A fly ascends to the skies, pondering the pointlessness of its brief existence. The Plan was developed as a side project by Krillbite Studio, who's currently finishing their main project Among the Sleep. "Hey, You Should Play This" - Patrick Klepek, Giantbomb "Some may argue that The Plan isn't really a game and it...
User reviews: Very Positive (13,918 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 10, 2013

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A fly ascends to the skies, pondering the pointlessness of its brief existence.
The Plan was developed as a side project by Krillbite Studio, who's currently finishing their main project Among the Sleep.

  • "Hey, You Should Play This"
    - Patrick Klepek, Giantbomb
  • "Some may argue that The Plan isn't really a game and it definitely occupies the same terrain as Journey, Passage, and Dear Esther, but it's shorter than Journey, prettier than Passage, and less overwrought than Dear Esther, making it well worth taking a punt on for the low price of free."
    - Jeffrey Matulef, Eurogamer
  • "It’s that space in the mechanics for thought and interpretation that I appreciate most here. The Plan won’t break your brain, but it’s a nicely contemplative journey."
    - Nathan Grayson, RockPaperShotgun
  • "In order, here are the emotions I experienced during the three minutes it took me to play The Plan, the new free morsel from the Norweigan indie developer Krillbite: confusion, frustration, boredom, fear, amusement, delight, joy, enchantment, and regret. One of the things independent games ask us to do is accept that a three-minute game can be as valid as a thirty-hour one. Games like these make it hard to disagree."
    - Joseph Bernstein, Buzzfeed
  • "Krillbite Studio, the developers behind Among The Sleep, have gone on and released a most polished, visually stunning and freeware new game"
    - Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Indiegames.com
  • "Krillbite's The Plan is a short, sharp experimental deliberation on the meaning of life."
    - Andy Chalk, The Escapist

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/Vista/8
    • Processor: Intel i3
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel integrated
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: Optimal with headphones
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/Vista/8
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Gefore 400 or up
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: Optimal with headphones
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Intel i3
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: Optimal with headphones
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mountain Lion
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Gefore 400 or up
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: Optimal with headphones
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Intel i3
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel integrated
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: Optimal with headphones
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Gefore 400 or up
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: Optimal with headphones
Helpful customer reviews
72 of 75 people (96%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
This is probably one of the shortest "games" on Steam; it lasts only 5 to 10 minutes, and then it's finished. Many would argue it's not a "game", since there is almost no gameplay. In The Plan you are a fly, a fly with a plan. She wants to fly higher than any fly has ever done before, so she starts on a journey of discovery. You can lead the fly a bit during her journey, but in the end she goes up and up and up, and that's it as far as playing this game is concerned.

But arguing if The Plan should be called a game or not, is besides the point. For me, it's like a small but polished piece of art. If large and great games like Middle Earth: Shadow or Mordor are the novels of games, then The Plan is an exquisite poem, maybe even as short as a Japanese Haiku. It's all about atmosphere, and about the gradual changes in atmosphere as the journey progresses. These shifts are made through the artwork, and also through the soundscape. In the beginning there's not much more than the sound of the fly up-close, but once she soars higher, the developers with a stroke of genius added a piece out of Edvard Griegs hauntingly beautiful music for Ibsens play Peer Gynt: "Aases Tod". The emotional effect of this sudden musical layer took me by surprise, and made a deep impact. There are even many more "layers" to be discovered, but just as in any good poem, these should be left to the player's imagination.

So, just get this one, and treat yourself on a special journey. It's free, so don't object ;-).

Overall score: 9/10
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71 of 75 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
The most emotional fly simulator I have ever played.
Warning: May cause an existential crisis and force the player to re-evaluate their life.
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
The gaming equivalent of Maya Angelou's "Caged Bird," The Plan is an evocative tale of hope and longing amidst oppression and despair. You will experience the struggle of a fly ascending for five minutes on a journey to freedom, while being oppressed by spiderwebs, falling leaves and gentle gusts of wind. Metaphorically subtle yet complex, and breathtakingly powerful—bring your handkerchiefs.
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50 of 69 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
A Better Love Story than Twilight.

