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.

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.

  • 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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Kuro no Sho2000Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSAtlus Co., Ltd....
Pokémon Picross2015Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Shin Megami Tensei Nine2002XboxAtlus Co., Ltd....
Pokémon Dash2004Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.2.56
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Puzzle de Call2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus Co., Ltd....
Pokémon Tower Defense2011Android, BrowserSam & Dan Games...
Lake Kindred2015BrowserGaia Interactive, Inc....
Lil' Monster1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc....
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia2008Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
Revelations: The Demon Slayer1992Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, Nintendo 3DSAtlus Software, Inc.3.19
VDex Project2009Browser...
Pokémon GO2016Android, iPad, iPhone, watchOSNiantic, Inc.3.20
Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate2013Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.22
DemiKids: Light Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.30
Shin Megami Tensei If...2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd....
LostMagic2006Nintendo DSUbisoft, Inc.3.33
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Nordic Edition)2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix, Ltd....
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei1987NESNamco Limited3.36
The Last Remnant2008Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.38
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team2005Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.38
Pokémon Ranger2006Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team2005Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.44
Pokémon Black Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.47
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne2003PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.47
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Selected Covers

Pokémon Dash Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Dash
Pokémon GO Android Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon GO
Pokémon Picross Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Picross

Selected Screenshots

Title screen with main menu.
Screenshot from Pokémon Dash
Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon GO
Main menu
Screenshot from The Last Remnant
Game group created by Unicorn Lynx (174079), additional games added to group by Fred VT (25758), Trypticon (10734), Patrick Bregger (162561), Ƒreddƴ (5770), is_that_rain_or_tears (631), Harmony♥ (15931), Sciere (425588), Daedolon (3423), Opipeuter (16486), Parf (7302) and Indra is stressed (19934)