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26 Great Games Like Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

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

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 repeated runs at the dungeons, slowly gaining more power and getting further each time. The intuitive and strategic gameplay cycle makes these games stand out.

Unfortunately, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 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: 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

Costs: Free-to-start

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

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Release Date: 04/08/2020

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Developer: @FallGuysGame

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a whacky obstacle race where up to 60 people compete to get to the end of the course and advance to the next round. Drawing on TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout or It's a Knock Out you have to control top-heavy...

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...

Pokémon (Series)

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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

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...

Genshin Impact

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Release Date: 27/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

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

Developer: @GenshinImpact

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Genshin Impact is a role-playing adventure set in a fantastical open world you explore by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary. Like the Zelda games, you can collect items, and craft new weapons. However, in this game to create a party...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Series)

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Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.

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...

Minecraft Dungeons

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Release Date: 26/05/2020

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

Genres: Action and Adventure

Developer: @DungeonsGame

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Minecraft Dungeons is an action-adventure game that takes place in the Minecraft universe. You explore various dungeons to complete missions and collect new gear by exploring and finding treasure chests, or by defeating enemies....

Transformers: Battlegrounds

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Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Developer: @Outright_Games

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Transformers: Battlegrounds is a strategy game that's accessible for a range of abilities. It offers a robot-themed XCOM style game for younger players.

Paper Mario (Series)

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Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020

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

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

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.

Marvel Contest of Champions

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Release Date: 10/12/2014

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Strategy

Developer: @Kabam

Players: This is a single player game

Marvel Contest of Champions is a fighting game where you collect teams of Marvel characters to fight against computer-controlled characters. The fights are one versus one that work through increasingly harder opponents. It's novel because you can form...

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Series)

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Release Date: 15/07/2003, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox and iOS

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

Developer: @Obsidian

Players: This is a single player game

The Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is a series of hard narrative-driven role-playing and combat games set in the Star Wars universe, 4000 years before Luke Skywalker and the Empire. You fight enemies and discover secrets by talking to the...

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.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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Release Date: 29/08/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Ubisoft

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

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a chess-like strategy game where you control cartoon rabbits (the Rabbids) and Nintendo characters in turn-based battles with fantastical weapons through four different worlds.

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Hades

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Release Date: 06/12/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: @SupergiantGames

Players: This is a single player game

Hades is a shooting game where you battle your way through dungeons to escape hell and the clutches of Hades. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades and through the game you'll meet many recognisable greek gods like Zeus, Athena and Posiedon who will try...

Brawl Stars

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Release Date: 14/06/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @SuperCell

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online

Brawl Stars is a fighting game where you battle the computer or other players in all against all and team matches. You can play as any of the game's 50 plus characters, called "Brawlers", in an arena. The cartoon style lends the game a more lighthearted...

Echo Generation

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Release Date: 07/12/2020

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Developer: @Cococucumber

Players: This is a single player game

Echo Generation is an adventure set during the summer of 1993. You and your friends set out to investigate the source of a mysterious crash. Complete quests, battle monsters and level up your party to save your hometown from danger in a heroic tale of...

Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling

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Release Date: 21/09/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Role-Playing

Developer: @PaperBugDev

Players: This is a single player game

Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling is a role-play game reminiscent of the Paper Mario games. You play three bugs, Vi, Kabbu, and Leif, as they search for The Everlasting Sapling. Explore, level-up and take on fun battles in this lovable adventure.

Costume Quest (Series)

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Release Date: 19/10/2010, updated in 2011

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Developer: @DoubleFine

Players: This is a single player game

Costume Quest is an adventure game where you play a trick-or-treating child when they encounter a monster that kidnaps your sibling. You travel the neighbourhood collecting items for your costume, candy and fellow children as companions in order to face...

Fights in Tight Spaces

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Release Date: 01/09/2020

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Turn-Based

Developer: @FightsGame

Players: This is a single player game

Fights in Tight Spaces is a turn based fighting game where you use your deck of cards to win combat battles in small rooms and other locations. As you progress you gain more cards and build a deck tailored to each battle.

Full Metal Furies

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Release Date: 06/11/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @CellarDoorGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Full Metal Furies is a co-operative fighting game where you defend the free world from tyrannical titans. With three friends you each choose a character and work together to defeat special enemies, string combination attacks and save a war torn world...