- 10/10 IGN "It's Perfect"
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Wonderful. A prime example of video games as an artform.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This is definitely a relaxing little five minute "game" that is more like a piece of interactive art. I recommend it more as something to experience than as a game to "play," and I think people who enjoy relaxing games would be most likely to enjoy this. It's free, and it's an easy 100% achievement game for those who care about that, and I also personally found a bit of humor in it (you'll understand if you play through it until the end).

Very beautiful little piece of art. Recommended. :)
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
From now on, this epic story of a great hero will pass from generation to generation until the end of time.
After the end, i have to say that ' "The Plan" was brilliant".
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
First off I would like to make sure that all understand that like 9.03 M...this is not a game, but an experience. That being said I did really enjoy it! :) I took quite a few screenshots, as well. I found the graphics quite beautiful and very much enjoyed the short time spent to finish. Also there are a few surprises in store that I was not expecting...that in and of itself is worth the time. The main thing is that this does not cost you even one cent so I highly recommend everyone should try this out...since you can un-install when you are finished. ;)...One noteworthy statement...to get the achievement I did have to go to the forum...but however if you can figure it our for yourself it would of course be MUCH more rewarding! ;))...Don't wait...go try it today!!...Sla'inte!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
This experience is beautifully eerily short...

oh, and the game is too.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This game made me cry.
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Best Game Ever!!! Astonishing Story, Soundtrack that captivates your mind!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Gotta say I was pretty skeptical and wary of just how 'good' this experience would be, given how "amazing" other pretentious artsy indie games were. I mean; it's about a fly. But figured that for free and for something that was apparently so short it was worth a shot anyway. Even if I do have a bit of a bug phobia and actually wondered if I could handle 5 minutes of nothing but a fly.

Well... it's a good thing I didn't let any of that get to me. I wasn't prepared for just how impactful this game would become. First Aase's Death starts playing followed by an unexpected increased visual range and scope. The further you go the music builds and the visual journey becomes more epic until... the end. That's it. It's done in a flash. It gave me chills and made me tear up and then it was done and I just sat in silence for a moment as I pondered what I just experienced. It was so unexpectedly moving and really just plain unexpected in general. Such as life, which this 'game' portrays quite uniquely well in more ways than one.

Really... great things really can come in small packages. Even ones not at first visually appealing. See, this is what I meant about it being such a simple, yet eloquently conveyed metaphor on life. The Plan can be taken in any number of ways and can vary slightly in meaning and depth from person to person, making it more worthwhile to take five to ten minutes out of your day to play this little 'game' through once or twice respectively and see what you make of it.

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Easter egg: Click the credits at the start after beating the game. :D
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Soundtrack and atmosphere of this game are awesome.
Easy to get complete achievement. Just play it for 5 minutes.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
A short, yet beautiful experience. You play as a little fly on a journey, you don't know where to, but you still keep going on. Meanwhile the universe seems to be trying to stop you, but why?

It also has an amazing soundtrack and gorgeous graphics. Just remember that this game is like a fly, it doesn't last long.

P.S. You can also play as something else if you can't stand flies.

★★★★☆ | Liked it
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I initially downloaded this game bacuse it was said to be easy achievement grab- and it was. However there is so much more you could say about this game. I played this game for less than ten minutes and I got all misty eyed. This game punched my belief in the world in it's face. I questioned my own futile struggles. I questioned the universe. I questioned myself and our place in the world. People who are complaining about this game are expecting just that a game-- this is an experience.

10 outta 10 would have an existential crisis again.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
360.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
This game is the best game every. You understanding?

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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
How to be a fly for dummies.

Best Fly simulator ever 10/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
The best FPS i have ever played.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
The journey is all that is, the further you travel the more you realize you know nothing and the greater the yearning to understand why that is... then it ends.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
This isn't a video game. This is divine philosophy bestowed upon us. It has made me question. Who am I? Who are you? What purpose do we serve for ourselves in this reality we exist in? Is everything we perceive through our two pair of eyes merely only an illusion, and something greater exists outside the reality we perceive? Does anything really matter? This knowledge presented to us is impossible to fully comprehend, due to our minds being confined to the known dimensions and the laws of physics and the universe. We have only perceived the smallest pebble of knowledge from the cosmic mountain of knowledge.
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