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!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (507 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 29, 2004

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"From the creators of Clannad comes a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi and drama VN that will shed tears from your eyes. Its a VN by 'key' so it's heavyhearted."
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Update Notes

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
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Didn't expect anything less from VisualArts/Key,

If you like what VisualArts/Key have done over the years, there is no excuse for you to skip on planetarian.

As my first proper Visual Novel, I am impressed by this one.
Great art design, great sound design, amazing story - it's all there.

Definitely one of the better VNs on Steam.

I'd say it definitely is a must buy for fans of VisualArts/Key
10/10
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
A VN by 'key' and one of the leading VN developers in the world makes a VN that will make you cry at the end, assuming you actually cry because this is VN are by the same people who made Clannad, Air, Kanon, Little Busters (All great VNs and animes). It does show its age (this VN was made 10 years ago) when you play the game and the 'save' function isn't great either, you only get 5 save slots, so you have to overwrite your saves quite a lot.

The story is set in the future after the "failure of the Space Colonization Program". It is a post-apocalyptic novel involving only 2 main characters "Mr. Customer" aka "The Junker" and Yumemi Hoshino aka the robot. There is no "choose your on route/story" in this VN, its a direct story with no choices.

Graphics
As you'd expect, this a pretty old VN, so graphics isn't its strong point here. It has basic drawn images and the animation is limited. Though the visuals are not the great part, you can still enjoy the VN with what is offers.
Final Score: 5/10

Storyline
This is a VN by 'key' we are talking about, of course its going to tell you a great story. I have never read a VN by 'key' and said "I was disappointed with it". All their VNs are nicely told, it often gives you tears, but that’s part of the experience. Expect to cry in every VN that 'key' makes.
Final Score: 10/10

Sound
Another strong factor here. The music and soundtracks are possibly the most satisfying thing you will love about this VN, considering that it is over 10 years old. I still have a hard time trying to figure out how they managed to make all these soundtracks, they are absolutely fantastic, even though half of them where very sad to listen to. The only downside is that there is only a few of these soundtracks.
Final Score: 9/10

Gameplay/Features/Layout
The VN offers simple controls, press "Enter" to read another line, press "Spacebar" to hide the text box etc...nothing complicated there. The features are also very simple, since the VN is pretty old. It goes the same with the overall layout. Here's and great tip,
tilt your head left or right in the title screen and be amazed
Final Score: 6/10

Price
Probably the most common question when buying anything is "Is it worth buying it?". If you like light romance and sad stories. This is your best bet. You won't regret your choice, it was made by 'key', so you know it's worth it. At £7, this is a pretty cheap VN already, considering there are other VNs out there that cost more and has less stuff to offer. This is definitely worth your time and you shouldn't worry about spending too much on this.
Final Score: 10/10

Overall Score : 40/50
Percentage Score: 80%
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
I found the first half to be really dragged out and you can foresee the conclusion within the first 15 minutes.

However despite these setbacks, the voice acting and BGM make up for it. The game gets much better later on and at its climax, manages to tug at my heartstrings even though I was prepared for the inevitable conclusion.

Overall I exited the game satisfied with my purchase.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Wow. Just wow. I usually don't do review for games that I play, even if they are really good ones, but I can not let this one go. If you are reading this, and are considering whether to buy this game or not, do not hesitate for even a second. I think this is the only time that a form of entertainment, be it a game,movie,book ... , has made me cry. The story is so moving and one of the best ones that I have seen. Even though this novel is short, you will not regret buying it. I'm pretty sure I will not forget about this even after 30 years.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Planetarian is kinetic visual novel, meaning that it is completely linear and there are no choices involved. I would like to point out that it is also the first VN I have ever completed.
This novel revolves around the main character, a "Junker" who scavanges the wastes of this post-apocalyptic world, and a robot named Yumemi who was created to work at a planetarium that has now been abandoned for nearly 30 years.
It is a fairly short story, however it still manages to go into keen depth on the back-stories of the characters and the world they live in. Moreover, this novel has some very heartwarming moments, as well as some absolutely heartwrenching ones, which is to be expected from the legendary VisualArts/Key, creators of some of the best VNs (and anime) of all time.

This story will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but most importantly of all, it will tell you an excellent story of a man and a robot, in a very well realized "Fallout-esque" world.
I would heartily reccomend it, and as someone who has only ever finished this VN, I can say that it is an excellent entry into the genre, as it left me with the want for more of its kind.
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