Slay the Spire

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Release Date: 15/11/2017

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

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

Developer: @MegaCrit

Players: This is a single player game

Slay the Spire is an adventure battle card game. You play one of four characters attempting to ascend a spire of multiple floors. You fight enemies and bosses by playing cards you have collected. You gain new cards as rewards from combat. With 100's to...

Chroma Squad

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Release Date: 30/04/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @BeholdStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Chroma Squad is a strategy game themed around the The Power Rangers TV show. Rather than the heroes, you play the stunt actors who quit the show to start their own Power Rangers-inspired series. Rather than kill enemies in the turn based encounters,...

ScourgeBringer

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Release Date: 06/02/2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @FlyingOakGames

Players: This is a single player game

ScourgeBringer is a fast running jumping and shooting game. You play Kyhra who must slash her way through ancient machines guarding the seal of her past. It's hard and unforgiving, but offers a free flowing exploration and battling that can be tailored...

Riverbond

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Release Date: 10/06/2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Developer: @Cococucumberco

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Riverbond is a frantic adventure in a blocky world. With four people on one system you take on an adventure to defeat evil and free the charming citizens. It's a brawling game with the emphasis on fun and over the top cartoon combat.

Monster Train

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Release Date: 21/05/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @ShinyShoeGames

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online

Monster Train is a turn-based fighting game played on a train to hell. Through a series of rounds, you collect cards which summon monsters or special moves to stop enemy armies from getting to and destroying your pyre. Because the pyre is at the top of...

Loot River

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @Straka_Studio

Players: This is a single player game

Loot River is a puzzle fighting game where you explore labyrinths armed with the power of a relic that can shift the ground. This combines the combat with a Tetris-like tile shifting that alters the layout of each room to your advantage.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is in These Lists

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Get Children Reading

Image 221We have partnered with the National Literacy Trust to create this resource of video games that encourage and enable reading and writing skills.

The National Literacy Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of children and young people who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life.

Video games have significant benefits for children who are reluctant or struggling readers. They give them access to stories through interaction and world building which they may not have been able to read in print. Video games also have benefits for families where parents may not be confident readers, meaning that sharing stories as a family is still accessible to all. The rise of video games on smartphones and tablets, as well as more affordable game consoles has made the sharing of interactive stories easier.

Image 241There are different ways that video games create this kind of collateral reading and aid literacy:
  • Reading In Games: Video games offer all sorts of reading at all levels. This can be from simple narrative in a game like Florence to dialogue in a game like Mutazione or even just identifying useful items and game mechanics with in-game descriptions in a game like Zelda Breath of the Wild. Then there are games like Thousand Threads that help players think about the power and the consequence of words.
  • Reading Around Games: Video games create worlds that often spawn secondary texts. This can be official novels that expand the world or guide books that offer instructions and help. Knights and Bikes, for example, has spin off books, a cartoon series and recipes to read.
  • Routes Into Books: Many popular book series, such as Beast Quest, offer a range of video games as an easy first step into those worlds that lead to then reading the books themselves.
  • Communication Around Games: As well as reading, games encourage all sorts of creative output. This can be to contribute to the many online forums and message boards to talk about the game. This can also be to write fan-fiction after being inspired about a game world or character. The Sims, for example, has an avid community writing and creating all kinds of content online.

 

Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 

Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.
 
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Eco

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Designed For Easier Play

These games go above and beyond just adding a few difficulty settings. They consider a wide range of ability and accessibilities by offering customisable difficulty settings as well as special low pressure or assist modes that aid progress.
 
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Arms

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Digital Toy Boxes

Video games and toys are two seperate things in a child's life. Online and in stores they are sold separately. At home, however, children will move from toys to video games without such strong distinctions. This list draws together all the games that cross over with toys in this way.

Very young players are often drawn to games with toy-like play. Whether Toca Boca or Sago Mini offer video game interactions but without missions, tasks or scores. They are games that create space, characters, locations and items for children to make up their own fun.

Then there are games that import physical toys into the play-process of the game. Sometimes this is to have a figure unlock items and save progress like in Skylanders or sometimes this is to create new ways to interact like Tori, Hotwheels id or game/Anki.
 
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