"Virtual Families" is a real-time computer game that allows players to adopt a character and guide the simulated human through everyday life decisions, such as getting married, having children and choosing a career. The adopted family gains trophies for achieving specific milestones throughout the game.
The player must intervene to take care of basic needs and help the virtual family solve important problems, such as curing an illness and repairing broken appliances. Players can also influence the family's behavior by scolding or praising them. The game runs on a realistic day-and-night cycle with automatic weather changes, and the family home is viewed from above, giving players an omniscient perspective.