What are the best alternatives to Pokemon games?

Indeed, Pokemon is a legend! And Pokemon GO was successful in satisfying our cravings for catching our long-time favorite little monsters and even made us crave for some more. If you still do, here’s a list of Pokemon game alternatives and if you find it lacking, help us build this list longer!

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    #1Pokemon Planet

    Pokemon Planet

    Pokemon Planet is a fan-made game that can be played online. Inspired by the show Pokemon, this free-to-play game features hundreds of Pokemon with endless exploration. 

    Games

    Online

    Free

    Светлана Павлушина
    Written on January 3, 2019
    "It's not an official Pokemon game but fan made and it's clearly a new experience and an alternative."
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    #2Pokemon Zeta and Omicron

    Pokemon Zeta and Omicron

    Pokemon Zeta and Omicron are fan-made Pokemon video games developed using RPGMXP featuring all 649 Pokemon of the first five generations which can be enjoyed in approximately 80 hours of playtime. This game is currently in public beta. 

    Games

    Windows

    Free

    Leticia Gálvez
    Written on September 25, 2017
    "Pokemon Zeta and Omicron are made using RPGMXO. These fan-made Pokemon games are disappointing and frustrating to play. I do not have a lot of time to play games so I am not going to waste any time on a glitchy fan-made game. "
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    #3WorkeMon

    WorkeMon
    WorkeMon is a business simulation game where you get to experience the life of a rich CEO, running a company you inherited from your rich father, the owner of the richest business in the world, "Gold Spoon Group".
    Games

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Johnny King
    Written on May 23, 2017
    "I was sick of playing Pokemon, since I had played it since I was a child. I still loved the mechanics and visuals of the game of Pokemon, so I wanted to try something similar. WorkeMon is great because it looks like Pokemon's graphics and has a cartoon-like feel. It has a trainer, a turn-based RPG battle system resembling Pokemon, and there is a progress of growth throughout the game."

DID YOU KNOW

Did you know that there was a card game developed based on the Pokemon video game and is called Pokemon Trading Card Game? There is no doubt that Pokemon Go has recently overtaken all other smartphone games in 2016. In fact, people are also trying to find ways on how to play Pokemon Go on PC. Moreover, the mobile game application now has an accumulated revenue of 1.2 billion US dollars and over 75 million players. It has surpassed the number of Twitter users. On the other hand, Pokemon’s card game version still remains classic to date. Pokemon card’s gameplay is simple. Players assume the role of a Pokemon trainer and use their Pokemon against their opponent’s. The certain amount of damage that is dealt with by a Pokemon plays a vital role for it is through it that players determine whose Pokemon is knocked out by who.

Since it was published in 1996 by Media Factory in Japan, this collectible game has become a timeless craze for kids all over the world trade. Its engaging and addictive nature makes the kids and the not-so-kids go crazy about the gameplay. In fact, there is actually a Pokemon trading card league that serves as a great avenue for fans to get together and have some fun. If you are competent enough, you can also join and play at the annual Pokemon World Championship. According to James Anderson’s article on Hi-Tech Chronicle, analysts projected 2018 as a good year for digital trading card game alongside the going popularity of board games today as a means of entertainment. In fact, the Pokemon company is exerting unprecedented efforts and investing an amount of money to put out high-quality trading card games. Pokemon is indeed one of the most popular anime franchise up to date. This can be proven by the sales and success of the series, movies, collectibles, and games based on Pokemon. If you want to try other video games other than Pokemon games, you can also check out out these anime games on Steam particularly a Naruto mobile game for a change. 

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    #4Dragon City

    Dragon City

    Dragon City Mobile is a simulation game offered by Social Point. Dragon City Players can breed and collect over 500 dragons. The role-playing game is intended for people aged 4+ and can be played through Facebook, Android phones, and iOS.

