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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. 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
Coromon2022Macintosh, WindowsFreedom Games...
Pokémon Legends: Arceus2022Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX2021Nintendo Switch, WindowsKoei Tecmo America Corp....
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond2021Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Shining Pearl2021Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Monster Hunter: Rise2021Nintendo Switch, WindowsCapcom U.S.A., Inc....
Monstermonger2020Windows...
Temtem2020PlayStation 5, WindowsHumble Bundle, Inc....
Serin Fate2020Nintendo Switch, WindowsCrytivo Inc....
Monster Crown2020Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox SeriesSOEDESCO B.V....
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne - HD Remaster2020Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc....
Nexomon: Extinction2020Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OnePQube Ltd...
Pokémon Shield2019Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Sword2019Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!2018Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Monster Hunter: World2018PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneCapcom U.S.A., Inc....
Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!2018Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Nexomon2017Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox SeriesPQube Ltd...
Pokémon Ultra Moon2017Nintendo 3DSPokémon Company International, The...
Pokémon: Magikarp Jump2017Android, iPad, iPhonePokémon Company International, The...
Pokémon Ultra Sun2017Nintendo 3DSPokémon Company International, The...
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters2017Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Monster Hunter: Stories2016Android, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon GO2016Android, iPad, iPhoneNiantic, Inc.3.39
Pokémon Sun2016Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
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Selected Covers

Nexomon: Extinction PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Front cover for Nexomon: Extinction
Pokémon Ultra Sun Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Ultra Sun
Pokémon Sun Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Sun
Pokémon Sword Nintendo Switch Front Cover 1st version
Front cover for Pokémon Sword

Selected Screenshots

The splash screen
Screenshot from Monster Hunter: World
Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon: Magikarp Jump
Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon GO
The Alola Photo Club feature allows players to pose their character and Pokémon for photos, then decorate the snapshots with stickers and frames. Photos are saved to the device's SD card.
Screenshot from Pokémon Ultra Moon
Splash screen
Screenshot from Monster Hunter: Rise
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