhone. It features a number of unique pets, from fire-breathing dragons to ninja rabbits.
Set out on a journey to become the ultimate monster tamer. Catch (and evolve) over a hundred different monsters and teach them a massive number of unique abilities. Mighty Monsters also features many locations, quests, and customisable avatars, as well as the ability to chat with friends. Note that an Internet connection is required to play.
Mighty Monsters Gameplay Video
12 - MinoMonsters
Create a Team of MinoMonsters and Train Them for Battle
MinoMonsters is available for free on your iPhone. Choose your own team of MinoMonsters from hundreds of different species and train them for battle.
MinoMonsters offers plenty of gameplay and great cinematic visuals. The game has been highly rated by fans and critics making it a must download for fans of Pokémon.
13 - Morphs
Available on Apple Products
Morphs is game available for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad.
In Morphs, you set out to explore Morph Island while also looking for your father. Along the way you will collect, raise, and train a number of creatures known as Morphs. You will also be able to battle your friends and watch your Morphs evolve.
Other game features include hidden treasure, pet care (feeding and cleaning), mini games, and a great art direction.
14 - Micromon
A New Pokémon-Clone Game
Micromon is a monster-capture game for iPhone packed full of features. With an emphasis on exploration, a large game world, and fast-paced strategic battles, the game is no doubt going to be standout in the Pokémon-clone genre.
The main game features include quests, a sandbox-style game world, trainer levels, fast battles, multiplayer tournaments, a large number of starting Micromon, a mature story, and many social features.
Did This List Miss Any Games? Leave Your Comment Here
Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on April 07, 2015:
Good hub, Sam. Some Final Fantasy games actually *do* let you raise monsters, such as FF 13-2. But you're right, the majority don't.
eric s07 on February 24, 2015:
I'm aware that the Pokémon series is extremely popular, but I'm more than surprised to see that there are so many clones out there. I remember an MMO I check out on the PC a long time ago and there was a lot of people playing it at the same time, which was kind of a weird experience, since a lot of seasoned players had legendaries. So you could see people running around with Ho-Ohs and Enteis.
I wrote an article about similar games to Pokémon, but on the Nintendo DS. Here's the link in case someone would like to read it http://gamesretrospect.com/2013/09/top-5-best-game...
Anonomous on February 24, 2015:
Two games I've started are Fan-made games called Pokémon: Zeta & Omicron
woah woah woah on December 21, 2014:
you should have computer games
nipun-max on June 10, 2014:
You seems to be a pokémon expert. hehe
dmhonz on April 14, 2014:
Wow. a perfect timing for me my son are looking for pokémon game because he is a pokémon lover he collecting stuff with details of pokémon. thank you for compiling this one
michael-taylor2 on March 10, 2014:
try "Dragon quest" and "dragon quest monster joker 2"
ethan-henson-146 on February 05, 2014:
i started getting bored with pokémon until i started bringing my ds and cards to school and playing with others (multiplayer is always better)
shanktoofs123 on December 03, 2013:
pokémon was awesome I spent so much time on my Game Boy on those... I have tried the nuzlocke challenge for multiple games... makes it so much more interesting .. especially after beating pokémon red for the 20th time it can get stale haha
marley101 lm on November 22, 2013:
Yea pokémon on of the best games for the nintendo platform!
EzLoanLookUp LM on August 23, 2013:
I'd add Ni no Kuni on the list. It has a bunch of elements similar to pokémon and it's really fun. Good lens
Manjurul Islam from Chittagong, Bangladesh on July 19, 2013:
anonymous on June 20, 2013:
Check out Someone's PC in the iTunes Store. I use it as a companion to train my Pokémon characters. It is great.
chat2vishakha on June 19, 2013:
Nice post.Pokémon is one of my favorite game.Thanks for sharing this interesting post.
anonymous on June 18, 2013:
what about final fantasy XII 2
nicolekato on June 14, 2013:
I grew up on Pokémon. Great lens.
blessedmomto7 on June 14, 2013:
My 3 boys are big Pokémon fans. They'll enjoy these games!
anonymous on May 29, 2013:
You may want to add Dragon quest monsters to your list.
Samuel Franklin (author) on May 03, 2013:
@anonymous: Sounds fun! I'll be sure to check it out.
anonymous on May 03, 2013:
May i suggest you to have a look at Phonster, its a real good pokemon alike game on android (only) and it's gps-based (like Ingress).
There is the same system of evolution as pokemon and the same fight system
tigerbait on April 16, 2013:
Great Lens! liked
Metalpriest on April 06, 2013:
Awesome lens! I am an avid Pokemon fan, and I have also played the Digimon game listed here.
tasundwall4310 on March 29, 2013:
This is a really cool lens. I love pokemon so much when I was a kid. I had the games, toys, cards, you name it. Occasionally I go back to my childhood and play on android devices or on my computer using a gameboy emulator. I also came across a pokemon tower defense game once!
BrandonCase on March 25, 2013:
Because of the strange timing juxtaposition, I'm now thinking about the new BioShock's Songbird as a giant pokemon! I hope it doesn't ruin the suspense :D.
RickSmith9 on March 19, 2013:
Cool lens. Pokemon was one of my favorite games when I was really you and I always wanted to find games that were similar.
anonymous on March 18, 2013:
Why is miscrits in here,it should share mystic guardians title as best pokemon like game on fb
anonymous on March 11, 2013:
@anonymous: try phonster ... alpha version for now, but game is really cool
anonymous on January 25, 2013:
@kiratalley: I know exactly how you feel
AdamzPg on January 21, 2013:
Ever hear of Jade Cocoon? It was the best PS1 game ever and very similar ti Pokemon.
anonymous on January 21, 2013:
@anonymous: yeah specttrobes was an actually great game but the only thing was the random hurricanes that are like encounters lol
anonymous on January 12, 2013:
I was surprised that Spectrobes wasn't on this list :0
I guess the battles are pretty different, but it's a monster raising rpg and I've always grouped them together in my head. Another game that is quite different gameplay-wise but once again is an rpg in which you can raise monsters (Though they fight alongside humans) is Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor.
