A big improvement on the first
I've been a fan of the first Virtual Families game for a while, and although I've enjoyed playing it I always wished there was more customization. The second game certainly delivers on this. You start off the game in a house with only a few usable rooms and over the generations you have to restore it and fill it up with different items and accessories. The house has more rooms than in the first game, and there are considerably more items to purchase. Some of the stuff can't be bought until a number of generations have lived in the house, and the price of items varies with some things costing a lot of money.
The game is admittedly a bit slow to get going. You don't start with much money and it takes time to make it. It's best not to splurge on little bits and pieces but rather buy a few essential things like a bed, and a tv for some entertainment, then leave things for a few days until your money builds up.
Overall the game looks much better than the first, there is far more detail in the characters and the house. There are also more customization options with different furniture and accessories. Random in-game events like mail from the tax department and orphans showing up on your door help to keep things interesting. Definitely not a fast paced game, nor as involved as the most popular life sim on the market, but if you're a fan of similar games you'll probably enjoy this one. A fun game and more than worth the asking price.