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 (13,455 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

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    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
55 of 57 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, 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 beautiful music for Ibsens play Peer Gynt: "Aases Tod". The emotional effect of this music 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Wonderful. A prime example of video games as an artform.
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10 of 14 people (71%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
A free "art videogame" (think of it as a much simpler version of Dear Esther) where you play as a fly and travel the sky until its inevitable death.
The controls are simple: arrows to move, that's it. No environment interaction besides a spider web and a few leaves.
Still, the game is not bad as the theme is wide open to diverse interpretations: existentialism, curiosity, nature of lifeforms...
You can finish the game in 5~7 minutes and when you beat it you unlock Navi from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as a playable character (click the credits on the main menu) which flies at twice the speed of the regular fly.
The best part of the game is the soundtrack, just one song but a good one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTu-AYNHVd0
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I became fly Jesus and sacrified myself to a light bulb so that all flies may be redeemed.
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3 of 3 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Fly Simulator 2014? No. This is Life Simulator 20∞

This is no game ladies and gentlemen. This. Is. Art. In it's purest form. Mozart and Beethoven got together sometime in their lives and created this game. I'm willing to bet a dollar that happened. Let me explain how magnificent this game exactly is.

You start off as a fly, an ugly, dainted, and stupid fly who has no purpose in life. You start going up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. Then SUDDENLY you get caught by a spider web. But at this point in the game you realize how far you have come in the game, and you slowly start to realize how far you have come in your real life. And you realize in no way in fly-hell are you going to give up. Then you continue going up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. And up. Until the ugly dainted fly has now broken the atmosphere and is now in space. Or heaven. Honestly thought I might have been in heaven for one second.

At this point in my journey i'm having epiphanies left and right. Think I even had a seizure from the amount of ephiphanies. It was like feeling the emotions of riding a roller coaster for the first time, getting an A on your English exam, getting an F on the other English Exam, getting engaged, breaking off the engagement, having a one night stand, getting engaged again, getting married, losing your virginity, having your first child, holding your first child, getting shot, and dying all packed into one moment of peaceful bliss. I have never in my life felt so amazed at how a game could make me remininsce on the entirety of my life.

Then it happened.
I flew straight into a light bulb. And died.

This is a metaphor for your life.
11/10 the most perfect game of all time
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
You, this is all about you, represented as a Fly, you start your way slowly and quiet, step by step, but problems will affect you, but, you always advance your way until the final, the inevitable death. what maybe can make you ponder some existential questions, like Why?

The game is short and you can finish it in around 5 minutes, the music is sublime, the artistic part is really quiet and comfortable, so relaxing, and it's free, short but intense experience. you should really play, at least once to this game, really impressive.

8/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
you hold w and sometimes d
10/10 2deep4u
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
An amazing game, by far one of my favorite games. I wish they put more into this though. :P
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
nice :)
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Epic²
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This game is a funny little game for someone that really thinks. This game tells the tale of a sucidal fly flying up and up the highlight for me was an acheivment called "Hey Listen, Hey Listen!" where the fly's sprite turns into the fairy from "Legend of Zeda" known as Navi. The controls are great you use "W, A, S, and D to fly as the Fly of Navi and the map becomes bigger as you progress through the game. The biggest part of the game for me is the classic music and the outstanding graphics. Krillbite Studios have really shown what they can do further proven by there newer release "Among the Sleep". The game is increadibly short clocking in for me at 4 minutes to 100% it, however this game doesn't need anymore lenth because the sheer subtlness is enough to make you think. "The Plan" has been put under the same category as "Dear Ester" and "Juorney", and it can fall under the same category. This game has low replay value, but can be a fun little playthrough if you are bored and want to think.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I'm not one for flies, generally, but this was a pleasant interactive interlude. Game or not, I think we need more things like this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
It let me live out my dream of flying to a fiery death 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Let's keep it simple.
This game is nothing special, yet it is unique for itself.

First of all, there's only one goal to reach, and that every time. Means that there is only one level, which takes about 5 minutes to beat. There are no challenges, only the one goal to reach.

There are no special effects, blood or whatever. The main focus is laid on atmosphere, and what it can do to you.
Oh, and it's free, so you can give it a try and either keep it, or uninstall it whenever you want.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
10/10 i crai evrytim... and i mean it
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