HailSam on January 08, 2013:
ALSO! I have just started my own Nuzlocke quest ^^
It's not hard yet (as I'm on just basic, two rules only), but it will get hard eventually!
Come see my quest steps! http://www.squidoo.com/nuzlocke-for-pokemon-heartg...
You should also do a lens over Yugioh! That was a fun game, but now...it's too hyped up :P
HailSam on December 31, 2012:
I'd heard of Morphs, and Dawn of Darkness, didn't know Digimon was coming back! I'm pleasantly shocked, as long as it's the first gen. I loved that series.
Random fact: my security word is wowsquid. Like lolsquid (for those who watch Spongebob :P)
avigarret on December 17, 2012:
I was only really into the first Pokemon series, but you're making me reconsider watching and playing the other games, thanks for sharing :)
pretyfunky on December 13, 2012:
MourieJ on November 23, 2012:
pokemon..pikachu..i like it
anonymous on November 14, 2012:
Pocket Summoner is a game pretty dang close to Pokemon
S619MPR on November 14, 2012:
Terra monsters is cool too.
loveanime22 on November 12, 2012:
love pokemon i like pikachu
alittlebitofeve on November 09, 2012:
Loved it Spammy! Also, you should think about adding Robopon. A classic GBA game with the feel of Pokemon. ;)
kiratalley on November 03, 2012:
I feel old, I remember Pokemon coming out when I was still in school!
anonymous on November 01, 2012:
Another one i found in fb is magic pets
Projectlazy on October 30, 2012:
digimon gets so under rated. Did you include spectobes?
Ijivirus on October 27, 2012:
I love the Pokemon series. WoW battle pets has inspired me to find other games like Pokemon out there and this has helped :D
anonymous on October 19, 2012:
Wonderful pokeman games, The morphs game is worth watching and playing.
rooshoo on October 18, 2012:
That Micromon game looks awesome. Great lens that brings back a lot of memories.
LynnPorcher on October 17, 2012:
anonymous on October 17, 2012:
i never know there are so many similiar kind of such game.
lilPinkfairy288 on October 13, 2012:
Yes, we are a big fan of Pokemon. We have several Pokemon games for the DS. Nice nice! ~blessed~
anonymous on October 09, 2012:
thanks for the games
GrimRascal from Overlord's Castle on September 29, 2012:
I want to play those now
anonymous on September 28, 2012:
... Dawn of Darkness looks like a clone of PokÃ¨mon World Online.
anonymous on September 27, 2012:
Digimon is pretty good.
kmyangel on September 24, 2012:
I don't play pokemon games but I love the pokemon cartoon :P
getmoreinfo on September 24, 2012:
These are really cool Games Like Pokemon.
DeepaVenkitesh LM on September 13, 2012:
My son is, he he fun fact is, he knows the spellings of almost all pokemons
anonymous on September 08, 2012:
I like pretty much of pokemon games and this summer I have been searching for a lot of them online one of the games I discovered is terramonsters.com, but it has a little problem that sometimes you can't login.
legomanultra on September 03, 2012:
Very informative lens. My son is really into the DS Pokemon games.
anonymous on September 03, 2012:
Love pokemon Have All the Games and over 20,000 pokemon Cards : ) >
Supernovae on August 31, 2012:
lost magic looks cool. thanks!
anonymous on August 26, 2012:
@biggking lm: YES!
anonymous on August 26, 2012:
I have over 5000 poke'mon cards!
anonymous on August 26, 2012:
Yugioh,Digimon,Dragon Quest, Pokemon.All similar.
anonymous on August 26, 2012:
I have 2054 pokemon cards
Addie Johnson on August 22, 2012:
Thanks for this lens! Very interesting, I have never heard of Nuzlocke before!
newandroider on August 19, 2012:
Digimon is the 2nd best
silvdragn-jennings on August 09, 2012:
Wow i learned about some new games thanks! I Squidliked you, so if you get the chance can you Squidlike some of my lens?
Nicholas Weller on August 04, 2012:
Melissa Miotke from Arizona on August 03, 2012:
Great info and suggestions
imjens on August 01, 2012:
I remember playing Pokemon as little. I think that maybe I'll try Monster MMORPG. Thanks for the info!
anonymous on July 30, 2012:
Another game like pokemon is the MMORPG Monster Ranch.
nicole-young on June 11, 2012:
Huge pokemon fan! Love the games. Still play them. Great lens : )
biggking lm on May 26, 2012:
is pokemon fun?
anonymous on May 14, 2012:
I've been looking for a pokemon-like game for android phone, other than using emulators, anyone?
luniarose on May 03, 2012:
cool lense, great suggestions
WriterJanis2 on March 18, 2012:
Samuel Franklin (author) on March 18, 2012:
@fugeecat lm: I always do my best to at least include some free games in lenses like this, everybody loves free games!
fugeecat lm on March 18, 2012:
I like that you included some free games
Marika from Cyprus on March 17, 2012:
Oh Pokemon, what fond memories...
Ahdilarum on March 17, 2012:
No.. I heard about poke man, but not interested in games..
jolou on March 17, 2012:
These games can provide hours of fun.
JoshK47 on March 17, 2012:
Gotta catch 'em all! Nice lens!