I love the monster capture/training genre (cough cough Pokemon games), but its quite difficult to find such games on PC and even more so on Steam, please mention/link more games with this type of setup (hell it just needs monster capturing and using in battle to qualify really).

Created a SteamGroup to be able to manage this a bit better there as well :) https://steamcommunity.com/groups/MonsterTamingGames

I would also like to implement a steam tag for this type of game on steam, if enough people tag the games with the tag and we get the devs involved (I have spoken to a few that are very keen on doing this) then we can maybe make this a reality and through doing this make finding games of this sub-genre extremely easy :).

The main idea I got from communicating with the devs is to call the tag "Monster Taming" as this will encompass all the games that have anything to do with capturing, nurturing, raising, evolving and/or fighting with monsters, it's vague enough to encompass a lot of game thus making it more viable to be an actual tag. If anyone has a better idea please feel free to comment on my first comment in order to add it to a vote in the future, until then let's find some more games in this genre on Steam :).

So the main consensus was reached, let's all go ahead and tag the games with "Monster Taming" !!!

The following games I am aware of that share this "mechanic" PS TemTem looks bloody amazing

TemTem

Monster Crown

Monster Sanctuary

Robot Farm

World of Final Fantasy

Nights of Azure

Minimon

Digimon Masters Online

Ludoria

Ooblets

The Capture Worlds

Siralim

Siralim 2

Siralim 3

HEARTBEAT

Creatures Inc

ARK Survival Evolved

Conan Exiles

Volseons

Ghostlords

Soul Locus

ReLegend

Unleashed

Zanzarah

Norpon

Notemon

Disc Creatures

Xander the Monster Morpher Universe Breaker

Slime Rancher

Void Monsters Spring City Tales

Yonder the Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Geneforge 1

Geneforge 2

Geneforge 3

Geneforge 4

Geneforge 5

Final Fantasy 10-2

Final Fantasy 13-2

Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch Remastered

Tangledeep

Extravaganza Rising

Alchemic Cutie

PixArk

Timmy's adventures : Verbmon

Planet Centauri

Atrio The Dark Wind

Beastmancer

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition

Sonic Adventures DX

Sonic Adventures 2

Nexomon

PitPeople

Paper Sorcerer

Honorable Mentions (for games that have monster capture or training mechanics but it isn't what the game is built around)

Starbound

Octopath Traveler

Don't Starve

Don't Starve Together

Ragnarok Online

The Binding of Isaac

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Would you want a steam tag for Pokemonlike games to be implemented on Steam?

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Yes - Monster Taming
Maybe - Something other than Monster Taming
Meh - No tag :(

First :P please comment your ideas for a tag here

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Second :P please comment games that fit into this sub-genre but isn't on the list above yet

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Disgaea allows you to have your enemies as allies, but unsure the word taming fit

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It doesn't have a steam page yet but Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition is coming to steam on October 18.

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Oh yes fudging definitely gonna add that to the list when it comes, do we know for a fact it's coming to Steam though and that it isn't going to be a ... Epic exclusive :(

When Digimon Survive, Cyber Sleuth and it's sequel gets steam pages then I will definitely add them to the list as well :).

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A furry monster-catching game ... didn't expect that haha, added :)

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^^" ...Make me remembered I ran into this, lasts weeks : https://store.steampowered.com/app/1056490/The_World_is_Your_Weapon/

( And this time, I could admit it may be fully off-topic, unless if collecting Monsters & Townspeoples as litteraly "weapons smashing items" is included. )

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Haha completely off-topic yeah XD but seems like a cool idea

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I will say that after the bs of ooblets when they went to epic, I doubt they'll actually come to steam as their page would presume

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We can still hope, can't we :(

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I don't really want the game to come to steam. The devs really don't deserve the money from any potential steam sales after their attack on future customers. Unless the game goes perm f2p on steam, then I'd prefer it stays on epic. Its a cute game ruined by its devs pulling a notch

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I would add Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered. Doesn't have a store page on Steam yet but it should release on September 20.

Apparently the second game doesn't have this mechanic, maybe it would fit in the Honorable Mentions category. Haven't played it so I'm unsure. Ni no Kuni™ II: Revenant Kingdom. Seems like there's creatures called Higgledy which you can find through out the world and they can passively help you in battle.

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Yeah I've seen gameplay between the two games, it's a gameplay feature in the first game and not at all present in the second.

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Yes, it would be nice, because then you can identify and skip them easily when you see them. ;)

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Tags only work if they're used properly. I've had too many games that Steam has set to ignore when I search even though the game has little to do with the tag it filtered. This makes tags worthless.

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That's true, but if I see a tag for a game when Steam shows me their daily proposals, I can easily click on "Ignore".

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I wish Square Enix would release Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker on Steam much like the Final Fantasy 3 DS port. There's already interest on Steam for DQ games what with the Heroes titles and XI, as well as the new interest generally due to The Hero being added to Smash Ultimate.

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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker !!! It looks like a 3D version of Dragon Warrior Monsters, I need it !!!

Common Square, give it to us !!!!

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It's really solid, a little on the grindy side, but it has but online multiplayer and a sequel.

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If you like Joker, try Siralim 3. It scratches that itch plus other itches you didn't know you had. Incredible game, the whole series is really great.

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Monster Sanctuary
This game just became available on steam early access.

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That looks really nice... wishlisted... and gonna give away a copy somewhere... :P

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Awesome :)
I'm also going to most likely buy this today , there are coupons for 20% for this title if own The Escapists

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Holding off on it myself because backlog haha and not really too keen on early access titles but I do hope you enjoy it! It does look really pretty and fun.

