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Top 11 Games Like “Palworld” Everyone Should Play

Games Like Palworld

Palworld has taken the world by storm, but it’s understandable if it’s not everyone’s jam. Lucky for you, though, there’s a large number of games out there to choose from that are almost exactly like it! In this article, we’re going to go through eleven of the best Palworld alternatives that you can play today and why I think you’ll love them. Without wasting any time, let’s get into it:

1. ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK is an amazing game, no matter which way you look at it, but coming from Palworld, it’ll be especially fun for you since it’s part of what inspired the Pokémon-like game in 2024. ARK: Survival Evolved is just as the title says – you’re surviving in a constantly evolving way in the unforgiving world this game puts you in.

The premise of the game, and the thing that’ll draw the greatest number of people to it, is the fact that you can not only defeat the prehistoric beasts and dinosaurs roaming the land but also tame them! Killing a dinosaur is cool, sure, but can you imagine riding into battle on one? Dinosaurs are the central theme of the setting here, with the gameplay revolving around survival, crafting, base building, and more.

Some people don’t like that Palworld is still a bit immature since it’s in its early days for now, and in contrast, ARK is a game that has stood the test of time and has been fleshed out with all the content you could ever want. If you’re looking for a Palworld alternative that has a dinosaur twist on things but doesn’t switch up the formula too much, ARK: Survival Evolved is a really good choice.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC.

2. Minecraft Legends

Minecraft itself is pretty similar to Palworld, but it’s Minecraft Legends that you really want to play if you’re looking for the most familiar version of the creature-spawning experience that has entranced everyone. Minecraft Legends puts an interesting spin on the classic formula that has made it so popular ever since its release in 2011.

The gameplay here, unlike the standard game, is PvP instead of PvE. This means that the multiplayer aspect is not just focused on; it’s made the entire core of the game. Initially, you’re going to do the usual scavenging that Minecraft is all about, and you’ll use the materials you find to build a fortress. Now, I say fortress because it really needs to be a fortress – one that can withstand the attacks that’ll be coming at it. The battles aren’t one way, though; you’ll also be attacking the other guys’ fortress, and that’s where the similarity to Palworld really comes in.

By spawning an army of critters that include the notorious golems, creepers, zombies, spiders, and of course, skeletons (and more), you’ll be raining hell on the enemy and hoping their base gives out before yours. This form of survival gameplay, coupled with teamwork, spawning little minions, and continuing to upgrade your base, is what the game is all about, which really makes for a ton of fun if you love the gameplay loop of Palworld.

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X.

3. Scrap Mechanic

There’s nothing like building an army of sla- I mean pals in Palworld that do everything you need them to while you get to focus on the more important things in life. And in-game, of course. If you loved that about Palworld, you’ll absolutely love Scrap Mechanic, a game where you also automate things as much as you can and go through the objectives as fast as possible.

Scrap Mechanic is, well, a mechanical game, so pals are replaced by machines and robot counterparts that do your bidding for you. Their success depends on your engineering though, so it’s important that you build them the right way – a lot like your pals had to be good at doing their specific tasks in Palworld, too. Visually, the game has a really soft, colorful aesthetic that resembles Palworld as closely as you could really want, but with a completely different gameplay core.

With a large open world, tons of variety to the gameplay, and a bunch of similarities to Palworld, Scrap Mechanic really is a great alternative despite not seeming like it on the surface (especially if you judge it by its name). Bring a couple of friends into the mix, and you’ll be hundreds of hours in before you even realize it!

Platforms: PC.

4. Valheim

Valheim is one of the best survival, exploration, crafting, and base-building games out there, and if that’s what you love about Palworld the most, you’ll love this too! It’s pretty different looking on the surface, especially with its Viking setting, but at its core, it’s got everything that makes Palworld as fun as it is.

The premise of Valheim is that you, along with a bunch of your friends, have to work together to do everything you can and get into Valhalla – heaven. Initially starting out with basically nothing, you’ll all go out scavenging for resources to build tools, gear, and homes and fight the basic enemies that are lurking around the woods. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’ll all venture out to fight the boss battles that stand between you and Valhalla!

Valheim’s survival-adventure experience is really second to none, supported by the ton of positive feedback the game received throughout its time in early access (kind of like Palworld). If you’re looking for a game that has crossed that phase of its development and has a ton of options for multiplayer PvE, this is the game for you.

Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One.

5. Cassette Beasts

For some fans of Palworld, the part where you catch creatures to make them your own is a non-negotiable feature, and for you, I have Cassette Beasts! Much like Palworld, the premise here is to get as many creatures as you can and, in proper Pokémon fashion, combine them with others to make the ultimate creature.

One thing I love about this game that really struck me right off the bat is its combination of retro art styles with modern UI and graphics – it’s just an amazing experience and always a treat for the eyes. Beyond that, you get gameplay that, while it’s local co-op only, can easily back up the visual strength of the game. Cassette Beast also takes you through a whole story, which is another plus of the game that some people might really like.

If you’ve been playing Palworld with a sibling or with a friend in a local co-op, Cassette Beasts is a no-brainer choice for your next game. It’s got the same creature-catching stuff, combining the creatures to make better ones and using them to progress through the story the way you want. In some ways, it’s even a lot better than Palworld, especially since it’s been out for a while now.

Platforms: Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC.

6. Temtem

Temtem is a game that goes all in on the MMO aspect of Palworld. Or rather, Palworld dials it back? I’m confused. The point is that Temtem is an extremely fun alternative to Palworld, and that’s for a number of reasons, not least of them being the fact that it also features creatures you can catch.

