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* [[http://www.webearthonline.com/ Web Earth Online]] - A multiplayer online game where you play as animals in a realistic environmental web based world of nature.




* In ''Diaries of a Spaceport Janitory'', you control an alien janitor, living from paycheck to paycheck on a ScienceFantasy world.

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* In ''Diaries of a Spaceport Janitory'', ''VideoGame/DiariesOfASpaceportJanitor'', you control an alien janitor, janitor living from paycheck to paycheck on a ScienceFantasy world.



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%%* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen''* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'' has you playing as a princess, Elodie, who has to prepare to ascend the throne of Nova on her fifteenth birthday, after the death of the nation's previous queen, her mother. Given the game's [[NintendoHard difficulty]], it can also reasonably be called a Death Simulation Game.


* ''VideoGame/{{Cattails}}'' is an in-development game where you play as a feral cat in a colony. It's designed by a ''Literature/WarriorCats'' fan and [[SpiritualAdaptation it shows]]. It also has influences from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' and ''VideoGame/StardewValley''.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Cattails}}'' is an in-development a game where you play as a feral cat in a colony. It's designed by a ''Literature/WarriorCats'' fan and [[SpiritualAdaptation it shows]]. It also has influences from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' and ''VideoGame/StardewValley''.



* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' is a console farming sim with heavy life sim and dating sim aspects.

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* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' is a console farming sim series, with heavy life sim and dating sim aspects.


* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' features a fictional example called ''Roy: A Life Well Lived''. It's a virtual reality UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame where the player assumes the role of Roy, a human male, and has to guide him through life from birth to death, with the players' decisions determining Roy's fate.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' features a fictional example called ''Roy: A Life Well Lived''. It's a virtual reality UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame where the player assumes the role of Roy, a human male, and has to guide him through life from birth to death, with the players' decisions determining Roy's fate.fate.
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%%* ''VideoGame/InstLife''


* ''VideoGame/DrunkOnNectar'' replicates the obscure lives of arthropods.

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* ''VideoGame/DrunkOnNectar'' replicates allows you to play through the obscure lives of arthropods.

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* ''VideoGame/DrunkOnNectar'' replicates the obscure lives of arthropods.


The human-themed sims are a LoveItOrHateIt deal, with a common question for non-fans being "Why play a game about stuff you can do in real life?", but they do have fans. Due to the fact these sims are similar to playing house or other childhood games (with ''VideoGame/TheSims'' outright being conceived as a virtual dollhouse for adults), they tend to have a large amount of female fans, child fans (even when they're [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids aimed at older audiences]]), and {{casual|VideoGame}} game fans.

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The human-themed sims are a LoveItOrHateIt divisive deal, with a common question for non-fans being "Why play a game about stuff you can do in real life?", but they do have fans. Due to the fact these sims are similar to playing house or other childhood games (with ''VideoGame/TheSims'' outright being conceived as a virtual dollhouse for adults), they tend to have a large amount of female fans, child fans (even when they're [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids aimed at older audiences]]), and {{casual|VideoGame}} game fans.

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* ''{{VideoGame/Saurian}}'' is a dinosaur-themed game set in the Hell Creek Formation of the Late Cretaceous, and involves playing as either ''Dakotaraptor'', ''Pachycephalosaurus'', ''Triceratops'', ''TyrannosaurusRex'', ''Anzu'', or ''Ankylosaurus''. [[note]]As of this writing, only ''Dakotaraptor'' is playable.[[/note]]


The human-themed sims are a LoveItOrHateIt deal, with a common question for non-fans being "Why play a game about stuff you can do in real life?", but they do have fans. Due to the fact these sims are similar to playing house or other childhood games (with ''VideoGame/TheSims'' outright being conceived as a virtual dollhouse for adults), they tend to have a large amount of female fans, child fans (even when they're [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids aimed at older audiences]]), and {{Casual Game|s}}r fans.

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The human-themed sims are a LoveItOrHateIt deal, with a common question for non-fans being "Why play a game about stuff you can do in real life?", but they do have fans. Due to the fact these sims are similar to playing house or other childhood games (with ''VideoGame/TheSims'' outright being conceived as a virtual dollhouse for adults), they tend to have a large amount of female fans, child fans (even when they're [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids aimed at older audiences]]), and {{Casual Game|s}}r {{casual|VideoGame}} game fans.


The human-themed sims are a LoveItOrHateIt deal, with a common question for non-fans being "Why play a game about stuff you can do in real life?", but they do have fans. Due to the fact these sims are similar to playing house or other childhood games (with ''VideoGame/TheSims'' outright being conceived as a virtual dollhouse for adults), they tend to have a large amount of female fans, child fans (even when they're [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids aimed at older audiences]]), and {{Casual Game}}r fans.

