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: Very Positive (464 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

    • 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
20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Knowing that this Visual Novel was made by VisualArt's/Key, why are you reading reviews instead of Insta-buying it?

Seriously though[/b]

Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~

Plot/Story 9.8/10
Animation/Design 9/10
Audio/Soundtrack /10

Plot/Story 9.8/10
Set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is on the verge of extinction after the failure of the Space Colonization Program and Nuclear warfare, "Junkers" scavenge anything that could help them to survive. Our nameless protagonist discovers a Pre-war Planetarium and enters in search of useful supplies, he is then greeted by Hoshino Yumemi who offers to show him a special commemorative projection especially reserved for the 2,500,000th customer(although he is in fact the 2,497,290th customer). Despite his aggravation with her, he agrees to attend her show. However, the projector device, "Miss Jena", has broken down and is in need of repair.

I'm lost for words for this one, the story is simply magnificent. The story is relatively short, you can finish the entire Visual Novel in a little over 3 hours depending on how fast you are at reading. But despite being short it's definitly memorable, I haven't felt this moved since Narcissu[/u], the story was definitly a sorrowful one. You are guranteed for feels in this one, even if you're the type to not cry at things like this (like me) the story is still very touching, I can't wrap my head around the fact Yumemi stayed at the Planetarium for 30 years straight in a complete solitary state and yet still be the talkative goodhearted person she is, I understand it's because she's a robot but damn.

Animation/Design 9/10
Doesn't really differ from most Visual Novels

Audio/Soundtrack 10/10
The soundtrack is astounding, it's just magnificent and beautiful. Every single track falls into the right situation and emotion. The 'Gentle Jena' track is a great example, it went really well with the scene where the protagonist watched as the Planetarium did it's thing, as the track played there was a sense of triumph about how the repairs paid off and the feeling of amazement and wonder as the protagonist looks up at the stars which is supposed to be a rare sight in his time.

Review Conclusion
I loved Planetarian ~The reverie of a little planet~, it's a beautiful short story that is guranteed to leave you with feels, that story will stay at the back of your mind, the time the protagonist spent with Yumemi, how she was abandoned and how she's slowly breaking down.. it's such a sad, memorable story. Planetarian ~The reverie of a little planet~ was developed by VisualArt's/Key, widely known in the Visual Novel community for creating CLANNAD(Which is due for it's release on Steam around Jan 10!), Air, Kanon and more. Planetarian ~The reverie of a little planet~ is really worth the money I gurantee it.
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11 of 11 people (100%) 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
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11 of 12 people (92%) 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.

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

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

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

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

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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9 of 9 people (100%) 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This is a short Visual Novel with no choices. Don't think of it as a game; it's a short story, with pictures and music.

But what a beautiful, bittersweet, short story it is. Set in the remnants of a city after bio-warfare has mostly wiped the human race from the planet, the story is about a Junker--someone who sneaks into cities, past automated defenses left over from previous wars--in the hopes of finding food, weapons, or useful materials. Instead, he finds a robot, a greeter at a planetarium, miraculously still functioning. What unfolds is a tale about the importance of our hopes and dreams, even in the face of great despair.

Planetarian will take about 2-3 hours to read. If that doesn't seem like it's worth $10 to you, then wait for it to go on sale. But by all means, read it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
TL;DR: planetarian: the reverie of a little planet is an exceptionally well written kinectic novel. It's story, underlying themes, atmosphere and sound design create what is very close to a masterpiece, one that is likely to bring you to tears. It can be finished within a day as it only takes up to 5 hours to complete, which is the perfect lenght for it's story. If you have any interest in playing visual/kinectic novels or have played them before I highly recommend you try planetarian: the reverie of a little planet.

Game Review:

Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Plantet is a kinectic novel made back in 2004 by a developer named Key and has recentenly been brought to steam for everybody to enjoy. Key is known for it's exceptional emotional storywriting as seen in previous works like Clannad, Little Busters and Angel Beats, most of which have gotten various adaptions into anime or manga. Planetarian is a kinectic novel, thus its gameplay offers no choices or alternate endings. That doesn't mean it takes away from the experience, as Planetarian offers some of the best writing you'll ever see in a visual novel.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, eradicated by biological and nuclear warfare, the story revolves around a middle-aged man that is trying to survive by looting what very little things are left in the world. One day the man enters a planetarium. where he meets a friendly robot.

It is the start of an amazing journey. A story that's not affraid to make its readers ask themselves ethical questions about what is truly right and wrong. A story that evokes melancholy, yet simaltaniousy manages to spark with optimistic views. A story whose themes, even though it was made back in 2004, feel more and more relevant as time moves on. A story that doesn't just reflect it's themes upon it's own fictional world, but also perfectly reflects them upon the world we live in today - the optimistic notion of our future and the human corruption and degradation that comes with it.

