There is actually a collection of Pokémon games on mobile now. It was a long time coming because Pokémon is one of the most popular gaming franchises out there. Each game plays a little differently. That means no two games offer the same experience. There aren’t many yet, but here are the best Pokémon games for Android!
Camp Pokémon is a cute little Pokémon game for kids. You traverse an island and play a bunch of mini-games. The mini-games are all rather simple, but still Pokémon related. Additionally, you catch Pokémon, track your progress through the game, and enjoy some truly colorful and fun graphics. There are also stickers to collect and some other fun game mechanics. It’s definitely not the deepest game on the list. However, its age range is between six and eight years old so we weren’t expecting a full game here. In any case, it’s completely free with no in-app purchases. There may be some small adverts, though.
Magikarp Jump is one of the newest Pokémon games on the list. It’s a simple little casual game. Your job is to train Magikarp. The goal is to make him flop higher than your opponent’s Magikarp. It may seem a little silly because it definitely is. You’ll have to feed it, train it, and put it through competitions to make it stronger. It features cameos from other Pokémon along with some customizations. Like Camp Pokémon, it’s definitely made for casual gamers.
Pokémon Duel is one of the newer Pokémon games on Android. It plays a little bit like a board game mixed with the traditional card game. You create a lineup of Pokémon and battle another player or AI opponent. You move your pieces across the board strategically and take out the opposing Pokémon. The extra strategy elements make the game a little different from other Pokémon games. However, you still get classic mechanics like elemental weaknesses and special moves for specific Pokémon. It’s a freemium game so do beware of that. Otherwise, it’s a decent little time killer for Pokémon fans.
Pokémon Go hit the world like a ton of bricks. It is without a doubt the most popular Pokémon game on mobile. There aren’t a lot of people who don’t know how this game works. You walk around in the real world, catch Pokémon, level them up, and then use them to battle gyms. The real world element also motivates you to leave the couch and go meet new people. There are various things to make the game more engage like in-game events. The fad has died down a lot. However, that just made more room for the real Pokémon Go fans. 2018 updates added things like trainer battles, Pokémon trading, and some additional new mechanics. The game also integrates directly with the Let’s Go, Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu games on Nintendo Switch for some cross-platform fun. It’s definitely not the same game you played back in 2016. It’s much better now.
Pokémon Playhouse is a kids game for Pokemon fans. The game includes a large playhouse with tons and tons of Pokémon. Children interact with the house, the Pokémon, and other in-game elements. The game has super simple controls, lots of colors and noise, and other elements that kids might like. It’s intended for younger kids from ages three to five. Thus, don’t expect anything complicated out of this Pokémon game. Camp Pokémon is another excellent Pokemon title for slightly older kids. Pokémon Playhouse is also free with no in-app purchases or advertisements.
Pokémon Quest is another newer Pokémon game from 2018. It’s also one of the few cross-platform Pokémon games. You can play on mobile or on Nintendo Switch. The Pokémon world is in cubes, but your goal remains mostly the same. You catch Pokémon, train them, and battle them. There is also a campground where players customize the space and make it their own. This is a full game unlike something such as Camp Pokémon or Pokémon Playhouse. Thus, we only recommend it for older kids and adults. There are a few bugs in the game play, but nothing overly serious. Admittedly, it’s not quite as fun as a main series Pokémon game.
Pokémon Shuffle Mobile was one of the first Pokémon games on mobile. It is essentially a classic match-three style game with some added combat mechanics. You have to match up a bunch of shapes in order to attack your foe. You get larger attacks if you match more than three shapes at once. It otherwise acts like any other Pokémon game. It’s a casual game. Thus, it’s not difficult to play and you’ll be grinding for new stuff often (or paying for it). That doesn’t make it bad or anything, just more friendly to a casual audience. It is not as deep as some other Pokémon games on this list.
Pokémon TCG Online is a mobile, freemium version of the popular trading card game. Players collect various Pokémon cards, build decks, and challenge other players. It works a lot like games such as Hearthstone or Clash Royale, but with Pokémon mechanics. It has online PvP, AI opponents for non-PvP play, various customization elements, and a lot more. It’s a freemium game like we said earlier. That means there is a pay-to-win element with this one. Otherwise, it’s quite a bit of fun. It competes favorably with Pokémon Duel as a slightly more serious, but still very casual Pokémon game.
There were a few Pokémon games on the Nintendo DS. They include Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black and White, and Black 2 and White 2. Many of those games are older, but still very fun and very traditional Pokémon games. We don’t recommend piracy, so please try to buy these games before attempting to emulate them on your Android devices. That said, DraStic is likely your best option for a functional Nintendo DS emulator. You can check out our full list of Nintendo DS emulators by clicking the button above. This is an excellent way to get some classic Pokémon games on your phone or tablet.
There are a bunch of Pokémon games for older game systems as well. Game Boy and Game Boy color saw the classic Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow along with Gold, Silver, and Crystal (Game Boy Color only). Game Boy Advance had Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald. Again, we do not condone piracy so do try to buy these games before emulating them on your phone or tablet. That said, we have a list of the best Game Boy emulators (including Color and Advance) at the button above. Check those out and find the one that works best for you. Between these, the DS ones, and the mobile games, you’re actually only missing a handful of Pokémon games on Switch and Nintendo 3DS. You otherwise have access to all of them.
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