when they said “Pokemon! We all assumed they meant to hunt all the pocket monsters. But in fact, what they were talking about was catching all the Pokémon and Pokémon out there – of which there are many. And now, at last, we’ve caught them all, and wrestled with them in this particular article.
If you’re the type of person who hates waiting for the next Pokémon game, even though they’re currently arriving at a rate of two or three a year, these are the games to get your eyes on Poké Ball, for you to practice. Crush your fingers, and shove you down to the last thing Pokemon and different Pokemon.
Now, let’s make like a Wailord and dive into…
NB. Yes, we know that Temtem is out on the Switch! We are working on our review now, and will add it to this list in due course. If it’s up to snuff, of course.
publisher: Freedom Games / Developer: TRAGsoft
It’s a Pokemon, but: With built-in Nuzlocke modes and the simplest type matching!
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Coromon is the greatest love letter ever written. It’s no secret that it’s inspired by classic Pokemon titles, especially those from the Game Boy Advance era. Not only is it a direct imitation of those games, but it was clearly created to meet the needs of fans who loved those generations and craved more of them.
publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Magic
It’s a Pokemon, but: It’s a visual novel!
Digimon Survival It is one of the best visual novels of 2022, with a lot of heart and tension that will get you to the final chapter. Fans looking for an engaging story with well-written and presented characters that deal with life and death situations will enjoy, while players who focus on combat will find the game ends in a nutshell.
It’s certainly not a traditional Poké-like game, but if you want more time to hang out with your animal buddies instead of all that fighting, you’ll find it here.
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publisher: SWEDESCO / Developer: Studio Gold
It’s a Pokemon, but: With contracts!
Monster Crown The film is set in the wild world of Crown Island, where humans and monsters do not live together in harmony as they do in grudging acceptance. Hunting monsters is as simple as giving them a pact, then reading it mid-battle and then accepting or rejecting based on factors like level and health. It’s also designed to look like an 8-bit Game Boy Color, if you’re interested in that!
publisher: PQube / Developer: VEWO INTERACTIVE
It’s a Pokemon, but: With more complex battles and non-linear exploration!
Nexomon: Extinction He wears his influences unapologetically up his sleeve. You kid become a Nexomon tamer (not a trainer, that’s a different word, see?), you must travel across the land from city to city while hunting and training (sorry, tamingMore Nexomon, and of course saving the world at last. It’s the same idea, the same formula, and even the same battle UI. It’s a little trickier than Pokémon when it comes to battles, which can be both a blessing and a curse, as the difficulty goes up a bit. It’s a gorgeous red, though.
publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Bandai Namco
It’s a Pokemon, but: It’s Digimon!
Come on, you know the deal with Digimon: they can talk, and transform, unlike their simpler equivalent (dumb?) Pokéquivalents. As a result, the evolution also becomes more complex, and most of the battles are also 3 vs 3 instead of 1 vs 1.
Unlike the other Digimon game on this list, cyber investigation Pretty much like what you’d expect from a Pokemon-like game, although it still leans on the “visual novel” side of things with long scenes of dialogue. There’s also a fair amount of grinding, but if you’re a Poké fan, it won’t stop you, right?
publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: level 5
It’s a Pokemon, but: Much better writing and photos!
This JRPG level 5 enchanting fairytale masterpiece is similar to the playable Studio Ghibli movie. Their brand localization makes the writing come alive, and the great choice to use regional British dialects for characters Ni No Kuni Unlike any other game out there (except maybe Xenoblade Chronicles… And the Ni No Kuni 2clearly).
The Poké part of Ni No Kuni is that you can capture and train the Familiars, who are creatures with them Unbelievably Accurate and whimsical names (such as “Shonky-Honker” and “Sleepeafowl”) range from charming to terrifying. They will fight on your behalf, and you can evolve – sorry, the shift To more powerful monsters, too.
publisher: Glumberland / Developer: Glumberland
It’s a Pokemon, but: There is no fighting!
Ooblets, which recently appeared after a long time in Early Access, is a devious, creature-collecting life simulation game set in a dilapidated town. But this game offers more than just collecting creatures – between farming, making friends and busting a move, players are responsible for bringing Badgetown and its surroundings to life through the power of “Oobnet”.
Yes, Ooblets are almost like Pokémon in that you collect them and follow you, but things are settled through dance battles, and your weird and wonderful zoo can be used as farm help and companions too. Way more useful than Pokemon at all.
publisher: Monomi Garden / Developer: Monomi Garden
It’s a Pokemon, but: with capitalism! And the mud!!
Slime Rancher: Blurtable Edition It is all about collecting different types of slime, not for companionship or fighting, but for sweet, sweet money. Somewhat. All slime, erm, excrete Something called “Plorts”, which can be sold in the Plort Market for extra money, which can be used to get more slime and build containers for new species, which gives you different Plorts…etc. We don’t do it justice. It’s a great blink game.