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.
A subgenre of Simulation Game and Life Simulation Game. Compare to Mons, where raising sim and RPG Elements are combined, usually with the raising sim element taking a back seat. Related to Farm Life Sim and Breeding Sim.
PeopleGames where you hold a person's life in your hands! Figuratively.
There are so many of these in Japan, they've been documented here.
- Alter Ego (1986) - It takes your character from infancy to old-age, has a focus on making smart decisions and getting the most out of life.
- Angel Profile (Japanese)
- Chobits Chii Dake no Hito. Based on the anime you can take time to raise Chii, see gameplay here.
- Ciel Fledge: A Daughter Raising Simulator is a game about raising an adopted daughter in a future world that still has hope.
- Cute Knight is a clear Spiritual Successor 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.
- CV: Casting Voice
- Dear My Sun!! (Japanese)
- The Idolmaster, a Japan-exclusive arcade and Xbox game, is a massively multiplayer online raising sim that has players guide the career of their chosen Idol Singer, with competitive auditions against other players of the game.
- Kosodate Quiz My Angel, an unusual child-raising game series played with answering the questions given by the daughter and/or son in a form of quizzes.
- Long Live the Queen, which takes place in a Decadent Court that will kill your character if you screw up (which will happen often).
- A Mind Forever Voyaging (an Interactive Fiction 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.
- Minotaur Hotel: Although the person you "raise" isn't a child, you do decide what he wears and what he does during the day and you do see him "grow up".
- My Child Lebensborn has the Player Character raise an adopted Lebensborn child, who is either the son or daughter of a Nazi Germany soldier and a Norwegian woman, as a means of depicting the circumstances in which many such children grew up.
- My Lovely Daughter is a fairly dark variant, as the protagonist raises homonculi in order to later sacrifice them and bring his actual daughter back to life.
- My Pet Protector 1 and 2 (raising a young man) and Project Princess (putting the player in the parental role).
- The My Virtual X games created by Satire Games.
- Prince Maker - Braveness
- Princess Maker (child version)
- Real Lives
- Shinji Ikari Raising Project, Raising Ayanami (child version) — Gainax milking Neon Genesis Evangelion for everything they can.
- The Sims
- Slavemaker is a Flash game where, well, you train a girl to become a proper slave.
- Sotsugyou (Graduation)
- Spirited Heart
- 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.
- Summer Lesson
- Teaching Feeling about raising an slave girl.
- Tokimeki Memorial and Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side
- Trillion: God of Destruction has you raise an overlord to try and defeat the eponymous Big Bad of the game. Keyword is "try".
- Wonder Project J (robot/child version)
PlacesGames where the individual people are de-emphasized, and you instead raise communities of people, generally by changing the environment they live in.
- Black & White and its sequel (pet version as well as population version)
- Dwarf Fortress, with a fortress full of alcoholic midgets. The military fit the definition for 'people' as well, using standing monthly orders to schedule training, patrolling routes, taking downtime to do their civilian jobs, and more.
- The Last Federation: With the the entire solar system... and five species in it.
- Millennia: Altered Destinies
- SimCity (with cities)
- Tiny Tower
PetsGames where you raise non-human creatures. Often Mons. See Virtual Pet for more.
- Puppy Love, the Ur-Example game on the CommodoreAmiga.
- Can Your Pet?? - A Darker and Edgier, Parodic take on the genre.
- Cap'n Crunch had a PC game called Cap'n Crunch's Crunchling Adventure, where the player raised a Crunchling to be strong enough to defeat the Crunchium Thief.
- The Chao Gardens from Sonic Pinball Party and Sonic Adventure.
- 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 Final Fantasy XI.
- Mew-Genics! features you raising cats, and your actions and behavior — as well as those of the cats themselves — have meaningful consequences.
- Monster Rancher
- Little Friends: Dogs & Cats
- My Little Pony: Friendship Gardens.
- The Petz games mostly simulate real creatures.
- Pet Zombies raise your own pet undead
- Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, in which you train a Magikarp to jump very high.
- PS Vita Pets
- Pocket Frogs
- River King
- Survive! Mola mola!
- Tamagotchi, a low-tech version of this.
- Digimon World and several of its more recent sequels, based on the Spear Counterpart to Tamagotchi.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Capsule Breed and Battle, a Capsule Monster raising sim where you train them for tournaments.