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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Pokémon Shuffle2015Android, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo 3DSNintendo Co., Ltd.4.60
Lake Kindred2015BrowserGaia Interactive, Inc....
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge2014Android, iPad, iPhoneGoogle Inc....
Pokémon Battle Trozei2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo‏ Version2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Final Fantasy XIII-22014WindowsSquare Enix Co., Ltd....
Pokémon Omega Ruby2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Pokémon Y2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.38
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate2013Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.22
Pokémon X2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.50
Pokémon: Black Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.29
Legend of the Cryptids2012Android, iPhoneApplibot, Inc.4.00
Pokémon: White Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.75
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Limited Collector's Edition)2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix, Ltd.4.00
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Crystal Edition)2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix, Ltd....
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Final Fantasy XIII -Episode i- Novella In-Pack)2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.5.00
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Nordic Edition)2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix, Ltd.3.33
Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D2012Nintendo 3DSSquare Enix Co., Ltd....
Final Fantasy XIII-2: Sazh - Heads or Tails?2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
Pokémon: Dream Radar2012Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Monster Galaxy2012Android, BrowserGaia Interactive, Inc.3.67
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Collector's Edition)2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.33
Final Fantasy XIII-2: Opponent - Nabaat2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
Final Fantasy XIII-2: Opponent - Lightning & Amodar2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
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Selected Covers

Pokémon: Dream Radar Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon: Dream Radar
Pokémon Shuffle Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Shuffle
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
Pokémon Battle Trozei Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Battle Trozei

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon Shuffle
By scanning in QR codes, you can visit other players' Secret Bases and battle AI-controlled versions of their Pokémon.
Screenshot from Pokémon Omega Ruby
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Screenshot from Lake Kindred