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.
PeopleGames where you hold a life of person in your hands! Figuratively.
There are so many of these in Japan, they've been documented here.
- Alter Ego - 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.
- 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 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 Idol Singer, with competitive auditions against other players of the game.
- Long Live the Queen, which takes place in a Deadly 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.
- 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
- Tiny Tower
- 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 develop better soldiers, each assigned one or more weapons to master.
- 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.
- 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
- Tamagotchi, a low-tech version of this.
- Digimon World and several of its more recent sequels, based on the Spear Counterpart to Tamagotchi.