    Games

    Android, iOS, Facebook

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Wei Zhang
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "Funny how Dragon City is ranked number 1 on this site and from a couple of other sites I visited when looking for the best alternative game for Pokemon. I've seen comments that it is so unlike Pokemon that it should be taken down. Well, you know what? That is why it is called an ALTERNATIVE game!!!! I wish those guys would play Zombie games in real life because they'll be safe. The Zombies will not pay them much attention. Why? Because it seems like they don't have brains at all!!! LOL!!! I just vented. Dragon City is a fun game with a great storyline and very good graphics for a free game!"
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    #5Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

    Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
    Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is a role-playing video game. In this game, you can scan, raise, and train your faithful Digimon companions to battle by your side against a group of hackers.
    Games

    PlayStation 4

    Check price

    Bruce Chen
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "Now, this is the best Pokemon alternative for me. I grew up watching both Pokemon and Digimon on TV and I know the history of both games. What drew me to Pokemon was Pikachu of course but as I grew up, I made the unconscious switch to Digimon. Maybe because I felt like Pokemon was for kids and Digimon, with its more serious tone, is a game for young adults. Now, this game is very similar, yet in a lot of sense, very different from Pokemon. I've played it with my kids and they definitely share their old man's love of Digimon."
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    #6EvoCreo

    EvoCreo
    EvoCreo is a game that has the same system of Pokemon: adventure and explore the land of Zenith, and challenge the world's best evokers. More than 130 unique monsters are waiting for you to be caught, which will help you become the best trainer. 



    Games

    Android, iOS

    $0.99- with in-app purchases

    Sara Simmons
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "Here we go again. Pokemon-like games which are like, surprise, surprise, the Pokemon game itself!!! However, having said that, it really is a good alternative to Pokemon. It has the Pokemon feel and the basic plot. But the game-phase is really quick. While it offers users to purchase something in-game with real money, the users aren't really forced to since they can obtain some of those monsters if they have the patience. Overall, this is a good solution for this problem."
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    #7Pokemon Uranium

    Pokemon Uranium

    Pokemon Uranium is a free fan made game created in RPGmaker XP which takes place in the Tandor region, where the player must collect eight Gym Badges in order to compete in the Tandor Regional Championship. 

    Games

    Web

    Free

    Doris Fox
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "If you are looking for a Pokemon game that is not as popular, I would recommend trying this one. The story is similar to the regular Pokemon games but the plot differs in areas which adds a new element. It's also made by fans, which is exciting if you like to have a hand and/or are interested in game development."
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    #8YO-KAI WATCH

    YO-KAI WATCH

    YO-KAI WATCH is a role-playing video game developed by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS. YO-KAI WATCH centers on a boy who gets a special watch that lets him befriend and help mischievous Yo-kai and later summons them to fight other Yo-kai.

    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    Check price

    Barbara Williamson
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "Fun game for the kids. I've seen children go at this game for hours during weekends or during rainy days. Instead of scurrying around and destroying the house, they get a kick out of playing this game. They learn how to communicate and coordinate playing this game, which, truth be told is a better alternative than seeing our house wrecked. So, besides this game being a good alternative for Pokemon, it is also a good alternative if you want your house to be safe from these little beasts, errr, children. LOL!!!"
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    #9Monster Rancher DS

    Monster Rancher DS
    Monster Rancher DS is an adventure monster combat game, with light strategic, animal simulation and RPG elements tossed in. The goal of the player is to become the ultimate monster rancher by raising, training and fighting your monsters within tournaments.
    Games

    Nintendo DS

    Check price

    Alexander Wade
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "This is one of those titles that the Pokemon and Digimon shut down. Monster Rancher was a good title, interesting and had a lot of promise. But they run into Pokemon and Digimon so as they say, the rest is history. Digimon also suffered due to Pokemon's domination. It's nice to see these games back again. Especially for Monster Rancher. I have always been a fan of this and the game took me back in time. It has the feel of the old show and the gameplay in this game is superb. So unlike Pokemon that it deserves to be included in this best alternative list to Pokemon."
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    #10Bulu Monster

    Bulu Monster

    Bulu Monster enables players to be part of exciting monster battles with more than 150 monsters available! Monsters will be able to evolve to mature forms. Get ready to travel with them and defeat everyone on your way. 