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The fact that its early access is also holding me back though, I reeeeeeally want to get to it but at the same time I have other games to play and can get this at a later date :P, will see what happens.

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Yeah, I saw this, and can't help myself trying it. ^^' ( But, I assume : There is a playable demo of this game in the store page, and this one is solid enough to play, by now. )

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Self bump, decided to go with Monster Taming as the general consensus through the discussion is that this should be the applied tag along with a few devs also agreed with this, please do tag these games as Monster Taming so that we can easily get games like this in the future through the tag system :).

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Fine, thanks. :) I'll take note, then. ( Shall we use a generic "Pokemon-Like", in other languages, or translate it as it is ? )

By the way, I remembered Yonder, The Cloud Catcher, a kind of farming x Breath of the Wild game where you have to befriends with wild critters, by offering them enough foods until they follow, and may help you with some tasks. ( Yeah, it's a fully pacifist game... But I guess it may be considered ? )

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Yonder was on the list before but then people said it doesn't qualify? Can you verify that a person definitely tames the creatures and then they join you to some extent?

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(Oh, Ok, sorry, I didn't noticed it was once in the list... ^^' Then I wonder, why didn't it qualify, in the end ? Why Slime Rancher, and not this game ? )

Depend how you define the use and way of "taming", maybe ?
( If it implies only by "using force", then No ? - as explained, you can't fight nor harm anything in this game. But, if it may implies being friends, too, then Yes ? - as, you can offer foods & treats to wild animals, until they likes you enough to follow your character up to the nearer barn. )

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Screw it, the game qualifies then XD

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Sakura Dungeon

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Geneforge Saga added to the list :)

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re:legend ? looks like rune factory

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Here's 3 that aren't mentioned here yet.

Moekuri

SRPG where you end up capturing more units throughout the game to use in your party.

Final Fantasy X-2

The remaster is based on the International version which had a Creature Create mode where you lay traps across the game world to capture fiends, then you can feed them items to teach them skills and power them up. They can also be used in the party and you can completely ignore the main characters and have your party just be fiends but will be AI controlled. You don't have to use the system, but it is there and is very overpowered eventually. The fiends even have special stories for most of them, and you can get extra items by finishing them then releasing the fiend.

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Yet again, you can capture most of the monsters in game and use them in your party(though only one at a time). AI controlled monsters, player controlled main characters.

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AI controller monsters in FF 13-2 ??? Never heard of that. And daaaaamn FF X-2 had that ??? I must have never played far enough because I never knew about that mechanic.

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It was International version only before the remaster, so if you only ever played X-2 on PS2, then the option wasn't there. It's avbailable pretty early from what I remember, like first chapter even.

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Damn, can't remember what version I played but I don't recall that, granted I only made it to the area with the big lake ... ? I think that's the last cutscene I saw when I played the game back in the ooooold days XD haha

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I don't remember that either from X-2, but I think we both played the standard version and not the International version or the remaster.

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Bookmarking this discussion ^^
Don't Starve allows you to raise Beefalo although I've never managed to tame one myself. You also sort of tame the pig people by giving them food.

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Yay thank you for bookmarking.
Regarding Don't Starve: How do you raise the Beefalo? I played it a bit before and never did that so I just want to verify how exactly this is done, how do you tame them and raise them? Or is it simply you build a pen around them, feed them to pop babies out and then kill the offspring when they have grown up? Because then this doesn't qualify for the Monster Taming tag.

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You apparently gain obedience points with them by brushing and feeding them. It's very time consuming and you need to worry about feeding yourself, too. This wiki will show you how in detail. Honestly, I haven't been able to last more than 40 days in one playthrough myself. I managed to last through winter, but once summer comes the hounds with fire ability burn my campsite down resetting my progress (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

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Damn that's a pain in the ass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5tO3HZk5ro

I guess it qualifies as an honorable mention

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World of Final Fantasy?

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Already have it in the list, really fun game but gets boring after a few hours as the game is far too easy really...

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I know it's not steam but Pokemon is going to get some direct time today for Sword and Shield.

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Lol XD, hell if the Pokemon franchise was on steam then this discussion would have no purpose as we will all get our fill by playing Pokemon itself on Steam haha.

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Pokemon would definitely have its own launcher, I don't even think people would be mad. Imagine the microtransactions on PC though....

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Lol I HATE the idea of having more launchers on PC but the idea of a Nintendo launcher that contains Nintendo exclusives sounds damn awesome haha

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Updated, added FF10-2 and FF13-2

Final Fantasy 10-2
Final Fantasy 13-2

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch release date 17th September.

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Haha just saw the discussion stating this, added to the master list now !!! :P thanx

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Tangledeep added
Tangledeep

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Just stumbled upon this in the community train:
Extravaganza Rising

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So weird, the game itself isn't purchasable on my side ... only the DLC...? Very weird.

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Seems like it is not available in quite some regions, don't know why:
https://steamdb.info/app/501030/

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Damnit Extravaganza Rising !!! How are you XD haha.
Thank you for mentioning it anyways, I will add it to the list.
Hopefully, the game pops up in some bundle through which I can grab it :P.

PS I have a coupon for 20% off Monster Sanctuary, it expires in 9 days or so, let me know if your interested and I will give it to you, its a damn fun Monster Taming game.

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I wish you luck :D

Thanks for the offer, but I just started to tackle my backlog...and it is much too big. So I have enough time to wait for an offer that is really good or maybe even a steal :)

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Created a SteamGroup to be able to manage this a bit better, that being said I still intend on keeping this discussion open and updating it :)

https://steamcommunity.com/groups/MonsterTamingGames

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Added Beastmancer

Beastmancer

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