I've been trying to think of a game I should play casually recently, and a pokemon-like game feels like the perfect genre when I want to play a cute little RPG where I can just casually shut off my brain and do whatever the hell I want. So far I've got both Nexomon games and the one Digimon game on Steam, but the Nexomon games felt a tad bit toooo simple, while Digimon feels like a bigger time investment and not really the type of game I wanted to play casually.
So, any recommendations? (preferably on steam)

Aand since it is getting close to Lunar New Year on February 1st, why don't I do a little giveaway to celebrate it? It's one of those "the prequel and the sequel are well-known, but I have never heard about this game" type of games, but you know--one man's trash is another man's treasure! [LVL 5+]

A 'simple' bot check - remove all the numbers and rename the game title correctly with alphabets!

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Only game reminding me some such scheme coming to mi mind is Ark: Survival evolved. You can collect and capture dinos there and you live in open world. It is a bit weird game, I had problem to beat dino half death and then feed him drugs till he start love me. Maybe not best game reminding pokemons, but it was free.

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Hmm, I actually own Ark but I don't think it was a free game (although I think it was given away by Epic few years back?). Interesting, I didn't know that a part of the game is also about capture/creature collection. It does feel like a huge game though (from the download size at least lol) so I don't know if I want to invest in playing it now, but thank you for the recommendation regardless :)

3 months ago
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Probably was free on epic, not steam, you are right, I bought it really cheap back in times when I wasn't able even install it.
Not sure if it is capturing as pokemons, more like taming, so they follow you. I haven't really enjoyed it, it felt really repetetive to me, even herbivors were mad sometimes, I had nice house, suddenly triceratops switched into frenzy mode, completely ruined every block of my wooden house and broke all my limbs. So I went explore the world and without any warning I got attacked by huge venom snake. I had almost heart attack as I am scared of snakes. Since that I wasn't able play game in survival mode anymore. Even when I let it with perma 100% life mod, haven't enjoyed it, to me it felt overfilled by creatures, too many types at one place and spawning over and over when I tried clear them all away.

3 months ago
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Monster Sanctuary maybe? I played only the demo, but looked fun

3 months ago
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I played it quite a lot on Game Pass and it is great, highly recommended :)

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It really does look fun, thanks for the recommendation! I don't know how much metroidvania/platforming would there be in the game because I am kinda bad with those lol, but will definitely check it out.

3 months ago
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I liked it at the start, further on towards the end it was just frustrating more then entertaining me, personally...

3 months ago
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Coromon, although the release date is march 31st, you can play the demo and I think progress carried over to the full game.

Can also check the Monster capture/taming thread.

3 months ago
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Well damn by the time I looked up how to make a link, you already recommended it, made me laugh.

3 months ago
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Hahahaha thank you both for the recommendations though! I actually have Coromon wishlisted myself but I didn't know that demo progress is carried over. I've got to check it out then!

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Wasn't entirely sure, but found the post where it should be confirmed.

3 months ago
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Coromon looks pretty nice. Added to my wishlist.

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Thanx for the mention :)

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PS you can also follow or check out the curator, we mark the games depending on what type of monster taming they have in.
For capture and battling it would be labeled "Full monster taming experience"
https://store.steampowered.com/curator/35805717/

3 months ago
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Oh my god thank you for letting me know about the curator. I will make sure to check it out!

3 months ago
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You can check out Coromon, its coming out soon and you can play it on both mobile and pc so I assume its more on the casual side.

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If you like Final Fantasy there is this one.

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Thanks for the recommendation! I've actually also got this game under my eyes but I did not know how complex the game and its functions are since it is a "Final Fantasy" game.

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You're welcome. If you compare it to other FF games, this one is probably one of the easiest games. Though it is only recommended if you really into Final Fantasy because the characters in this game is from all of the mainline FF games, so it's the best if you played them all (or most of them) IMO.

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Damn, sounds like it needs me to sink in a lot of time to really get to it then lol, I am fairly interested in the series (I have both 10 and 15, and I guess 14 if that counts) but I don't think I have a passion for it. Maybe one day I'll get to go through most FF games and then play World of Final Fantasy. Who knows?

