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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Kuro no Sho2000Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSAtlus Co., Ltd....
Dragon Quest Monsters 1 - 2: Hoshiori no Yūsha to Bokujō no Nakama-tachi2002PlayStationEnix Corporation...
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Kuro no Sho/Aka no Sho2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd....
Pokémon Picross2015Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Shin Megami Tensei Nine2002XboxAtlus Co., Ltd....
DelugeRPG2009Browser...
Shin Megami Tensei If...2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd....
Pokémon Tower Defense2011Android, BrowserSam & Dan Games...
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Puzzle de Call2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus Co., Ltd....
Lake Kindred2015BrowserGaia Interactive, Inc....
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia2008Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
Lil' Monster1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc....
Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate2014Nintendo 3DSCapcom U.S.A., Inc....
Pocket Monsters Stadium1998Nintendo 64Nintendo Co., Ltd....
Pokémon GO2016Android, iPad, iPhoneNiantic, Inc.3.17
Revelations: The Demon Slayer1992Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, Nintendo 3DSAtlus Software Inc.3.19
Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate2013Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.19
Pokémon: Magikarp Jump2017Android, iPad, iPhonePokémon Company, The...
VDex Project2009Browser...
DemiKids: Light Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.30
Monster Rancher EVO2005PlayStation 2Tecmo, Inc....
LostMagic2006Nintendo DSUbisoft, Inc.3.33
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei1987BREW, DoJa, J2ME, NESAtlus Co., Ltd.3.36
The Last Remnant2008Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.38
Pokémon Ranger2006Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
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Selected Covers

DemiKids: Light Version Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for DemiKids: Light Version
Pokémon: Magikarp Jump Android Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon: Magikarp Jump
Pocket Monsters Stadium Nintendo 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Pocket Monsters Stadium
Shin Megami Tensei If... PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei If...
Pokémon GO Android Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon GO

Selected Screenshots

DemiKids: Light Version
Screenshot from DemiKids: Light Version
Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon: Magikarp Jump
Title Screen
Screenshot from Pocket Monsters Stadium
Title screen
Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei If...
Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon GO
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