Pokemon is a force to be reckoned with. It’s the single highest selling RPG franchise of all time and the third highest selling video game franchise of all time. In short, a whole bunch of people like it. Unfortunately, Pokemon has never made an official presence on mobile and that leaves most of us either buying a handheld console like the Nintendo 3DS or finding a suitable replacement while we continue to wait for the real thing.

Before we get to the list of the best Android games like Pokemon, it is important to point out that there are actually two ways to play the game. There is the RPG where you catch monsters and the card game. In the interest of variety, we have included both card games and monster-catching games on the list. Enjoy!

Beastie Bay

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Beastie Bay is a little bit different from most monster catching games. In this one you are on an island and you have to transform the island into your new home. You’ll be planting crops and building things. However, you’ll also have to catch and train monsters to defend yourself from the dangers of the island. Like Pokemon, monsters have elemental strengths and weaknesses, so you’ll need a varied team if you’re going to make it. It is worth noting that this doesn’t use cloud saves so don’t uninstall and reinstall the app or you’ll lose your data.

Bulu Monster

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Bulu Monster is a little bit more on the nose when it comes to being like Pokemon. It is an RPG where you play as a monster trainer on the island of Bulu. You must capture, raise, and battle monsters (up to 150) while you embark on a quest to save your friend. You can also battle friends online which is a nice touch. Developers have also added events and features since the game came out which is also promising. It’s one of the experiences that gets you closer to playing Pokemon without it actually being Pokemon.

Deck Heroes

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Deck Heroes is for those who enjoyed the card playing aspect of Pokemon. In this card game, you must collect cards, build a deck, and challenge players (both AI and online). The artwork is more sophisticated than Pokemon which makes it great for mature players looking for something a little less kid-like. There are a variety of game modes and the game requires some more thought and strategy than most. On top of everything else, there’s also an actual campaign mode for you to play.


Dragon City

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Dragon City takes the core mechanics of Pokemon and puts it into one monster. In Dragon City, you raise a dragon by feeding it and battling it against people online with the goal of becoming the most powerful dragon. There are more than 100 dragons available to play with and there is also a quest line where you build a city. The developers promise new content every week which helps keep things fresh and there are hundreds of missions to play through.

DraStic DS Emulator

[Price: $5.99]
Some people already own Pokemon games and just don’t want to carry around their phone and a handheld console. If you have a Nintendo DS Pokemon game, you can always pick it up for the DraStic DS Emulator and play an actual Pokemon game! DraStic DS Emulator is the most solid DS emulator around and the best you’re going to get. Thankfully, there are quite a few Pokemon games available for the DS. You’ll have to figure out how to get ROMs on your own and do make sure you actually buy a Pokemon game before grabbing a free ROM. Ethics matter.


Haypi Monster

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Haypi Monster is another Pokemon clone that tries to stay truer to the actual Pokemon experience even down to the camera angle during monster battles. It features hundreds of levels over six scenes, well over 100 monsters to catch, train, evolve, breed, and battle, and the usual online PVP battling. It’s been a little while since the game was updated but the last update did include a new scene to play through, new monsters, and some other stuff so it’s likely the next update will bring more of the same.

Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Hearthstone is a card game released by Blizzard late in 2014 and works as a great substitute for the Pokemon card game. It’s a fast paced game with hundreds of cards that you can earn, win, or buy to better your own deck. You can play against AI opponents or against other players online if you prefer. When you battle online, you can also win prizes to help you progress through the game and beat more online opponents. It’s been out a little more than a month and it already has a million installs. The only downside is, for now, only devices with screens that are 6-inches or larger can play it.

Magic 2015

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Magic: The Gathering is a hugely popular card and for many, the next step card gamers took after getting “too old” for Pokemon. It’s a huge card game with hundreds of cards, a campaign mode against some of Magic’s biggest villains and heroes, online play, and plenty of booster packs and decks available for purchase. Like Hearthstone, this is one of the heavy hitters when it comes to card games in general and if you like it a lot, you can always graduate to actual cards someday.


MonsterCrafter is like a mix between Pokemon and Minecraft. Instead of finding a bunch of pre-made monsters and training them, you simply build your own. One of the more unique concepts is that every enemy you face both online and offline are actually monsters created by other players. As mentioned, there is an online mode where you can battle other people and the matchmaking is almost as fast as the developers claim that it is. It’s something a little bit different and worth checking out.


Monster Galaxy

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Monster Galaxy is a popular game where you capture monsters and battle them. It features 14 islands that are named after Zodiacs, 125 monsters in total that you can catch and train, and a simple battle system. There is a story line that you can play through and, of course, plenty of opportunities to battle your creatures. It’s a little bit more simple than many of these other titles which makes it better for younger audiences.

Monster Squad

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Monster Squad’s claim to fame on this list is its more unique battle system. Instead of relying solely on dueling monsters, you must assemble a squad and battle them jRPG style against squads of other monsters. It also contains one of the larger collections of monsters with over 500 that you can obtain and train. Monster Squad also has leaderboards, online battles, and tablet support. The big strategy is finding a team that works well together instead of just individually great monsters.

Monster Warlord

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Monster Warlord is a monster trainer game that focuses a bit more on the social aspect of monster battling than others. One of its core features is the ability to create clans and form alliances as you battle others online. You can even do fun stuff like avenge your fallen clan members and collect bounties on other users. Along with the interesting online mechanic, you’ll also have hundreds of monsters to choose from and train across six elemental types.


My Boy! – GBA Emulator

[Price: $4.99]
Much like the Nintendo DS, Gameboy Advance had a healthy selection of actual Pokemon games which you can play again with the help of a Gameboy Emulator like My Boy. You can play the original Ruby and Sapphire titles along with LeafGreen and FireRed. Sometimes there is no substitute for a good Pokemon game and with emulators, you can play actual Pokemon games on Android. As with DraStic, do at least buy a Pokemon game before grabbing up the ROM. It’s the right thing to do.


Puzzle & Dragons

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Puzzle & Dragons is a hybrid of so many game types that it’s almost mind boggling. You have the core concepts of obtaining and raising over 700 monsters. It is then mixed with a Bejeweled style game play mechanic where you must match symbols to generate attacks. Puzzle & Dragons is certainly a different kind of game with some familiar aspects. There is a social aspect with ID codes and online multiplayer support which is always a plus. If you want something different, this is definitely different.

Terapets 2

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Terapets 2 is a fun premise because the monsters aren’t just referred to as monsters which is actually refreshing. In this game, you investigate some strange mysteries and try to uncover and prevent sinister plots. There are over 300 monsters that you catch by playing music and the game play, according to developers, is a mixture between Pokemon and Digimon. There is online PVP for those interested in battling real life people and much like the actual Pokemon games, one of the challenges is finding and capturing every Terapet.

Wrap up

If we missed any great Android games like Pokemon, let us know in the comments!

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