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Guess I sounded a little harsh. :P Gameplay-wise it's not necessarily know any other FF game and it has its own story however there will be references that you won't probably understand, though it does not affect the gameplay. Like little jokes or familiar mentions to prior games, characters or materials. You would still enjoy the game even if you don't know any other FF game before. Just for a complete package experience I think it's nice being a FF fan before playing this.

3 months ago
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Ahhh I see now, well that does make sense haha, I'll see about it then. Thank you for clearing things up!

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No problem. Have fun if/when you play it.

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There's also Temtem but I haven't played it myself.

3 months ago
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I've heard about Temtem! Although the last time when I read the reviews, it seems like a lot of players are getting false bans so I am slightly skeptical about getting the game lol...

3 months ago
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I've been wanting to play for a while, but I don't like how it won't go on sale. But maybe once it's fully out it'll start going on sale for the price it used to be, haha.

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Well, I've played the game for 25+ hours and had absolutely no problem.
The game is pretty close to completion in it's current state and it's really fun to play.

3 months ago
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It definitely does look fun to play, which is why I've had it in my wishlhist for quite a while! It is a tad bit disappointing that the price of the game only increased every few months and there aren't any sales, which--considering how I am kind of a 'stingy' person when it comes to buying video games--is also kind of putting me off haha
But thanks for reassuring about the state of the game! When it does get a lower price tag I will definitely buy and give it a try.

3 months ago
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Ni No Kuni seems appealing! I've heard of the game some time ago when I was learning Japanese because some people use it to make an "easy level" Japanese immersion. Never came to have it, but it has a Pokemon touch that seems really interesting (and probably a better than Pokemon experience in some aspects). If you get it, let me know how you liked! When it appears here as a giveway I'll try to catch one myself xD

(Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv-bYxO5n4A
Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAomMHnwIY8
Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/798460/Ni_no_Kuni_Wrath_of_the_White_Witch_Remastered/)

3 months ago
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Ni No Kuni! I have both games in my wishlists actually hahaha, although they do seem to be less pure casual-play and more of a story-driven Pokemon-esque JRPG. I do appreciate the recommendations though, you've reminded me that I still have both of those games in my wishlist hahaha, will definitely pick them up in a sale! Hahaha I'll let you know when I get it, but I'm sure it will be without a doubt a good game :p

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I second that recommendation. The sequel is different in gameplay but the first one is as someone mentioned in another discussion: Pokemon mixed with Tales of :)

3 months ago
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Oh damn, Pokemon mixed with Tales sounds quite interesting. Both games are definitely high up in my wishlist, but since I've still got quite the backlog to clear up (I know, I HAVE games to play, but I just don't feel like playing them hahaha) I probably won't get it from the Lunar New Year sale. Cheers regardless though!

3 months ago
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I think what you need in your life is:

Nexomon: Extinction
Monster Sanctuary
Siralim Ultimate
Monster Crown

3 months ago
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I do own both Nexomon and Nexomon Extinction, but so far I kinda find both games a bit... simple (maybe not Extinction) and a bit too 'childish' for my liking, but they are definitely great for casual gaming. Monster Crown definitely looks interesting though, thank you for your recommendations!

3 months ago
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i see a game name "PAL World",but not know much about it but look much pokkkkyymochhhhy,you check trailer by yourself if can find

3 months ago
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Thanks for the recommendations! Disc Creatures looks like a really interesting piece of retro pokemon-type game, will have to give it a try sooner or later.

3 months ago
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bump!

3 months ago
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Oh wow thanks for the recommendations! Cassette Beasts really looks like it will be a fun casual game to play, although the only downside is that it has not been released yet hahaha

3 months ago
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Yeah, it wont be released for a while, hahah. Hope you'll enjoy it later! :)

3 months ago
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FYI you don't need to put in a correct game title in the URL, you can even leave it empty and it will redirect. The start of the url, 5-char code and the final slash are the only things that are needed to open a giveaway url

As for the games, I really don't play anything like that so I can't recommend anything, sorry.