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Vibhore Saxena
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "This is Pokemon under a different title. SO yeah, a good alternative. Why? because it isn't Pokemon! LOL LOL LOL. This is still Pokemon with monsters/creatures that underwent surgery to make them look un-Pokemon-like. So yea, I like this game and as an alternative, I'll take it any day than those other fan-made games."
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    #11Pocket Mortys

    Pocket Mortys

    Pocket Mortys is a Rick and Morty game based on the popular TV series. There are more than strange Mortys to recruit and train out there. Collect them and battle rivals across the multiverse.

    Games

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Rubén Arriaga
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "Rick and Morty is a phenomenal show so naturally, a game based on the show is bound to be as good. Well, not as good. But good nonetheless. This game has a great concept but people, especially those not-so-smart people will hate this because they won't be able to grasp the hidden jokes or even the relevance to the existing genre. HAHA. But a fun game and a good alternative to Pokemon."
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    #12Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2

    Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
    This is the sequel to Square Enix's blockbuster spin-off in the Dragon Quest realm. The follow-up promises over 300 monsters available to collect, raise and combine.
    Games

    Amazon, GameStop

    Check price

    Phillip Walsh
    Written on May 9, 2017
    "I have played 'mons' type games (Pokemon, Digimon etc) since I was old enough to operate a controller - I still remember Pokemon Red/Blue on the old, original Game Boy. In the over twenty years since then, I have never played a game as great as Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2. A sequel to the original, this game improves on the formula in every major respect, including also a brilliant story and delicately-balanced gameplay. It is fun both for experts and for casual players alike!"
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    #13YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits

    YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits

    Yo-kai Watch 2 is the second installment in the Yo-kai Watch series. Find, befriend, and battle more than 350 new and returning Yo-kai.

    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    Check price

    Douglas Ramirez
    Written on March 24, 2017
    "I purchased this as a gift for my step-son, he is absolutely obsessed with it and will not put it down! Yo-Kai Watch 2 is an amazing sequel because it that takes all of them game play, rules, and game design from what worked in the first game, refines the playing process and smooths out the wrinkles by expanding the frontiers in all the right directions creating an Role Playing Game (RPG) that kids literally become hooked on, non-stop. It might appear as though it is a Pokémon clone, but it's actually a big, immersive sandbox adventure with some great ideas of its own. It reminds me of a blend of Final Fantasy and Zelda games. I was playing it for a few hours and my step-son was getting upset because I would not share the controller. The style, comedy, and varying difficulty level settings will make it a RPG aimed for younger players, but don't dismiss it even if you like your RPG games to have dark themes and adult humor. You never know, Yo-Kai Watch 2 might be exactly what you need even if you are an Adult. "
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    #14UnovaRPG Pokemon Online

    UnovaRPG Pokemon Online
    UnovaRPG Pokemon Online, previously known as Pokemon Indigo, is a free MMORPG Pokemon online game which needs a registration to play, wherein you can set up your team and start battling online.
    Games

    Online

    Free

    Stephen Grant
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "Now, this is an interesting development. I grew up collecting Pokemon cards and playing the pokemon games on Gameboy and Nintendo64 and I have never heard of this undertaking before. I wouldn't necessarily call it an alternative to Pokemon games; as it is essentially a Pokemon game, but I think this is a very interesting idea. With the unveiling of Pokemon Go! I believe that options like this may have fallen by the wayside, but I will always support projects that curry this kind of youthful nostalgia."
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    #15Minimon

    Minimon
    Minimon is an RPG available on Android and iOS devices. Start an adventure in a world full of monster hunters. A huge monster RPG that can be played either in single player or MMORPG mode.
    Games

    Windows, Linux, Mac

    $9.99

    Nathan Wood
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "I am not a fan of Pokemon but I do like playing MMORPG. Minimon is a great MMORPG, there's no question. What turned me off is that it actually feels like a kid's game? But then, the game's targets are Pokemon lovers so I do understand why it was built that way. Still a good, solid MMORPG game. "
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    #16Pixelmon Generations

    Pixelmon Generations

    Pixelmon Generations is a fan-made Minecraft Pokemon game. This Minecraft game features the same creatures that can be found in the original Pokemon game.

