In time for the 10th anniversary since its original release in Japan, planetarian is an engaging and emotional visual novel from legendary game studio, Key. A sub-brand of VisualArt's, Key are also famed for creating Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Little Busters!, Rewrite, and Angel Beats!
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Very Positive (49 reviews) - 93% of the 49 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (905 reviews) - 98% of the 905 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 29, 2004

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Please Note: Users who installed the Japanese-language version of planetarian can switch to English by going to the Library, right clicking on the game and then selecting Properties. Under Properties, you will find the Language tab which can be used to switch to English.
*Keep in mind that both the English and Japanese versions of planetarian utilize the same save data folder so please delete all files within the SAVEDATA folder before switching languages.

About This Game

Why don't you come to the planetarium?
The beautiful twinkling of eternity that will never fade, no matter what.
All the stars in the sky are waiting for you.


In time for the 10th anniversary since its original release in Japan, planetarian is an engaging and emotional visual novel from legendary game studio, Key. A sub-brand of VisualArt's, Key are also famed for creating Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Little Busters!, Rewrite, and Angel Beats!

Please do not divide Heaven in two...

It is thirty years after the failure of the Space Colonization Program.
Humanity is nearly extinct. A perpetual and deadly Rain falls on the Earth.
Men known as "Junkers" plunder goods and artifacts from the ruins of civilization.
One such Junker sneaks alone into the most dangerous of all ruins -- a "Sarcophagus City".
In the center of this dead city, he discovers a pre-War planetarium.
And as he enters he is greeted by Hoshino Yumemi, a companion robot.
Without a single shred of doubt, she assumes he is the first customer she's had in 30 years.
She attempts to show him the stars at once, but the planetarium projector is broken.
Unable to make heads or tails of her conversation, he ends up agreeing to try and repair the projector ...

For the first time, this heartwarming and memorable title is available on Steam!
It is fully voiced in Japanese, and can be experienced with both English and Japanese text.

Design, Scenario: Yuuichi Suzumoto
Music: Magome Togoshi
Voice Cast: Hoshino Yumemi - Keiko Suzuki
The Junker - Daisuke Ono

* This product is a localization of "planetarian ~chiisana hoshi no yume~ Memorial Edition", originally released for Windows on 30 April 2010.

What is Kinetic Novel?
A new form of entertainment for the sole purpose of storytelling -- not a novel, not an anime, not a game -- Kinetic Novel.
Made with the goal of providing the reader with an unprecedented sense of presence and empathy for the characters through the use of a high-quality scenario, graphics, music, and other production values.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista or higher
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 800x600
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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jin0uga
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Are you a sadist?

Have you ever wanted your heart ripped out of your chest, stomped on, and then lit on fire?

Then look no further, because this game is definitely for you.

heaven/10 - prepare to die a lot inside.
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Mushroom Dayo
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Well worth every penny. Deep story. Did not cry though
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[SpAdQt] Fewshin
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Prepare to experience an eternal storm, an eternal feels storm to be specific. The game isn't long but the quality per minute is higher than that of most games.

10/10
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ScotchYeti
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I really liked the graphics and the voice actors, nothing can be said about the production itself.

However, as a longtime Science Fiction veteran I had a big problem with the plot. This is supposed to be a world that has gone down the drain and you get glimpses of it by what the main character is telling. The overall mood though is so different because of the overenthusiastic robot and the light music. For me this didn't fit together, it never feels dangerous or like "fight-for-your-life". It's rather peaceful instead and the junker seems to enjoy the quiet time.

Next, the things that happen with the robot. It's very predictable and I found the whole affair unconvincing. The main character nerver succeeds in outwitting the robot and only at the end expresses what he sees in her. Read "Fondly Fahrenheit" from Alfred Bester or one of the many robot stories by Asimov. They go deeper and explore what it means to be a robot.

Even from a philosophical point of view the story feels flat. Whenever it gets more serious it falls back to "I obey you" or "that's part of my programming". I guess I am spoiled by "Steins;Gate" and its heart wrenching consequences.

If you want to enjoy a lightweight and predictable SF story then you came to the right place. For something serious I highly recommend "Steins;Gate".
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bramblewood56
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
This is a most touching Visual novel. Original, thought provoking and so full of heart.
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kaushal135
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Very nice story
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MikuLuka_0021
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Amazing.A bit overprice
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Neko Silviu
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
The lenght of the story may be short...But the feels...are overwhelming.
10/10
Prepare the tissues.
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aim4thetop1
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
I'm not at all the type to cry.

