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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.

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 or being processed as alchemy ingredients.

Many games that have this feature belong to the role-playing genre and therefore may include monster training in various forms, allowing captured monsters grow in combat strength and abilities.
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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei1987NESNamco Limited3.29
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II1990NESNamco Limited3.58
Revelations: The Demon Slayer1992Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, Nintendo 3DSAtlus Software, Inc.3.08
Final Fantasy V1992PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SNESSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.76
Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome1992SNESEnix Corporation3.69
Shin Megami Tensei1992SEGA CD, SNES, TurboGrafx CD, WiiAtlus Co., Ltd.3.76
Shin Megami Tensei If...1994iPhone, SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.67
Shin Megami Tensei II1994SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.60
Xuanyuan Jian 21994DOSSoftstar Entertainment Inc.3.50
Xuanyuan Jian Waizhuan: Feng zhi Wu1995DOSSoftstar Entertainment Inc.4.78
Kyūyaku Megami Tensei: Megami Tensei I ・II1995SNES, WiiAtlus Co., Ltd.3.78
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible III1995SNESAtlus Co., Ltd.3.86
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner1995PSP, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.3.83
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special1995Game GearSEGA Corporation3.67
Pokémon Blue Version1996Game BoyNintendo of America Inc.4.01
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner Special Box1996SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.3.50
Pocket Monsters Midori1996Game BoyNintendo Co., Ltd.4.32
Pokémon Red Version1996Game BoyNintendo of America Inc.3.96
Arc the Lad II1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaMonkeyPaw Games Inc.4.93
Dungeon Keeper: The Deeper Dungeons1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.79
Monster Rancher1997PlayStationTecmo, Inc.3.94
Final Fantasy Tactics1997iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.89
Dungeon Keeper1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku1997PC-98, WindowsASCII Corporation3.89
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers1998Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnIndex Digital Media, Inc.3.98
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Selected Covers

Pokémon Blue Version Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Blue Version
Shin Megami Tensei SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei
Shin Megami Tensei II SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei II
Shin Megami Tensei If... SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei If...
Pocket Monsters Midori Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Pocket Monsters Midori

Selected Screenshots

Title screen on Super Game Boy
Screenshot from Pokémon Blue Version
Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei
Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei II
Ascend the stairs?
Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei If...
Opening animation
Screenshot from Pocket Monsters Midori