    Games

    Windows

    Free

    Dylan Price
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "Generations is a relatively new game but it is still a game based on Pokemon. You can argue that it could be an alternative since it is not really the official game. But it could be the official game as it uses the official characters found in the game. That said, it is still a nice game before it got shot down. Now that it's back, I expect it to make back on top and be taken down again!!! LOLOLOLOL"
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    #17Pokemon Rejuvenation

    Pokemon Rejuvenation

    Pokemon Rejuvenation is a fan made game created by YouTuber SuperJanBro, commonly known as Jan on the Reborn forums. This is an episodic game and the spiritual successor to the Pokemon Reborn. 

    Games

    Windows

    Free

    Ashley Contreras
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "If you are part of the Pokemon craze then this is one to check out! Basically a refreshing on the previous games. The graphics seem a little dated but still a fun way to pass the time. "
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    #18Spore Creature Creator

    Spore Creature Creator

    Spore Creature Creator is a game for PC in which you can build a huge list of creatures using 228 flexible parts that you can combine in multiple ways. Paint the patterns, play with your created characters and share them using the built-in snapshot and video tools.

    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Rachel Carr
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "I like this game since it forces me to be creative in my creations. This is not your typical Pokemon game and as such, this solution fits. A good alternative game for those people bored from playing the same Pokemon game again and again."
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    #19Deity Quest

    Deity Quest
    Deity Quest is a light-hearted, Pokemon-inspired RPG where you play as an ambitious young god, recently assigned to a world Aberos to convert followers and gain power. 
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $9.99

    Dorothy Gibson
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Deity Quest is an RPG where you have divine magic. The goal is to convert followers, grow in power, and become an over-god. There is much competition, including six versus six battles. You can be a single player or join multi-player games. It's $9.99 for the base version - not bad for something that can provide hours upon hours of engaging entertainment."
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    #20ZENFORMS: Protectors

    ZENFORMS: Protectors
    ZENFORMS: Protectors is an indie 2D RPG set in the fictional world of Gaia, which is inhabited by what are known as ZENFORMS. you can catch, train and evolve your ZENFORMS and progress through the ranks to become a grand protector.
    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99- with in-app purchases

    Anthony Contreras
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "I don't understand why they would publish games like Pokemon and claim that it isn't Pokemon. They just replaced the Pokemon with Zenforms! I shouldn't have downloaded this but I was itching to get my hands into alternative games. This game, while it is ok, IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED it to be. So bummed about this."
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    #21Siralim

    Siralim
    Siralim is a deep RPG with light roguelike elements that allows you to summon and customize hundreds of creatures to fight in strategic battle. Fight your way through randomly generated dungeons and complete randomized quests.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $9.99

    Jerry Guerrero
    Written on April 4, 2017
    "Siralim is a RPG game that is similar enough to Pokemon for people who are looking to branch out from the Pokemon games. The graphics remind me of 16 bit Zelda games so there's also the cool nostalgia aspect of the game. Siralim is available on Steam. "
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    #22Pokemon Insurgence

    Pokemon Insurgence

    Pokemon Insurgence is a fan-made Pokemon Essentials based game which features such as new custom mega evolutions, an entirely new region to explore and a full online trading and battling system.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Lawrence Palmer
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "A fan made game that tries, and mostly fails, to be a better Pokemon game. I appreciate the effort but without the Pokemon Company's backing it falls well short of what it could be. If some of the features from this game were added to Sun and Moon and especially Pokemon Go it'd improve those games a lot, but Insurgance as a stand alone mostly fails. "

Summary

Best What are the best alternatives to Pokemon games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Pokemon PlanetGames 1016 Free
2Pokemon Zeta and OmicronGames 44 Free
3WorkeMonGames 40 Free
4Dragon CityGames 40 Free
5Digimon Story: Cyber SleuthGames 40 Paid
6EvoCreoGames 39 Paid
7Pokemon UraniumGames 33 Free
8YO-KAI WATCHGames 33 Paid
9Monster Rancher DSGames 28 Paid
10Bulu MonsterGames 26 Free
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