Palworld took the world by storm after launching early access on January 19th. It peaked at over 2.1 million concurrent players on Steam, selling over 12 million copies on that platform alone and racking up at least another 7 million purchases via Xbox Game Pass. That means you’ve probably played it at this point, even if you’re not playing many other video games right now. Thankfully, the melting pot — or derivative, depending on who you ask — of the design Palworld making it a gateway game to some other amazing titles.
From other fascinating survival crafting titles to games in other genres that Palworld has drawn features and inspiration from, there’s plenty to try if you’re looking to branch out and play a few more games next time you take a break from Palworld. In particular, we recommend playing the following five titles to get a better idea of where Palworld’s inspiration came from and where it may go in the future.
whether Palworld has piqued your interest in survival crafting games and somehow you haven’t tried it Minecraft, you have to play the king of the genre. While it may not be the first survival crafting game, Minecraft is arguably the game that took the genre mainstream and cemented the fundamental building blocks. Thanks to years of updates, Minecraft it just feels intuitive to play at this point, yet it still contains so much hidden depth within its core mechanics. While it’s good to pay attention to the new hotness, sometimes you have to appreciate the classics.
Minecraft it’s available on almost any gaming system or device you want to play it on.
Crate: Survival Ascended
If you are looking for a survival crafting game that is more directly similar to Palworld in mechanics and design, then you’ll want to take a look Ark: Survival Ascended. Palworld it repeats many of its systems when it comes to creature progression and taming, though Ark it does this with dinosaurs instead of cute friends. Ark is a stronger game, so you’ll find it easier to get into after spending a few hours with it Palworld. Last year, it received a next-gen refresh titled Unreal Engine 5 Survival climbedso it looks even better than Palworld.
Crate: Survival Ascended is available now for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Pokemon Legends Arceus
Although Palworld has a reputation as a weapon Pokémon, in practice, its gameplay is quite different from any existing Pokémon game. If I had to pick a Pokémon game that was most similar to Palworldhowever, it would be Pokemon Legends: Arceus. Released in 2022, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is much different than other games in the series because it is more focused on immersing players in its open world as they observe and catch Pokemon without having to go into a separate battle. If you like Palworldbut have not yet entered a Pokémon game, Legends: Arceus it’s the one you’re likely to hang out with the most. From there, you can form your own consensus on how much Palworld it actually breaks from this long RPG series.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is available now exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Realm
The open world nature of Palworld, as well as its stamina bar and aircraft mechanic, pull from the design of Nintendo’s most recent Zelda games. If you want a simpler, single-player adventure, but completely liberated in the open world, then those games are worth checking out. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Realmin particular, it is a good choice for those who enjoy processing elements Palworld. Players can use features like Fuse and Ultrahand to create new weapons and build a variety of vehicles and other creations to solve puzzles or traverse the world. And if you’re going to get away with messing with Pals, wait until you start torturing the Koroks inside Tears of the Kingdom.
HOW Pokemon Legends Arceusis now available exclusively for Nintendo Switch.
Coming back to the survival crafting games, there are many other choices for it Palworld players to choose from, incl Lego Fortnite, Basedand upcoming titles like nightingale. But I want to highlight another survival crafting game that was launched in the shadow of Palworld which I actually think is better and deserves my attention. While it’s going pretty well, you might be missing out Wrapped up when you got caught in the Palworld hype and discourse because the first one came out right after Palworld. Although there are similarities between the two, Wrapped up stands out more with its fantasy world, quest lines, and intricate building system.
Also an early access title, Palworld players must give Wrapped up a shot and experience of how both games grow and thrive together. It is now available on PC.