Virtual Families is a casual family sim that runs in true real time. Adopt a little person from the thousands of choices of little people who live inside your iPhone. Encourage them to work in their chosen career to earn money for necessities and luxuries, help them choose a suitable mate, start and raise a family, let them kick back with a variety of leisure activities, and take care of and improve their home. Along the way, there will be many different random events to respond to, house malfunctions to repair, and mini-puzzles to solve, all of them adding an unexpected element to the daily routine. This is the same sensational game that became a smash Windows and Mac hit!

The game continues to progress in true real time, even when your iPhone is turned off, so don’t forget to check in regularly to care for your little people.

More about Virtual Families:

* Real-time game play, with new surprises every time you turn on the game!
* Fully trainable people: shape and adapt their personalities through praising and scolding!
* Marry for love; marry for money – the choice is yours.
* Raise children and enjoy them as they grow up and go off to college.
* Dynamic illness system. Play doctor!
* Solve hidden puzzles around the house.
* Improve the house and pass it to successive generations.
* Random Events: unique and unpredictable email and house events that bring everything from the tax man to free stuff!
* Collectibles: dozens of unique collectibles for your family to collect and sell.
* Trophies: over 100 trophies that can be earned for almost every area of game play.
* Weather ranging from sunny days to thunderstorms.

Recommended for people who enjoy Virtual Villagers and other life sims!

If you like Virtual Families Lite, try the full version, which supports a larger family, more shopping and home improvement choices, and more options for medical care, and is always 100% ad-free! Have families of up to 8 people living, working, and building a legacy of many generations, all in your iPhone!

Virtual Families Lite features:

* Unlimited game play and multi-generational support
* Shopping for food and other necessities
* Full access to collections
* Small, close-knit families

LDW games have been awarded with:

* Sim Game of the Year – Game Tunnel
* The Zeebys – Gamezebo
* Parents Choice Recommended Award
* iParenting Media Award

Check out our other hit games: the Virtual Villagers series, Virtual Town, and Fish Tycoon!

What's New

Version 1.2.2

Hello Virtual Families fans!

We've updated the award-winning, original Virtual Families to support the latest devices and iOS versions! With millions of downloads worldwide, we're happy to ensure you can continue to play your favorite apps on your new devices. Revisit the classic Virtual Families today, and build a multi-generational home for the tiny family that lives inside your pocket!

If you enjoy the Virtual Families series, don't forget to check out our other titles: Virtual Families 2, Virtual Villagers (all 5 chapters!), Fish Tycoon, and Virtual Town.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5

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3.2K Ratings

Good, but could be better


First, to Miagirl125, to put out the stove fire by opening the shed. To open the shed put one of your little people in the sandbox until the action reads: fixing the shed door. Then you wait as the little person walks over and fixes the shed door. When they are done with that,drag them over to the welcome mat and they will find the key to the shed. Then he or she will walk over and unlock it. Inside there are fire extinguishers. Drag them over there until the action reads:extinguishing the stove fire. Then wait as they walk over there and fix it.
TO HAVE KIDS: place the wife ontop of the husband or vice-versa. Then they will go to the bed in their room and dance around it until the baby is born. It does not always work. Unfortunately, you are only allowed to have one child in the lite version. Which leads to my complaint to the creators of this game.
COMPLAINT: we should be allowed to have as many children as we want. Other than that, this is a fantastic game and I hope my advice has been helpful. I hope none of the others players show malice for giving others answers to this game.

Not the best game...


I used to watch my mom play this and virtual families 2 on her iPad and phone and sometimes she even let me try it out. I enjoyed it but I don’t remember it being this boring. There’s not enough stuff to make it fun. First of all I can only have 1 kid and the kids room has 6 beds in it. What’s the point of having 6 children’s beds if you can only have 1 kid? I know that this is the lite version of the game but we should still be able to have more kids at least. In virtual families 2 you can hire maids and gardeners and on virtual families one you can’t. It would be much easier if we had a maid and gardener. Also, I think you should be able to have neighbors you can visit and new places. It would make things more interesting and fun. And I don’t plan on buying the original virtual families for $1.99 because I just don’t think it would be worth it without improvements. I think I will just stick with virtual families 2 because it is more fun and it has a nicer home and other things that this game does not.

Go Out


I think that the little people should go out, or like, have a little town in which they can explore, because just staying in that house can get irritating. And who does their job at home? Well, some people do, but mostly they do their job outside of home. And I think that the dating service is just bizarre. I think they should have a town with a shopping center, a few workplaces they could choose from, different houses they can live in, restaurants in which they can have dates, and a disco, which your little person can dance and meet the right people. I don't think it's right for the little people just to get MARRIED, like, all of a sudden. They should go on dates and get to know each other. This may be a long list of improvements, but I promise, it'll make the game WAY better!


LDW Software, LLC
153.5 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
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