Bought this game after hearing about how good Clannad is, despite it's art style. Still need to play that as of writing, but coming into the game, I trusted that it was going to be good. I was not at all let down. While I didn't cry, the mood that this kinetic novel, a game where there aren't any choices, had set was pretty obvious.

Our protagonist starts off finding our female lead, Yumemi, as annoying, as she's quite the chatterbox. But after spending time with her, he gets used to her antics. And my god, I found her so adorable. Really reminds me of Koboshi from Let's Meow Meow, so now that I know of Yumemi's existence, I now have two robots who are easily best girls.

I'm only 2 hours in, and haven't yet gotten through all of the chapters, but I have confidence the rest of the game will be good. As someone new to Ren'py, I really like the writing style. Haven't played other visual novels, it's interesting to note the way how a VN describes things. Steins;Gate and Corpse Party are perspective heavy, Nekopara (Volume 0 anyway) is dialogue heavy, while planetarian leans more towards description, although of course has dialogue as well.

I don't really have anything else to comment about the game, other than addressing one of the reviews negatively posted, where the reviewer obviously expected this game to have endings to get. Lol. Sorry to say that's not what kinetic novels are. One's like these are more like reading an anime/manga than anything else, which is not a bad thing.
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DarkMoS
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Short kinetic visual novel (~1.5h-2h) about a junker whose job is to retrieve valuable things from ruins in order to survive in a post-apocaliptical world. One day he ends up in a planetarium and he is welcomed by a robot...

I'll be honest: it' s nice story but I don't think it's worth the full price tag, grab it when on sale.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
For a story that's fairly clear how it will end, the events that unfold will still suckpunch you right in the heart.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
If you did buy this VN at a discounted price, consider it as a huge bonus. Like most people said, the story as depressing as the first time most people watch Clannad. As i read towards the end, it begin to rain heavily. Though the story is short, it also brought me new insight of life. Now, i really wish that robots like Yumemi existed in real life.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
A short but beautiful little Visual Novel. ~
The story is completely linear and has not many characters, but that makes it very beginner friendly.
If you never played a VN, this might be a great start into the genre.

Worth mentioning by itself is the charming music of this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Oh I didn\'t write a review for this? hm. It must have been because I couldn\'t write because I was crying a lot after I finished it. (and I don\'t cry easily from media anymore)
It\'s a beautiful story, slow moving, which lets you really feel connected to the scenario and characters.

It\'s a kinetic novel which means there are no split endings or collecting to do, it is all one story, which I read finished in about 5 hours.

I really recommend it!
It\'s pretty cheap and made by Key so you know it\'s going to be good. :P
And there is an anime coming now too, so it is exciting to see the adaption of this visual novel, I hope it\'s well made!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Nothing in the vein of choices nor does it have more then one ending. However the story give such an emotional suckerpunch that i can honeslty say that its very much worth it to check out. I cant say full price is really worth it but if you ever catch it on sale the story alone is worth it.
Its got some cool art too so its also got that going for it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
A sweet, sad kintetic novel about a strange encounter set during essentially the end of the world. It's strange how some stories really resonate with you and some don't. I did feel some sadness during this novel but at the same time, it didn't quite work for me either. Yumemi is more than just a machine, but the way she's written, I didn't reach the point where it felt she was truly alive, either. It could even be something that didn't quite come through in the translation but that was just my overall sense of it. The story is about 4 hours long, give or take a little bit depending on your reading speed. I happened to leave it running by mistake. This is not a story to make you feel any great happiness at any point so if you have an aversion to melancholy stories you might want to stay away. Otherwise, it's definitely still worth reading if you like visual novels. PS- Make sure you right click and change the font from the default if you are seeing overlapping letters.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This is a most touching Visual novel. Original, thought provoking and so full of heart.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
The lenght of the story may be short...But the feels...are overwhelming.
10/10
Prepare the tissues.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Amazing.A bit overprice
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
88.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Finally a game that's made for Alphas and not any of that ♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ like CoD (Kaw'd) or Modern Black Ops "hurrdurr" WarField 3 shoot teh darkies.
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