The best alternative games to Pokémon

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There are companies that are aware of the discontent among Pokémon players and have made attempts to replicate the successful formula of Game Freak. In general, these two titles stand out:

Nexomon: Extinction

Graphically, this game is what the games in the main Pokémon saga would look like if the jump to 3D hadn’t been made. Keep the esthetic that we saw until nintendo ds games with a zenithal perspective and some very stubborn characters.

Nexomon: Extinction is a great game if you’re looking for an alternative to Pokémon and don’t want to complicate your life with new mechanics. On a playable level, the title offers a identical experience to that of pocket monsters. However, the game has greater difficulty. There are a total of 9 elemental types with its own table that works with a system similar to that of Pokémon.

As you may have appreciated, Nexomon does not hide the slightest thing about being a pokemon clone. If you’re interested in checking it out, it’s available on a ton of platforms: iOS, Android, PC, Xbox, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.



This title is even more controversial than the previous one. The approach of temtem is clear and concise: to be the game that Game Freak has never dared to make. within its genre, temtem it’s a MMORPG, that is, an RPG combined with a massively multiplayer online system. on paper, temtem it’s great, but its greatest virtue is also its greatest burden.

If what you like about Pokémon is exploration and battles, temtem It will give you that and more. Their battle system is identical to Pokémon. In fact, they are better than the Pokémon ones, because they are always double —Genius Sonority already reached this same conclusion with pokemon colosseum Y pokemon xd for GameCube—and they allow a lot of variability and strategies. So, where is the problem? Well, precisely in settle for being a pokemon clone. temtem it’s a game. Graphically he is very nice and has a lot of potential. However, he can only aspire to be ‘the clone of Pokémon’, so he completely renounces his identity in order to be an alternative for the most coffee growers.

If you want to try it out, you’ve had it on PC in Early Access for a long time. Its final version will arrive in september 2022 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and Xbox.

Games inspired by Pokémon or similar

We have already talked about blatant plagiarism. Let’s go now with some games that are different, but have some mechanic or element shared with Pokémon:


Ooblets are very adorable little creatures and kawaii that will help us explore the world of Oob. And like good fake Pokémon, they will also lend themselves to fight with other Ooblets to defend his master. Unlike Pokemon, Ooblets are mostly floors and are born from the earth. Even so, and despite having combat mechanics similar to Pokémon, the game works by objectives and we could say that it is even more similar to stardew valley than to Pokemon.

Viewed this way, it seems that ooblets It is the definitive game, especially for its visual section, which is very beautiful. Nevertheless, ooblets It’s one of those titles covers a lot and squeezes little. By trying to include so many mechanics, it’s not a monster game, nor does it come close to being a life or farm simulator.

At the moment, the game is available for PC and Xbox systems.

Monster Sanctuary

We leave the RPG and go to a Metroidvania. This title developed by Team17 shows us a world like that of Pokémon, in which monsters and humans live in harmony. However, the balance is broken overnight and our mission will be to return to establish order and peace.

In Monster Sanctuary we will not be coaches, but monster breeders. The fun part of the game is that we will have to investigate what has happened by exploring its various 2D settings and fighting with the monsters that we are raising. The fighting are too by turns and with a very Pokémon style, but they are not done on a stage, but on the land that we are exploring. The title has its own personality, which differentiates it from those that are clones. If you are interested and want to play it, it is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Other alternatives if you are looking for greater challenges

Pokémon is a JRPG. Very decaffeinated, but a JRPG after all. Y knowing this is important in order to look for alternatives. If what you like about Pokémon is combat, any JRPG that has turn-based combat you should like it. You may have never given a Square Enix game a chance — for example — because you didn’t play it as a child. But we encourage you to explore the market and give games of this genre a chance, regardless of whether or not they have monsters. If what interests you about Pokémon is strategy, challenge and mechanics, there are plenty of games out there waiting for you.

We will close the post with some curious alternatives that you could explore in order to give the Junichi Masuda franchise a break. They are the following:

Dragon Quest Monsters

The dragon quest franchise was born a decade before Pokémon. He made it for the NES. Years later Monsters would come out, a spin off which would quickly be compared to Pokémon.

On a mechanical level, these games they share many elements with pokemon, although it cannot be said that they copied anything – after all, they only applied JRPG systems that had been invented for years. The latest title in this line came out for Nintendo 3DS.

Shin Megami Tensei

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We will finish with this atlus franchise, which some define as ‘the shady Pokémon’. This saga was born long before Pokémon, but in the West, the game is not known as much as Persona, which is its spin off. explain the lore of these games is complicated, but we will stay with the idea that it is like Pokémon, but with demons instead of monsters. However, for all practical purposes, the Yōkai and other creatures that appear in this title are just like Pokémon.

Regardless of whether this idea appeals to you or not, you should give this franchise a try, because we assure you that it hooks with incredible ease. Our recommendation is to start with Shin Megami Tensei V for Nintendo Switch or Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remasterwhich is available on various platforms.

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Shin Megami Tensei has everything good about Pokémon, but combined with combat mechanics that will make you think and strategize to stay in one piece. The demons are collected and classified in the Compendium, which is nothing more than a Pokédex. Our goal is to recruit them, get them on our side and strengthen them. In order for them to join us, we have to convince them in a negotiation – it’s not as simple as throwing a Pokéball. The conversations with the demons themselves are absolutely great, as some of them will rip us off and even make us jokes that will break the fourth wall. Once you have demons on your team, you can fuse them to create other more powerful creatures.

In general, this franchise offers gameplay worthy of an adult, with the famous press-turn system of Atlus, which rewards the fact of discovering the enemy’s vulnerabilities with an extra turn and that plays against us if we do not cover our weaknesses. Unlike Persona, the Shin Megami Tensei are more focused on combat, and we will have to do a lot of maneuvers and fuse a lot of essences to have competitive teams and be able to get out of some final bosses.

For the rest, they also offer an interesting plot, with serious scripts and moments that you do not expect. It is a niche saga, but being a fan of Pokémon and not giving any of the two games that we have mentioned a chance is practically sacrilege.

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