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
3.5K Ratings

3.5K Ratings

Tell me what you wish ,

Answers to problems

Things I Can Answer:
Ok, to fix a leaky sink(any sink) you have to pick up your person, drag he or she over to the shed, and drop them over the wrench on the top of the shelf. For the clogged shower, drag your person over to the bucket with supplies in it in the laundry room and they will do the rest. For an oven fire, drag your person over to the shed to the fire extinguisher. If you don't quite know where the fire extinguisher is it will say what he or she is looking at right above where it says their action. If you haven't opened the shed you go over to the sand box and there shield be a black knob little thing witch you should drag your person onto it. It will put the door knob on the shed. Then you go to the back porch mat. You may not see it but it's there. On the mat is a key that will unlock the shed and you'll be free yo get the fire extinguisher or water the plants. With the clogged toilet, you do the same thing to fix it as you did with the sinks. Hope this makes it easier!Great game by the way!! But because of the part where you drag the male onto the female (or vise versa) I do not recommend it for younger kids. For older kids, yes, only if your guardian(s) approved.

My Questions:
- How do you fix the bird bath?
- How do you fix the hose?
Have Fun Playing!!!

horribal app ,

Disappointed 🙇🏼‍♀️

First of all, there are 7 beds but your only allowed to have one kid! Why not just put 2 beds 1 for the mom and dad and another one for a kid there is really no point in having that many bed but whatever 🙄🙇🏼‍♀️ also the kid grows up to fast the time in this game is real Time but some how in the middle of the the night they grow up I have only had this game for 3 days and my kid is already 18 years old 🤦🏼‍♀️ I feel as though they should make it longer to grow up but oh well 🙄 Another thing I can complain about it that when this is a leak in the sink or something they can’t fix it, they can fix a broken button but they can’t fix a sink? Also in the making of a kid it kinda gets inappropriate for kids view, they lay flower petals on the bed, get on the bed and start “dancing” and then they celebrate the baby’s birth (obviously) and well the baby is only a few weeks/days old the mom is super unproductive and then the whole family is exhausted and then they sleep for soooo long and you can’t really do anything until they wake up

UrkUm ,

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.


LDW Software, LLC
153.5 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes


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