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The human-themed sims are a LoveItOrHateIt deal, with a common question for non-fans being "Why play a game about stuff you can do in real life?", but they do have fans. Due to the fact these sims are similar to playing house or other childhood games (with ''VideoGame/TheSims'' outright being conceived as a virtual dollhouse for adults), they tend to have a large amount of female fans, child fans (even when they're [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids aimed at older audiences]]), and {{Casual Game}}r Game|s}}r fans.

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A "life simulator" is a type of SimulationGame where you play as a human, animal, or other being. The goal can differ but overall the theme is to survive and go through life as that being. In most examples you are in direct control over the character, however in others you can simply loosely control their actions from afar. Simulation games are usually {{Endless Game}}s with no set ending besides maybe [[TheHeroDies death]].

There are mainly two types of life sims: the traditional human-centric life simulator and the animal simulator.

The human-themed sims are a LoveItOrHateIt deal, with a common question for non-fans being "Why play a game about stuff you can do in real life?", but they do have fans. Due to the fact these sims are similar to playing house or other childhood games (with ''VideoGame/TheSims'' outright being conceived as a virtual dollhouse for adults), they tend to have a large amount of female fans, child fans (even when they're [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids aimed at older audiences]]), and {{Casual Game}}r fans.

The second type, the animal sims, tend to be more common than life sims. The goal of most are to find food, avoid predators, and most likely breed. There's a tendency for animal sims to be made about carnivorous or omnivorous animals, likely because hunting makes for more engaging game play, however some can be based on herbivores as well.

Like most simulation games, most are exclusive to PC and mobile. A few, however, are ported to console or are outright console-exclusive.

SubTrope to SimulationGame. Compare to {{xenofiction}}, XenofictionalLiterature, and SliceOfLife. Also compare to ImmersiveSim, which is similar to the "human life sim" subgenre, but usually places its player-protagonists into much more extreme situations and gives them fantastic powers (whether magical or technological). There's a lot of overlap with the DatingSim and RaisingSim genres as well.

