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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker2006Nintendo DSSquare Enix, Inc.3.89
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories2006PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3NIS America, Inc.3.61
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team2005Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.38
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness2005GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.82
Monster Rancher EVO2005PlayStation 2Tecmo, Inc.3.67
Pokémon: Masters Arena2005WindowsValuSoft, Inc.4.75
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team2005Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.44
Xuanyuan Jian Waizhuan: Cang zhi Tao2004WindowsSoftstar Entertainment Inc.4.00
Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome2004PlayStation 2Square Enix Co., Ltd.3.90
Pokémon Dash2004Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.2.56
Pokémon Emerald Version2004Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.90
Monster Hunter2004PlayStation 2Capcom Entertainment, Inc.4.46
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children: Messiah Riser2004Game Boy AdvanceRocket Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne2004PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.4.19
Pokémon FireRed Version2004Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.68
Pokémon LeafGreen Version2004Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.52
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Puzzle de Call2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus Co., Ltd.2.80
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness2003PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.72
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance2003Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.65
DemiKids: Dark Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.80
DemiKids: Light Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.30
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne2003PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.47
Monster Rancher 42003PlayStation 2Tecmo, Inc.4.16
Pokémon Colosseum2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.69
Pokémon Box: Ruby & Sapphire2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.67
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Selected Covers

Monster Hunter PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Monster Hunter
DemiKids: Dark Version Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for DemiKids: Dark Version
Pokémon FireRed Version Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon FireRed Version

Selected Screenshots

A trial version of this game was included with the UK release of Devil May Cry 3
Screenshot from Monster Hunter
Title Screen
Screenshot from DemiKids: Dark Version