10 best games like Pokemon for Android

by: Joe HindySeptember 20, 2016

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Pokemon is a force to be reckoned with. It’s one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time and has fans all around the world. Mobile didn’t have any Pokemon games until recently and even they aren’t very close to the original concepts of the game. You can enjoy Pokemon in two ways which are the card game and the classic RPG. In the interest of variety, we’ve included both here on this list. Here are the best games like Pokemon for Android!

beastie bay best Android games like PokemonBeastie Bay

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Beastie Bay is developed by Kairosoft and it’s one of the more underrated games like Pokemon. This game is a mixture of a monster catching game and a sim so you’ll have quite a bit to do. The simulation side of it will have you building a city, planting crops, and managing all of its resources. You then go out into the wilderness, catch beasts, trade them, and battle them. There is a ton of game here and it should keep you busy for a long time. It’s a freemium game, but most of these are going to be.

Download now on Google Play!

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bulu monster best games like PokemonBulu Monster

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Bulu Monster is a little more in line with what you’d expect games like Pokemon to be like. You’ll be tasked with capturing a variety of creatures and then pitting them against other players. It has 150 creatures that you can capture and level up and a lot of the interaction with other players comes against real people via online PvP. It also boasts a campaign mode, plenty of quests to go on, and you can even play the game offline. You should be able to have a good time with this one for a while, even if it’s a freemium game.

Download now on Google Play!

clash royale best games like PokemonClash Royale

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Clash Royale is one of the most popular card games out there and it takes a lot of its cues from the Pokemon card games. Players are allowed to build decks from a large cache of available cards and then they duel it out against other people online. You’ll earn chests that provide you with various resources along with new cards. It also has clan mechanics so you can join up with friends, duel them, lend them cards, and things like that. It’s one of the better games like Pokemon if you enjoyed the card version of the game. The only downside is the in-app purchases.

Download now on Google Play!

digimon heroes best android games like pokemonDigimon Heroes

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Digimon and Pokemon grew up together and their card games play with very similar mechanics. Digimon Heroes is the latest mobile game in the franchise and it’s actually pretty good. Players will engage in three-card battles against other players to see who can come out on top. It features over 1000 cards to collect, various fusion and evolve mechanics that are in line with the game, and there are special events to help keep things interesting. It’s a freemium game and has a lot of those same pitfalls, but there is a lot of stuff here to keep you busy.

Download now on Google Play!

evocreo best games like PokemonEvoCreo

[Price: Free / $0.99 with in-app purchases]
EvoCreo is about as close to a Pokemon clone as you can get. In this jRPG title, you’ll be tasked with collecting your monsters, battling other evokers (trainers), and making your way through the storyline. The developers boast that the campaign will take you about 40 hours and that you’ll have 130 monsters that you can capture and evolve. It also features cross-platform multiplayer and the ability to customize your monsters to suit whatever strategy you cook up. It’s a paid game with in-app purchases, but the in-app purchases are entirely optional.

Download now on Google Play!

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hearthstone best android games like pokemonHearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Heartstone is another of the most popular card games out there. Players will have access to hundreds of cards to build a variety of decks to duel with other players online. Each deck that gets built can be saved for future use and most players manage multiple decks at once. There is a short campaign mode that helps you get into the game, but most of it takes place online against other people. It’s worth noting that your saved files are linked to your Battle.net account which allows you to switch between mobile and PC play without much hassle. Their in-app purchase strategy is a little less irritating as well.

Download now on Google Play!

monstercrafter best games like pokemon on androidMonsterCrafter

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
MonsterCrafter is one of the more unique games like Pokemon. Instead of giving you a ton of monsters to catch, this game lets you make your own. It uses a similar graphical style as games like Minecraft which allows for a very modular and customizable experience. Players will be able to build their own creatures and then battle them against other creatures to see who can build the best one. It’s a fun little premise with the only downside being the in-app purchases.

Download now on Google Play!

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neo monsters best games like PokemonNeo Monsters

[Price: $0.99 with in-app purchases]
Neo Monsters is another fairly decent Pokemon clone. Players in this game will be tasked with exploring six different worlds which the developers boast could take you as long as 60 hours. Each world has its own league that you’ll have to fight through to be the champion and there are also 140 optional missions that you can do online. The mechanics allow you to battle with four creatures at once and have a party of 16 which is pretty awesome. It’s a pay-once game with some in-app purchases that allow you to directly buy monsters if you really want to. Otherwise, it’s one of the more complete games like Pokemon.

Download now on Google Play!

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Pokemon TCG Online games android games like pokemonPokemon TCG Online

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Pokemon TCG Online is an actual Pokemon game released by The Pokemon Company. Why play games like Pokemon when you can just play Pokemon, right? This one will have players starting out with a grass, water, or fire type deck and then building as you go. It features easy mechanics, deck customization, and practices matches against the AI that let you get better. You’ll also be able to expand your collection by buying booster packs with real money, winning them as prizes, or even trading with other players. It’s not bad, but it is freemium so beware of that.

Download now on Google Play!

pokemon GO best android games like pokemonPokemon Go

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
It doesn’t get any closer to an actual Pokemon game than Pokemon Go. This augmented reality game was released in 2016 and is the most popular mobile game of all time. The game gives you the opportunity to live the life of a Pokemon trainer. You’ll walk the actual world, catching and raising Pokemon as you go. Players can also hit up Pokestops for items and battle gyms for supremacy. There isn’t a story mode or anything, but it’s a good reason to get out of the house. The developer has also been working making things a little more interesting with new features that’ll be out sooner or later.

Download now on Google Play!

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • George

    If you like the jrpg games liie pokemon you should definitely try the Persona series.
    You can play 1-2-3 on PPSSPP, but 4 and the new one 5 are out of the question for mobiles. :P

    • Confucius Say ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Wait, what? Is the game called Persona, and what is PPSSPP? Thanks!

      • George

        Yeah the game series is called Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, or just Persona for short.
        1-2-3 Are available on PSP so you can play them on your mobile using the PPSSPP program, which is a PSP emulator.
        Persona 4 is for PS2 and PS Vita, and Persona 5 is for PS3 and PS4. (5 is not yet released internationally)

  • hawkstwelve

    I’ll just leave this here:

    1. Download emulator (MyBoy or DraStic)
    2. Download Pokemon ROM
    3. Profit