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12 Great Games Like Pokémon

These are hand-picked games similar to Pokémon. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Pokémon. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Pokémon. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Pokémon Sword and Shield are role-playing games where you explore a fictional world and collect different creatures called Pokémon. You progress through the game by exploring the world, talking to character and winning turn-based battles with the Pokémon you've collected.

Unfortunately, Pokémon is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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Release Date: 27/02/1996, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @NintendoAmerica

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

Adopt Me!

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Release Date: 14/07/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @PlayAdoptMe

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Adopt Me is one of the most popular Roblox games. In a rudimentary way it simulates daily life. You can build a home, look after pets and make friends. Like many Roblox games, it's the combination of an avid community of players...

Pokémon Cafe Mix

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Release Date: 15/12/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

Pokemon Cafe Mix is a puzzle game. Similar to the icon-connection challenge of Disney Tsum Tsum, you play as Eevee and delivering orders in a cafe by linking Pokemon icons in a ring. It's a low pressure puzzle with a swirl-to-connect interaction that is...

Super Mario Odyssey

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Release Date: 27/10/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch...

Pokemon Go!

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Release Date: 06/07/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Physically Active and Turn-Based

Developer: @NianticLabs

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 20 players online

Pokémon Go is a game you play by walking outside. You play on a smartphone so it can use the GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player's real-world location.

Ooblets

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Release Date: 15/07/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Simulation

Developer: @Glumberland

Players: This is a single player game

Ooblets is a farming and creature collecting game where you tend your animals, explore the world and bring home new wild Ooblet animals from the wild. You can then battle in turn-based dance-offs.

Cat Quest (Series)

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Release Date: 13/09/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Developer: @TheGentlebros

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Cat Quest 2 is an adventure game, the sequel to Cat Quest, about a fantasy realm of cats and dogs. You explore and talk to characters who send you on quests to kill enemies in caves or retrieve hidden items. The addition of two player in the second game...

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

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Release Date: 18/07/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @PridefulSloth

Players: This is a single player game

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is an adventure where you explore a world seeking out and collecting magical creatures, known as sprites, to banish an ominous shroud known as the Murk. As you do this, you make your way in the world, farming,...

Temtem

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Release Date: 21/01/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Turn-Based

Developer: @playtemtem

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Temtem is a role-play game like Pokemon but played online against loads of other players. You collect and train Temtem creatures 9of which there are 161) while exploring the world. You encounter other creatures controlled by human or computer players...

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (Series)

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Release Date: 17/11/2005, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: @SpikeChunsoft_e

Players: This is a single player game

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is a series of fighting games where you control different cartoon creatures as they make their way through randomly-generated dungeons, defeating enemies and adding them to your team. It's a simple rogue-like game where you take...

Skylanders (Series)

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Release Date: 14/10/2016

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

Developer: @ToysForBob

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.

Octopath Traveler

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Release Date: 13/07/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: @SquareEnix

Players: This is a single player game

Octopath Traveler is a combat-focused role-playing game where you follow eight characters on their personal quests. Like other role playing games, you explore the vast open world, interact with citizens and fight enemies as you progress through the...

New Pokemon Snap

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Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @NintendoAmerica

Players: This is a single player game

New Pokemon Snap is the latest in the series of Pokemon Snap games. It's a puzzle safari where you are guided through the natural world of Pokemon creatures to take pictures of them in the wild. The aim is to time your photos to capture them in specific...

Pokémon is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Pokémon in the following lists:

Build Personal Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves "bouncing back" from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.

Games, by design, present players with adversity and much of the joy of gaming comes from taking on and overcoming unnecessary obstacles. Whether you’re saving the universe from an alien invasion or tending crops in your animal community, playing games mimics the process of resilience.

Image 163 This list of games that can help foster various forms of psychological resilience is compiled with the expert help of Take This. They aim to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. They encourage a game community that welcomes and supports people experiencing mental health challenges, and that recognizes the humanity and mental health of game creators.

The Portal series tell a narrative that you are going to fail. You’re told to give up, but if you ignore this barrage of discouragement you can use it as a way to strengthen your resolve and complete the puzzles even if you have failed twenty times in the process. The Stanley Parable is all about trying again. You can try and re-try your decision making, reaching a variety of different endings.

Dark Souls is a hallmark for a punishing challenge that require resilience. You journey through elaborate lands to adventure, explore, and take heed lest they encounter a battle with a boss or enemy. Celeste is the story of Madeline and the enemies she overcomes while climbing Celeste Mountain. The game specifically calls out that Madeline has anxiety, and the challenges she faces in the environment reflect her own internal struggles and triumphs. Cuphead challenges players to battle relentless bosses in combat-heavy play. Cartoonish and playful, it balances challenging players to grow in skill and offers plenty of entertaining environments and aesthetics to keep you playing.

In Kingdom Hearts you meet many characters that need help - and many boss battles feel almost insurmountable. With help from friends like Donald and Goofy, the player character Sora overcomes the darkness to save his friends and bring hope back to the world. Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game where one player’s mistake makes everyone else lose. You learn cooperative resilience in trying again admits humorous judgments from the unseen “hosts” of the game.

In Animal Crossing you get help from the animal neighbours. You learn to lean on this social and environmental resilience to persevere at building social connections with computer villagers and friends online. Stardew Valley’s farming is about growing and maintaining a homestead. Interweaving the busy work are relationships with the other villagers, many of whom are social models for resilience in their storylines.
 

Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. Whether this is during the rounds of a puzzle game amidst a zombie outbreak or as we race cars around a circuit, they can offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other and to the games people play.

In contrast to films or books, characters and relationships in video games need to be discovered by the player. Some of my favourite relational moments in games happen amidst other action. Often these other actions – whether shooting, puzzle-solving, or fetching and carrying – serve to underline the difficult, awkward and snatched nature of interpersonal interactions.
 
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Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 


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