Aaaaaand thanks for the giveaway ^_^

3 months ago
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Ohhh I did not realize that until now lmaoo, thanks for the heads up! I will keep that in mind for future GAs then hahaha. And you are welcome :P

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I've played a bit of Monster Hunter Stories 2 and, while quite pricey (ok, very pricey) it's honestly a great experience. Don't get mislead by the title, the story is as simple and straightforward just like a Pokรฉmon game. The combat, while more simple than the Nintendo counterpart, can be much more challenging and rewarding, but it does require a lot of memorization (I still somehow remember like 20 monster's weaknesses and attack patterns. Don't ask). Only downside (besides the price. Yeah, I brought it up again) is the lack of post game content. Well, actually... there is post game content. A lot of, as a matter of fact. But it requires SO MUCH grind to get ready for... I just got bored before completing it!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1277400/Monster_Hunter_Stories_2_Wings_of_Ruin/

3 months ago
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Oh really! I've been looking at it before it released last year, but just from the looks of it it felt ehh? But obviously I have not played the game, let alone watching let's plays on it so my impression could very well be wrong lol. It is also very pricy as you've said hahaha so I might have to let it 'cool down' for a while and wait for a bigger sale ;) Thank you for the recommendation!

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I've played it on Switch from my local library and love it so much, haha. There is a lot of stuff you can dive deep into and grind for, but it's not necessary for most of the content.

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Well, not exactly monster capturing, but I really enjoyed the persona collecting aspect of Persona 4, which is slightly reminiscent of collecting and breeding monsters. I enjoyed it so much on PS2 that I have it on my wishlist on Steam for a replay.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1113000/Persona_4_Golden/

3 months ago
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I do have a few hours down in P4G actually, and I get what you mean with the personas; although to be completely honest with you, the thought of the main character's 'signature persona' can be easily combined or swapped out is a bit bothering to me because it just felt kinda weird lol
Also something that I both like and dislike is the calendar system. Whenever I try to play the game, I feel like even though the timing is rather generous, I am still being forced/in a hurry to do as many things as I can or I should before the time runs out for me, which I don't really like especially for casual gaming. Thank you for the suggestion regardless though!

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Pro tip. Changing game name in the link does nothing. You can copy giveaways code from url, paste it to another link and it works with no issues.

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Have you looked at Temtem?

Temtem

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of which I have seen I recommend the game Temtem
and what I've played a little about is the Monster Sanctuary
you could also take a look at Monster Crown

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Don't have any recommendations, but I can help with a BUMP.

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This is not on steam of course, but there is a very good pokemon fan game called Pokemon Insurgence, the story is pretty good it doesnt exactly follow the standard structure from the official games and there are many changes.
https://p-insurgence.com

Finally there is an unoficial pokemon mmo
https://pokemmo.eu

3 months ago
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Oh wow! Thank you for letting me know about this game, it looks pretty cool! Will have to give it a try.

3 months ago
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Thanks for the GA... I don't have a suggestion for your genre, but recently I have wanted a similar game that I could just chill and play and I ended up putting retroarch on my phone and playing Dragon Warrior/Dragon Quest. ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰

3 months ago
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Hahaha, well I mean there are two Dragon Quest games on Steam currently although those definitely feel more like a time investment. I am not reaally a fan of console or even handheld gaming unfortunately, and old retro games aren't really my style, but regardless, thanks for your recommendations!

3 months ago
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Monster Sanctuary is the 1st game that comes to mind.

3 months ago
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I've long since lost the ability to play any creature catching game casually (and it's bled into other games I play DX) I always gotta make lists and spreadsheets on anything, as though forgetting every minute detail was to my detriment...

That's not to say it isn't fun to organize stuff in tables and checkmarks, but yeah XD I'll be curious to know what you picked in the end for your casual enjoyment though!

3 months ago
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Man I know exactly how you feel hahaha, I also really love to make spreadsheets when there are games with mechanics I need to 'memorize' or organize, but then I do it too much and it became a chore lol
This is actually why I am asking for a much more casual game where I can just play without thinking too much, so I won't have to force myself to organize shit together xD

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Here's hoping you get all the casualness you need! I'm certainly keeping an eye out to see if anything floats my goat. XD

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