The 5 Best Pokemon Clones for Android

Don't feel like going out and playing Pokemon GO? These games are for you.

With Pokemon GO on mobile, Pokemon fans now have the ability to catch and battle the famous monsters on their phones and tablets. The catch is that you have to actually physically travel to locations to play the game, and that's problematic for some people – particularly those in rural areas with few PokeStops, the disabled, and perhaps even introverts. While Nintendo certainly could release a more traditional Pokemon game at some point, there are several good games with monster collecting and battling that you can play on Android.

Pocket Mortys Overworld
Adult Swim

If you're looking for something as close to Pokemon as possible, this is what you'll want. Adult Swim Games and Big Pixel Studios have very closely replicated the Pokemon formula, instead of putting it into the Rick and Morty world. The concept is that you're a Rick collecting and fighting Mortys from across the multiverse of the show – and the artists have gone all-in creating all sorts of goofy Morty variations that get ever more absurd. The whole thing is kind of cruel, but Pokemon is basically virtual cockfighting, so is it any different?

Really, the game itself isn't much different from Pokemon, and that's what makes it perhaps the top Pokemon game. It's very much based on the combat and feel of Pokemon games, just with more of a mobile-friendly structure with randomized levels and a gacha system to get new Mortys and items, along with a whole crafting system. But overall, it's the closest thing to a traditional Pokemon game that you can get on Android without emulating one of the classics. More »

Teeny Titans Screenshot
Screenshot of figure-battling game Teeny Titans for Android. Cartoon Network Studios

 Interestingly, a few months after Pocket Mortys, Cartoon Network decided to turn one of their series into a Pokemon-style game. Enlisting Grumpyface, who have done the fantastic Steven Universe: Attack the Light, Adventure Time Game Wizard, and Castle Doombad, this game has a very obvious Pokemon analog. But it uses a different battle system, using a real-time system where players have to charge up a meter to use various abilities. As well, players have and swap between 3 characters at will, bringing in a factor where an elemental advantage can be capitalized upon in a moment's notice. You buy figures and can occasionally earn them, with duplicate figures going toward upgrading figures if you so choose. The game is also full of the goofy self-referential humor that the Teen Titans cartoon has become known for. But even if you think the original series was much better – and the show has mocked you for it – this game stands on its own as a really fun monster battler with a lot to do. Also, it's a paid game without in-app purchases, something that might appeal to parents wanting a fun game for their kids, or for core gamers who have moral objections to in-app purchases. More »

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Screenshot of monster-battling game EvoCreo for Android. Ilmfinity

 This game has a cool origin – it was founded by a developer who decided he wanted a great Pokemon-style game for mobile, but was annoyed by various features in other games, and wanted to apply his own changes. So, he funded the game with Kickstarter and brought this game to life. One such change is to make certain moves rechargeable so that it's not possible for a certain character to blast off several overpowered moves in a row. As well, the addition of traits, abilities, and boons helps alter the strategy that you have to use in order to win. Otherwise, this hews quite close to the familiar classic Pokemon formula. Not that there's anything wrong with that. EvoCreo also comes with a solid list of features including cross-platform multiplayer and saving, so you can start the game on Android and play with a copy of the game on another platform, along with battling friends on other systems. More »

Screenshot of the monster building in MonsterCrafter. Naquatic

Sure, discovering new and exciting monsters to collect is fun, but what about creating monsters of your own? That's the hook of MonsterCrafter, where you can use a Minecraft-esque interface to build your own monster, with their build affecting their stats, but largely giving you the ability to create the fearsome monster or unassuming warrior of your choice to take into battle. The combat is a bit simplified compared to other Pokemon-style games, with one main attack and several special attacks that charge up over time. Still, if you want a bit more of a hands-on experience when it comes to raising and creating your monster, while still getting to partake in battles and even online multiplayer, this is your game. More »

Neo Monsters
Screenshot of Neo Monsters for Android. NTT Resonant, Inc.

 This monster battler is the third in a series of games published by NTT Resonant Inc., developed by ZigZaGame, which makes its first appearance on Android here. There's plenty of elements of free-to-play and social RPGs despite the $0.99 price up front. But as far as monster battlers go, there are cute and ferocious monsters to collect and battle, and a timed battle system that plays a lot differently than most Pokemon games. It's a solid title that I've had fun playing, and it's a good one to check out if you need a Pokemon-style game in your life. More »