Gameplay feature: Monster capture / training

Group Description

Games where capturing monsters (usually through combat or other violent means) is a major or minor gameplay element. First popularized by Pokémon and later Digimon games, it has become an expected though not required characteristic in monster breeder/tamer games.

A successfully captured monster may be later viewed in the player's inventory, bestiary, or equivalent interface. These captured monsters are frequently further manipulated for other purposes, such as converting them to become minions or companions. In other games, a captured monster may be sold or destroyed for the purposes of being processed as alchemic ingredients.

Note
Until further notice, the term 'monster' should be limited to creatures resembling fantasy-type or sci-fi manipulated creatures. Up to this point it is still unclear if 'monsters' is just a place holder name that may one day include any variation of life form, including people, domesticated animals, or even cybernetic entities. Until that line has been established, use popular use of the term 'monster' in gaming.

Limitations
  • A 'capture monster' feature must be explicitly expressed during gameplay.
  • Recruiting a monster or non-player character (NPC) does not constitute a 'capture monster' feature. The purposes of this feature is to identify games where a monster is captured without consent. Any formed of optional consent by the monster in mention should be excluded from this game group.

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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei1987NESNamco Limited3.36
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II1990NESNamco Limited...
Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome1992SNESEnix Corporation3.71
Shin Megami Tensei1992SEGA CD, SNES, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.75
Revelations: The Demon Slayer1992Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, Nintendo 3DSAtlus Software Inc.3.19
Final Fantasy V1992PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SNES, Wii, Wii USony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.98
Shin Megami Tensei II1994SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.60
Shin Megami Tensei If...1994iPhone, SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd....
Xuanyuan Jian 21994DOSSoftstar Entertainment Inc....
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special1995Game GearSEGA Corporation...
Kyūyaku Megami Tensei: Megami Tensei I ・II1995SNES, WiiAtlus Co., Ltd....
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible III1995SNES, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd....
Xuanyuan Jian Waizhuan: Feng zhi Wu1995DOSSoftstar Entertainment Inc....
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner1995PSP, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.3.83
Pocket Monsters Akai1996Game Boy, Nintendo 3DSNintendo Co., Ltd....
Pocket Monsters Midori1996Game Boy, Nintendo 3DSNintendo Co., Ltd.4.14
Pocket Monsters Ao1996Game Boy, Nintendo 3DSNintendo Co., Ltd....
Arc the Lad II1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner Special Box1996SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd....
Monster Rancher1997PlayStationTecmo, Inc.4.12
Dungeon Keeper1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Final Fantasy Tactics1997iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.96
Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku1997PC-98, WindowsASCII Corporation...
Dungeon Keeper: The Deeper Dungeons1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.79
Pokémon Blue Version1998Game Boy, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.99
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Selected Covers

Monster Rancher PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Monster Rancher
Final Fantasy Tactics PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fantasy Tactics

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Xuanyuan Jian 2
Title Screen
Screenshot from Monster Rancher
On your first mission
Screenshot from Final Fantasy Tactics
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