Strategy, synergy, and catching creatures make the Pokémon series a classic. Unfortunately, no Pokémon game has come to PC, but there are a handful of similar titles that have made the leap. Here are the best of the bunch.
In a galaxy far, far away is a world where sentient slimes roam free. Here, you inherit a slime ranch, so it’s now your responsibility to get it up and running by collecting every type of slime.
In Pokémon, you have to complete your Pokédex, while in Slime Rancher there’s the Slimepedia. There are 90 colourful slimes to collect, including pink slimes, rock slimes, puddle slimes, fire slimes… you get the picture.
World of Final Fantasy
This spin-off sees you explore the world of Grymoire, collecting Mirages - cute versions of classic Final Fantasy creatures. To use the Mirages in battle, you have to organise them into strategic stacks.
The stacking system is an utterly charming twist on Pokémon’s battle formula. Seeing your favourite Final Fantasy creatures in chibi form is simply adorable and reason enough alone to play.
Slay the Spire
Decisions made outside of Pokémon battles are as important as the choices made in them. Slay the Spire gets this. Building a deck with excellent synergy between cards requires the same thought process as constructing a winning Pokémon party.
Creating powerful combinations and seeing a battle go as you planned is at the core of all card combat games. But Slay the Spire is one of the best, and harkens back to Pokémon’s heady trading card days.
Digimon Masters Online
Back in the ‘90s, Pokémon overtook Digimon to become the ultra-successful Japanese media franchise it is today. But today, Digimon is the only one of the two that’s made the jump to PC.
Digimon Masters Online is an MMO where you train and evolve the eponymous creatures by battling other players. Digimon evolve into stronger forms with special attacks, similar to Pokémon, but Digimon Masters battles are real-time, not turn based.
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Ni No Kuni II’s enchanting characters and rich worldbuilding get you in the mood for an epic adventure. It’s like stepping out of your house for the first time in Pokémon’s Pallet town - a whole world waiting to be explored.
Ni No Kuni II also sports creatures called Higgledies, which would fit perfectly into Pokémon’s next generation. Higgledies help your party during battles, can heal characters, attack enemies, and even shield the group with protective spells.
Ooblets is an indie adventure directly inspired by Pokémon. You plant seeds that blossom into baby ooblets, and after leveling them up, you can have adorable dance battles with fellow ooblet trainers.
Farming and dance training is just the beginning. You can explore strange lands, talk to friendly neighbours, and indulge in the relaxing routines of town life. Ooblets is set to release in 2019 so keep an eye out for updates.