Pokémon never really went out of style, but the franchise has been on people’s minds thanks to the mobile phenomenon Pokémon Go and the recent release of Pokémon: Legends Arceus for Nintendo Switch.
The Pokémon series is essentially like any other turn-based RPG, such as Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, and Dragon Quest. You assemble your party, level them up, customize their abilities, and engage in random battles against enemies while exploring your world. The real draw of Pokémon has always been collecting tiny creatures that populate the world and battling them against one another.
With the upcoming launch of Pokémon: Scarlet and Violet later in 2022, you might be craving some more critter-catching action. Luckily, there are plenty of games that replicate the beloved Pokémon formula that will hold you over until the next entry.
Here are 10 games like Pokémon you need to play.