16 best Android games like Pokemon

by: Joe HindyJanuary 27, 2015
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best Android games like Pokemon
Pokemon is a force to be reckoned with. It’s the single highest selling RPG franchise of all time and the third highest selling video game franchise of all time. In short, a whole bunch of people like it. Unfortunately, Pokemon has never made an official presence on mobile and that leaves most of us either buying a handheld console like the Nintendo 3DS or finding a suitable replacement while we continue to wait for the real thing.

Before we get to the list of the best Android games like Pokemon, it is important to point out that there are actually two ways to play the game. There is the RPG where you catch monsters and the card game. In the interest of variety, we have included both card games and monster-catching games on the list. Enjoy!


beastie bay best Android games like PokemonBeastie Bay

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Beastie Bay is a little bit different from most monster catching games. In this one you are on an island and you have to transform the island into your new home. You’ll be planting crops and building things. However, you’ll also have to catch and train monsters to defend yourself from the dangers of the island. Like Pokemon, monsters have elemental strengths and weaknesses, so you’ll need a varied team if you’re going to make it. It is worth noting that this doesn’t use cloud saves so don’t uninstall and reinstall the app or you’ll lose your data.
Get it on Google Play
beastie bay best Android games like Pokemon


bulu monster best Android games like PokemonBulu Monster

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Bulu Monster is a little bit more on the nose when it comes to being like Pokemon. It is an RPG where you play as a monster trainer on the island of Bulu. You must capture, raise, and battle monsters (up to 150) while you embark on a quest to save your friend. You can also battle friends online which is a nice touch. Developers have also added events and features since the game came out which is also promising. It’s one of the experiences that gets you closer to playing Pokemon without it actually being Pokemon.
Get it on Google Play


deck heroes best Android games like PokemonDeck Heroes

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Deck Heroes is for those who enjoyed the card playing aspect of Pokemon. In this card game, you must collect cards, build a deck, and challenge players (both AI and online). The artwork is more sophisticated than Pokemon which makes it great for mature players looking for something a little less kid-like. There are a variety of game modes and the game requires some more thought and strategy than most. On top of everything else, there’s also an actual campaign mode for you to play.
Get it on Google Play
deck heroes best Android games like Pokemon


dragon city best Android games like PokemonDragon City

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Dragon City takes the core mechanics of Pokemon and puts it into one monster. In Dragon City, you raise a dragon by feeding it and battling it against people online with the goal of becoming the most powerful dragon. There are more than 100 dragons available to play with and there is also a quest line where you build a city. The developers promise new content every week which helps keep things fresh and there are hundreds of missions to play through.
Get it on Google Play


drastic ds best android games like PokemonDraStic DS Emulator

[Price: $5.99]
Some people already own Pokemon games and just don’t want to carry around their phone and a handheld console. If you have a Nintendo DS Pokemon game, you can always pick it up for the DraStic DS Emulator and play an actual Pokemon game! DraStic DS Emulator is the most solid DS emulator around and the best you’re going to get. Thankfully, there are quite a few Pokemon games available for the DS. You’ll have to figure out how to get ROMs on your own and do make sure you actually buy a Pokemon game before grabbing a free ROM. Ethics matter.
Get it on Google Play
drastic ds best android games like Pokemon


haypi monster best Android games like PokemonHaypi Monster

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Haypi Monster is another Pokemon clone that tries to stay truer to the actual Pokemon experience even down to the camera angle during monster battles. It features hundreds of levels over six scenes, well over 100 monsters to catch, train, evolve, breed, and battle, and the usual online PVP battling. It’s been a little while since the game was updated but the last update did include a new scene to play through, new monsters, and some other stuff so it’s likely the next update will bring more of the same.
Get it on Google Play


hearthstone best Android games like PokemonHearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Hearthstone is a card game released by Blizzard late in 2014 and works as a great substitute for the Pokemon card game. It’s a fast paced game with hundreds of cards that you can earn, win, or buy to better your own deck. You can play against AI opponents or against other players online if you prefer. When you battle online, you can also win prizes to help you progress through the game and beat more online opponents. It’s been out a little more than a month and it already has a million installs. The only downside is, for now, only devices with screens that are 6-inches or larger can play it.
Get it on Google Play


magic 2015 best Android games like PokemonMagic 2015

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Magic: The Gathering is a hugely popular card and for many, the next step card gamers took after getting “too old” for Pokemon. It’s a huge card game with hundreds of cards, a campaign mode against some of Magic’s biggest villains and heroes, online play, and plenty of booster packs and decks available for purchase. Like Hearthstone, this is one of the heavy hitters when it comes to card games in general and if you like it a lot, you can always graduate to actual cards someday.
Get it on Google Play


