Raising Sims consist of applying schedules for a game to process, which in turn affects characters in the game, who then develop 'on their own' without constant user interference. In this case the character can be a city or population, where it's often referred to as a "God Game". ''Populous'' is remembered fondly by this term.

Other times the target being raised is a single character such as a pet or monster. The player determines what actions are relevant for building what stats, with multiple potential end products, often to be pitted against players.

Occasionally it's a human being being raised to adulthood to be a good adult -- or for other [[DatingSim sketchy purposes]] -- and the endings are concerned with [[MultipleEndings multiple variations of futures]].

A subgenre of SimulationGame. Compare to {{Mons}}, where raising sim and RPGElements are combined, usually with the raising sim element taking a back seat.

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!!People
Games where you hold a live of person in your hands! Figuratively.
* ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' Chii Dake no Hito. Based on the anime you can take time to raise Chii, see gameplay [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpSm4qpoqsY here.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'', a Japan exclusive arcade and Xbox game, is a massively multiplayer online raising sim that has players guide the career of their chosen IdolSinger, with competitive auditions against other players of the game.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster2 THE iDOLM@STER 2]]''
** Similarly, the fan-game [[http://playthisthing.com/idolcraft Idolcraft]] puts you in charge of raising up to six girls to be idols.
* ''IkariShinjiRaisingProject'', ''Raising Ayanami'' (child version) -- Gainax milking ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' for everything they can.
* ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker'' (child version)
* ''VideoGame/CuteKnight'' and ''VideoGame/CuteKnightKingdom'' are clear {{Spiritual Successor}}s to Princess Maker, although the focal character is slightly older and the player is no longer explicitly acting as a parent, but more as the girl herself.
* Same for ''Spirited Heart''
* Kongregate has My Pet Protector [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/undefined/my-pet-protector 1]] and [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/undefined/my-pet-protector-2 2]] (raising a young man) and [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/HJECobra/project-princess Project Princess]] (putting the player in the parental role)
* Games where the player is in the role of a woman raising at least one young man:
** ''Angel Profile'' (Japanese)
** ''Dear My Sun!!'' (Japanese)
** ''Prince Maker - Braveness''
* ''RealLives''
* ''VideoGame/TheSims''
* ''VideoGame/TheSims2''
* ''VideoGame/TheSims3''
* ''Sotsugyou'' (''Graduation'')
* ''VideoGame/TinyTower''
* ''VideoGame/WonderProjectJ'' (robot/child version)
* ''Star Dream'' is about raising idols - the second game gets positively meta with this, as the main character (who is working towards super-stardom himself) can meet the protagonist of the original series and become ''her'' manager.
* ''AMindForeverVoyaging'' (an InteractiveFiction game) does not feature this as gameplay, but as a plot element. The player controls an artificial intelligence who has been raised as a simulated human being.
* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'', which takes place in a DeadlyDecadentCourt that ''will'' kill your character if you screw up ([[TrialAndErrorGameplay which will happen often]]).
* ''VideoGame/AlterEgo'' - It takes your character from infancy to old-age, has a focus on making smart decisions and getting the most out of life.

!!Places
Games where the individual people are de-emphasized, and you instead raise communities of people, generally by changing the environment they live in.
* ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'' and its sequel (pet version as well as population version)
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' (with a fortress full of alcoholic midgets)
** The military fit the definition for 'people' as well, using standing monthly orders to develop better soldiers, each assigned one or more weapons to master.
* ''VideoGame/{{Godus}}''
* ''VideoGame/MillenniaAlteredDestinies''
* ''VideoGame/{{Populous}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Reus}}''
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'' (with cities)
** ''VideoGame/SimCity2013''
* ''VideoGame/SimTower''
* ''VideoGame/TheLastFederation'': With the the entire solar system... and five species in it.
* ''Tiny Tower''

!!Pets
Games where you raise non-human creatures. Often {{Mons}}.
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* ''Puppy Love'', the UrExample game on the CommodoreAmiga.
* [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/ambitiousk/can-your-pet Can Your Pet?]] - A DarkerAndEdgier, [[{{Parody}} parodic]] take on the genre.
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* The Chao Gardens from ''VideoGame/SonicPinballParty'' and ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''.
* ''{{Creatures}}'' and sequels have the player breed cute little creatures (Norns) with whom they can interact. Each creature has a unique genetic makeup that affects its behavior and development.
* A Chocobo Raising mini-game is present in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''.
* ''VideoGame/MewGenics!'' features you raising cats, and your actions and behavior -- as well as those of the cats themselves -- have meaningful consequences.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher''
* ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFriendshipGardens''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nintendogs}}''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Petz}}'' games mostly simulate real creatures.
* ''Pocket Frogs''
* VideoGame/{{Seaman}}
* ''{{Spore}} Creature Keeper''.
* VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}}, a low-tech version of this.
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