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%%* ''VideoGame/{{Academagia}}''
* ''VideoGame/AlterEgo'' is an early example from the 1980s. It's a text adventure game where you play a newborn going through life from child to senior. ''Alter Ego'' has a {{freeware}} online version that's dubiously still in development. There are notes to add extra features such as {{Gay Option}}s however [[{{vaporware}} nothing has come of that]].
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is one of the most popular examples and a rare example of a life sim that is exclusive to consoles. You are a TokenHuman [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy living amongst]] FunnyAnimal villagers. The series is more cartoony than most and doesn't [[NoHuggingNoKissing allow romancing anyone]]. You also cannot die or [[NotAllowedToGrowUp truly age]] (in-game birthdays exist but no one ages).
* ''VideoGame/{{Cattails}}'' is an in-development game where you play as a feral cat in a colony. It's designed by a ''Literature/WarriorCats'' fan and [[SpiritualAdaptation it shows]]. It also has influences from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' and ''VideoGame/StardewValley''.
%%* ''VideoGame/CielNosurge''
%%* ''VideoGame/CuteKnight''
%%* ''VideoGame/CuteKnightKingdom''
* The UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum game ''Deus Ex Machina'' is an early example from 1984. It charts the life of a person from conception to death.
* In ''Diaries of a Spaceport Janitory'', you control an alien janitor, living from paycheck to paycheck on a ScienceFantasy world.
* ''TabletopGame/GameOfLife'' is the UrExample. It's a tabletop board game where you must go through life from college to retirement. It has been adapted into several video games as well.
* ''VideoGame/GleanerHeights'' is a dark ''Harvest Moon'' inspired game with similar life sim and dating sim elements.
* ''VideoGame/{{Habbo}}'' is another LSG but targeted to teenagers in which the characters looked like were BuiltWithLEGO. ''Habbo'' allows users to chat with others, make friends, and participate in games and activities within a hotel-themed community (hotels). Players interact with each other with avatars called "Habbos".
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' is a console farming sim with heavy life sim and dating sim aspects.
* ''VideoGame/HometownStory'' is created by the creator of ''Harvest Moon'', who left the series because he didn't like the way the games were leaning towards dating sim instead of life sim. It's set in the same universe and has similar gameplay, albeit themed around stores instead of farms.
%%* ''VideoGame/ImagineMakeUpArtist''
* ''IMVU'' is very similar than ''Second Life'', but [[UpToEleven taken to the extreme]] in various things, especially the characters being HotterAndSexier than in ''SL'' and that furry is allowed thanks to ''[=FurAffinity=]'', a UsefulNotes/FurryFandom art gallery acquired by IMVU.
* ''VideoGame/TheIsle'' is an in-development game where you play as a relatively realistic dinosaur.
* ''VideoGame/JonesInTheFastLane'' is an 80s game that has a board game-like design similar to ''TabletopGame/TheGameOfLife''. The goal is to reach high levels of riches, happiness, education, or career.
%%* ''VideoGame/LaVida''
* ''VideoGame/LittleComputerPeople'' is the TropeMaker. It's a UsefulNotes/Commodore64 game where you watch over a little person in your computer. There's not much actual interactivity though.
%%* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen''
%%* ''VideoGame/LuckyRabbitReflex''
%%* ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary''
* ''VideoGame/MagiciansQuestMysteriousTimes'' is an ''Animal Crossing'' [[FollowTheLeader clone]] set in WizardingSchool. Unlike ''Animal Crossing'', you can date other students and [[HideYourLesbians befriend]] [[GayOption same-gender]] ones.
%%* ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker''
%%* ''VideoGame/RealLives''
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Redshirt}}''
* ''VideoGame/SecondLife'' is a 3D online game created as a MMORPG but without any objetives, being more as an {{expy}} of ''The Sims'' in which you controls your own character and give him/her a life inside the game, where even they can have [[CoitusEnsues sexual relationships]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Shelter}}'' is a short survival/adventure game played from the POV of a mother badger, struggling to feed her just-weaned offspring and shepherd them to safety across challenging terrain.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'':
** ''The Sims'' is the most well-known life sim and likely is the TropeCodifier. A spinoff of ''VideoGame/SimCity'', in ''The Sims'' you control one or more [[HumansByAnyOtherName Sims]]. The original ''VideoGame/TheSims1'' only had three life stages: Baby, Child, and Adult. ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' added Teenagers. Young Adults, and Elders, along with the ability for children to age.
** ''Videogame/TheSimsMedieval'' is a spinoff of ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' set in the Middle Ages.
** ''VideoGame/TheUrbz: Sims in the City'' is a console spinoff where you play as an Urb, which is just an urban Sim. There's no ability to have children or get married. The game focuses on storyline more than the main series.
** ''VideoGame/TheSimsFreeplay'' is a mobile version of ''The Sims''. It has many of the same features but uses a real-time strategy format, similar to ''VideoGame/FarmVille'''.
** ''VideoGame/MySims'' is a ''The Sims'' spinoff series that's [[FollowTheLeader closer]] to ''Animal Crossing'' and aimed at kids. It has a LighterAndSofter SuperDeformed style and more emphasis on story. There's also [[NoHuggingNoKissing no romance options]].
* ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' that has the same farming sim and life sim combo but with some things ''Harvest Moon'' doesn't have, like {{Gay Option}}s.
* ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'' is a UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS sequel to a [[NoExportForYou Japanese only]] UsefulNotes/NintendoDS game. You control various Mii's living on an island. Though it's cartoony, you can have kids.
* ''TYTO: ECOLOGY'' has the player taking care of various animals in biodomes.
* In ''Ultimate Bird Simulator'' you play as a bald eagle.
* In ''Ultimate Cat Simulator'' you play as a stray cat surviving on your own.
* ''Ultimate Wolf Simulator'' has you playing as a wolf in a forest.
* ''Ultimate Fox Simulator'' is a game where you play as a red fox in a forest. You can hunt, breed, and such as.
* In ''Untamed: Life of a Cougar'' you play as a cougar.
* ''VideoGame/VerdantSkies'' is inspired by ''Harvest Moon''. It takes place on a space colony on an alien planet. The goal is to farm, befriend other colonists, and make sure the colony is successful.
* ''Virtual Families'' is a mobile game series where you control a family.
* ''VideoGame/VirtualVillagers'' is a mobile life sim series where you try to help a group of people stuck on an island.
%%* ''VideoGame/WanderingWillows''
%%* ''VideoGame/WhatDidIDoToDeserveThisMyLord''
* ''VideoGame/{{Wolf}}'' is a [=DOS=] game where you control a wolf pack. There's also a sister game known as ''Lion'' where you control a lion pride.
* ''VideoGame/WolfQuest'' is a EdutainmentGame about wolves living in Yellowstone Park. It acts as a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Wolf''. The game started out as {{freeware}} however ''WolfQuest 2.7 '' and ''Wolfquest 3.0'' (the third episode DLC) aren't due to how expensive the game is. Many animal sims are [[FollowTheLeader based]] off of ''[=WolfQuest=]''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' features a fictional example called ''Roy: A Life Well Lived''. It's a virtual reality UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame where the player assumes the role of Roy, a human male, and has to guide him through life from birth to death, with the players' decisions determining Roy's fate.

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