In Temtem, you get the experience of being a Pokémon duelist in both PvP and PvE settings, letting you get the best of both worlds whenever you want. With the MMO focus, you’ll be running into a lot of fellow Temtem enjoyers with whom you get to battle it out at great stakes, and the winner takes everything. One thing that’s apparent straight away in this game, like Palworld, is that it doesn’t shy away from taking the best of Pokémon games and making them even better.

If you’re looking for a somewhat competitive game that takes Pokémon catching, training, and battling to the next level, Temtem is one of the best alternatives to Palworld out there. There’s a lot of variety to the creatures you catch, and they all feel unique, meaning the thrill of catching the next elusive creature is always keeping you going!

Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, PC.

7. Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Perhaps the best alternative to Palworld really just is a Pokémon game, and as far as those go, Pokémon Legends: Arceus has to be the best one when compared directly to Palworld. This game has everything you love from Palworld and more, with a Pokémon game’s usual twist on things.

As the story goes in Pokémon, you throw a Poke ball to catch new Pokémon, hope they don’t escape, and they’re yours forever! A lot like the Pal Spheres from Palworld… but different, of course. One thing to note here is that while it’s an original Pokémon game and brings with it all the stuff you expect from such a game, it doesn’t quite have the same gameplay as Palworld – the latter definitely aimed for more ambition.

This means that where your Pals in Palworld are going to be mining, crafting, and doing all sorts of cool stuff for you, none of that will happen in Pokémon since it’s more about battling. So, your Pokémon will fight on your behalf, but if you loved the part of Palworld that lets you set your creatures to automated tasks, you’ll find this game wanting a bit. Still, as a fan of Palworld, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not at least trying a Pokémon game out, too!

Platforms: Nintendo Switch.

8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda games have long been cemented as one of the best RPG games ever to be released, and this is a fact that remains true with every new addition to the series. With Breath of the Wild, we saw what a modern version of Zelda truly has to offer – and it’s a lot.

At its core, The Legend of Zelda is still an RPG game with a story at heart, and that means that you won’t be spending any time catching creatures that mine things for you, among other things. However, Palworld puts a lot of emphasis on exploration and adventuring, and that’s one thing that you can almost never get enough of in Breath of the Wild! With a massive open world that’s full of random encounters that truly feel meaningful and unique, there’s an almost endless amount of possibilities to discover within it.

After playing Palworld, if you found yourself wishing for a bit more of a story-focused game like it, you’ll probably love The Legend of Zelda. Even similarities to Palworld aside, this is a once-in-a-decade kind of game that everyone has to try at least once, and coming from the creature-catching bonanza that has everyone hooked, Breath of the Wild will feel even more fun.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch.

9. Rust

Going all out on the exploration gameplay genre, we’ve got Rust! This game has been around for a while, and it’s been loved from the very beginning to the present for a number of reasons, mainly being the fact that it’s just a ton of fun to play with friends. Fear not if you’re a Solo Dolo, though; there’s plenty of content there for you, too.

Rust is about survival more than it is anything, at least initially. If you’ve got friends starting out with you, you’ll all be working on gathering materials, building a base, and going out exploring. Exploring for what, exactly? Well, other players! So you can raid them and take all their stuff. And also kill them in the process for good measure, like a good raider always should. Oh, and you might find that your own base was raided while you were gone, so that’s always a nice surprise.

Rust is a massive multiplayer game where the emphasis really is on surviving, gearing up, and fighting everyone that you can find, a lot like you would with your pals in Palworld. The experience of making your own base, fortifying it with all the ingenious traps you can think of, and going out to raid others who’ve done the same is what makes this game constantly varied and fun.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac.

10. Cult of the Lamb

Cult of the Lamb is another alternative for those of you who loved the part in Palworld where you simply caught the creatures, and they proceeded to do all of your work for you like the slaves they are! That sounds a bit grim, but that’s the gist of it, and that’s exactly what Cult of the Lamb is all about as well.

The gameplay here is about you being the leader of the cult (of the lamb), and it’s up to you to get new followers for your evil group. Or a good group? I think you get to decide. Anyways, once you’ve got some followers, you get them into your camp, and off they go to work! They’ll make everything in your base that you ask for, a lot like the pals in Palworld, except this game makes the process just a little bit simpler.

If you love games that have autonomous features like this and also love the way Palworld introduced micromanagement to this system in a whole new way, Cult of the Lamb is going to be perfect for you. Plus, the aesthetic of this whole game is just to die for – quite dissimilar to Palworld but amazing, nonetheless. Being a cult leader has never been this fabulous before, so hop on while you still have the chance!

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X.

11. Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 is another game that really took over the gaming space for a while there in 2023, and for good reason! Compared to Palworld, there’s a lot of new stuff to come to terms with here, but the thing you’ll love the most is the amount of depth you get with its character creation, customization, and recruiting new party members.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is a dungeons-and-dragons-based game where you create a party of four and adventure through its incredible story. You get to choose every little thing about your character – their appearance, their armor, their traits, their abilities, and more, which really makes the whole experience feel personalized. Filled with a ton of depth to the very core, Baldur’s Gate 3 also has the appeal of letting you explore your party members’ stories and backgrounds in great detail.

If you loved catching unique creatures in Palworld, you’ll love the way Baldur’s Gate lets you decide how exactly you want to create your adventuring party, too. There’s not much automation here, though – you’ll be controlling what and how your party members do things, but that’s fitting for the way this game goes. It also has co-op with friends, so if you’re looking for a story-based alternative to Palworld, you can’t go wrong with Baldur’s Gate 3.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and S, Mac OS.

And that’s all for this list of games like Palworld! Having come out less than two weeks ago at the time of writing, Palworld may be pretty new, but it follows a formula that a lot of other games have tried and succeeded in their own ways. With that said, which game are you going to go for next? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you there!

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