Virtual Families is a true real-time life simulation game. Your little family continues to live and grow even when your computer is off or you are not playing. Check back often to care for them and see what surprises await you!
Click and Hold anywhere on the ground and drag the mouse to explore the house and yard.
To select a little person, simply click on one of them. When a person is selected, you see important information like their name, their status, and what they are doing. Click the ‘Detail’ button to see even more information about them.
This screen is where most of the action takes place. You can scroll around, pick up your little family members, and help them interact with their new home.
See a person's age, career level, and likes and dislikes. You can also check their health, happiness, and other important information on this screen.
This screen is where you shop for your family. Use the money gained from work to buy groceries, medications, and extras.
Here you can see the family tree, where the generations of parents, children, and grandchildren that have lived under your guidance can be viewed. Click on a person to add a note about them.
See the fun items your little family members spot and collect from all over the yard.
Here you can check your progress on a wide variety of achievements. Your trophies do not reset when you transition to future generations.
Praising & Scolding
In Virtual Families, you can praise or scold any behavior that you see your little people doing by using the gloves from the tool tray on the left.
To praise someone, grab the green glove and touch them with it while they are doing something you want to encourage. You will see a rainbow and some sparkles when praising is successful.
To scold someone, grab the red glove and touch them with it while they are doing something you want to discourage. You will see a red cloud, and your little friend will run away!
Your little family needs to be fed. Buy groceries and drag them from the tool tray onto the kitchen table. If they have enough food in the fridge, they will prepare a yummy meal! Make sure you try to buy a healthy variety of food.
Your little people need to work to provide for their needs and buy extras for the family. They will work in the kitchen, in the office, or in the workshop behind the house, depending on the type of job they have. Drag them to the appropriate station to encourage work.
From time to time your little ones will get sick, just like in real life. It’s up to you to make sure they receive the correct medicine for their illness.
Cleaning & Maintenance
The house will need to be cleaned and maintained. Over time dirt, wrappers, and weeds can appear. You can clean them up by dropping someone on them. You can make repairs and improve the house, too, but these things can be a bit more complicated. Remember, a tidy house is a happy house!
Growing Your Family
Drag an adult male onto an adult female or vice versa to encourage mating. If they want children and are ready to grow the family, they will decide to have some privacy. With any luck, your family will have a new addition soon!
Once in a while, your little family members will receive emails, and you will see a blinking email icon at the top right of your screen and on the computers. To read an incoming mail, just drop a little person on one of the computers. Sometimes your little friends will even send YOU an email.