MonsterCrafter best Android games like PokemonMonsterCrafter

MonsterCrafter is like a mix between Pokemon and Minecraft. Instead of finding a bunch of pre-made monsters and training them, you simply build your own. One of the more unique concepts is that every enemy you face both online and offline are actually monsters created by other players. As mentioned, there is an online mode where you can battle other people and the matchmaking is almost as fast as the developers claim that it is. It’s something a little bit different and worth checking out.
Get it on Google Play
MonsterCrafter best Android games like Pokemon


monster galaxy best android games like pokemonMonster Galaxy

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Monster Galaxy is a popular game where you capture monsters and battle them. It features 14 islands that are named after Zodiacs, 125 monsters in total that you can catch and train, and a simple battle system. There is a story line that you can play through and, of course, plenty of opportunities to battle your creatures. It’s a little bit more simple than many of these other titles which makes it better for younger audiences.
Get it on Google Play


monster squad monster galaxy best android games like pokemonMonster Squad

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Monster Squad’s claim to fame on this list is its more unique battle system. Instead of relying solely on dueling monsters, you must assemble a squad and battle them jRPG style against squads of other monsters. It also contains one of the larger collections of monsters with over 500 that you can obtain and train. Monster Squad also has leaderboards, online battles, and tablet support. The big strategy is finding a team that works well together instead of just individually great monsters.
Get it on Google Play


monster strike monster galaxy best android games like pokemon“>Monster Strike

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Monster Strike employs the core mechanics of Pokemon in that you have to obtain and train monsters. However, that’s where the similarities end. In Monster Strike, you battle from a top-down perspective and you literally throw your monsters into other monsters. Each monster has a set of strike moves and they can bounce all over the screen for combos, multi-hits, and special moves. It’s a unique game with a little more action mixed in with the strategy. There are also features 4-player online multiplayer and hundreds of monsters to collect.
Get it on Google Play


monster warlord monster galaxy best android games like pokemonMonster Warlord

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Monster Warlord is a monster trainer game that focuses a bit more on the social aspect of monster battling than others. One of its core features is the ability to create clans and form alliances as you battle others online. You can even do fun stuff like avenge your fallen clan members and collect bounties on other users. Along with the interesting online mechanic, you’ll also have hundreds of monsters to choose from and train across six elemental types.
Get it on Google Play
monster warlord best android games like pokemon


My Boy! - GBA Emulator - best Android games like PokemonMy Boy! – GBA Emulator

[Price: $4.99]
Much like the Nintendo DS, Gameboy Advance had a healthy selection of actual Pokemon games which you can play again with the help of a Gameboy Emulator like My Boy. You can play the original Ruby and Sapphire titles along with LeafGreen and FireRed. Sometimes there is no substitute for a good Pokemon game and with emulators, you can play actual Pokemon games on Android. As with DraStic, do at least buy a Pokemon game before grabbing up the ROM. It’s the right thing to do.
Get it on Google Play
My Boy! - GBA Emulator - best Android games like Pokemon


puzzles and dragons monster galaxy best android games like pokemonPuzzle & Dragons

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Puzzle & Dragons is a hybrid of so many game types that it’s almost mind boggling. You have the core concepts of obtaining and raising over 700 monsters. It is then mixed with a Bejeweled style game play mechanic where you must match symbols to generate attacks. Puzzle & Dragons is certainly a different kind of game with some familiar aspects. There is a social aspect with ID codes and online multiplayer support which is always a plus. If you want something different, this is definitely different.
Get it on Google Play


Terapets 2 best android games like pokemonTerapets 2

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Terapets 2 is a fun premise because the monsters aren’t just referred to as monsters which is actually refreshing. In this game, you investigate some strange mysteries and try to uncover and prevent sinister plots. There are over 300 monsters that you catch by playing music and the game play, according to developers, is a mixture between Pokemon and Digimon. There is online PVP for those interested in battling real life people and much like the actual Pokemon games, one of the challenges is finding and capturing every Terapet.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android games like Pokemon, let us know in the comments!

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!

  • Joker74

    god im waiting years for a decent game to play. a decent strategy, warcraft style etc. but all junk and in app junk

    • MildManneredReporter

      chaos and order online?

      • Joker74

        Sounds more mmorpg, looks ok but dont want to be restricted to online to also play commuting

        Want a decent strategy game

        • MildManneredReporter

          x com and shadowrun returns

          • Joker74

            Looked at shadow run before but is rpg not strategy but I may check it out depends how much in game reading there is. looks nice though

            Ideal game would be similar to starcraft 2 etc just not milk us for in game costs

  • summoner wars

  • eric_s07

    As someone who doesn’t have an Android-based device, I had no idea that there were so many Pokemon clones out there, though I should have definitely see that coming. Most of them seem to really well made which is great to see. By the way, I wrote a list of best games similar to Pokemon on the DS (remember that console?) Here’s the link in case anyone would like to check it out http://gamesretrospect.com/2013/09/top-5-best-games-similar-to-pokemon-for-the-nintendo-ds/

  • Casey Gamble

    How is evocreo not mentioned matter of fact I only play this type of game because of evocreo design maybe check it out on ouya and ios android is coming soon

    • jeff

      i thought evocreo wasnt out for android yet ?

      • Casey Gamble

        For ouya console ver out

        • Hello

          I hate evocreo Even minimon has better storyline

  • Others to add: EvoCreo Lite and Minimon 3D. EvoCreo Lite is almost exactly the same as Pokemon. Minimon is a 3D game that’s pretty much the same too, though it has a few glitches. The good thing is you can play both games offline

    • Psychology

      I have Evocreo full version and dont play it, i actually like minimon but does it save ur account ?

      • I don’t know, sorry but I know there is a way to sign in using email so maybe.

  • Kiran Luthra

    Monster Galaxy is very enjoyable game and we play a lot. For help, gameskip is visited to level up fast.

  • Professor Murder

    None of these are Pokemon clones. NONE of them. They are all dumb and most are pay to get better type of things.
    The only real Pokemon clone out there on Android is a game called Evocreo. It is only 99 cents and is almost identical to the game and style of Pokemon black and white genre. Definitely fun.

    • Brandon Tran

      True