Planetarian does an excellent job at is world building. The eerie, nearly haunting atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic world that is almost extinct of all life is captured beautifully and even though the overall story is rather short, it will never fail to keep you immersed.

It's characters are few, and it's because of this that see some real progression between them. The challenge of creating a story with only so very few characters often lies in the reader becoming bored or annoyed by them. Luckily that is not the case with planetarian, the characters are beautifully written and won't fail to keep your attention. The brosque middle-aged man and the enthusiastic robot will quickly start to grow on you, and in no time you'll be happy watching the two interact.

It's artwork is good, but nothing out of the ordinary. You'll see that visuals are often repeated, but they manage to portray the story well enough. Just don't put your expectations too high and you'll be fine.

Planetarian's music and sound design are some of the best I've ever seen. Its soothing and beautifully composed music isn't just great in and of itself, it's also able to convey a lot of meaning. The compositions and sound design act directly on the symbolism and themes used in planetarian, making the music, sound design and story come together as a whole. For those interested, an excellent analysis about planetarian music and sound design was done by therationalpi on reddit, I'll link it in the comments below.

In the end I wouldn't call planetarian a masterpiece. It isn't the holy grail of visual novels, but it is definitly one of the best ones out there, and by far the best one avaliable on Steam. If you want to experience a short but rich, exceptionally well constructed story that is very likely to bring you to tears planetarian is perfect for you.
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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Planetarian is a relatively short VN (~4 hours) that has no choices for the player to make, instead preferring to tell a set story of its own choosing. While this might bother some since that means that this "game" is little more than a few hours of reading with voices and artwork to go with it, the creators of Planetarian are none other than Key/VisualArts. If you are at all familiar with Key/VisualArts or their other works (notably Kanon, Clannad, and Little Busters!), then you have a pretty good idea what to expect from this: a well-written story, quality artwork, and a deeply emotional conclusion. While Planetarian is tiny compared to Key/VisualArts other VN's (Clannad is at minimum a 50+ hour game, and Little Busters! is about the same size), the quality of their other works ought not to be ashamed by this. In other words, Planetarian is quite good, despite its length and lack of choice.

If you are familiar with Key/VisualArts other works and enjoyed them, then checking this out should be a no-brainer. If you are not however, consider Planetarian a small teaser for what is to come: Clannad will be released on Steam before the year is out (Fall 2015 most likely), and hopefully Key/VisualArts' other works like Kanon or Little Busters! won't be too far behind. Or you can just watch their anime versions if you can't wait that long (I personally recommend Kanon 2006 and Clannad/Clannad After Story for that). Enjoy! :3
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Found this gem through Reddit and I was not disappointed. If you like Visual Novels, this is a must have!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
I nuke Megaton in Fallout. I made pact with demon and slaughter innocent mages in Dragon age. I let the Geth kill the Council and order the genocide of Quarian race in Mass Effect. I laugh while my undead army sack Silvermoon in Warcraft 3. I always play as Nazi when play WW2 game. I enjoy watching the destricton of Stark at Red Wedding yet I cry at least 3 times while reading this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
I went from okay to emotionally devestated in 130 minutes
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
(Spoilers ahead) Once you, the protagonist, reach the planetarium, you meet this girl robot who talks a lot and insists in giving you a bouquet of junk. I like to refer to the protagonist as Mr. Customer instead of Junker, as that's how Yumemi refers to you. In any case, Planetarian spends a considerable amount of time explaining what has happened to the world and how desolate it is.

The Rain is a third character, even. It's more important than whatever else. The war doesn't matter; the destruction doesn't matter; the booby trap that killed the protagonist's partner doesn't matter - but the fact that there's an ever-present downpour is very much stressed by the artwork and the text. What is the Rain like? It (or she, since "rain" is a feminine noun in Portuguese and I can't help but think of a rain as a feminine entity) is negative. Inexorably, unchangeably, untouchably so. She will not stop, she will not break, she will not waver. However, Mr. Customer learned how to live with her.

So you, the player, transit between two worlds: the barren outside, reigned by the Rain, and the barren inside of the planetarium, reigned by Yumemi. She knows every inch of the building. She's a robot, responsible for the planetarium. And what is she like? She is positive. Inexorably, unchangeably, untouchably so. She is a robot, programmed to be like this, yet "just a little broken". She cannot stop, she cannot break, she cannot waver. However, Mr. Customer learned how to live with her.

What is the relationship between these two characters? None. They are completely unaware of one another and the protagonist is the bridge. It is confusing for Mr. Customer and it is confusing for you. The fact that you are the 2,500,000th customer (or, rather, the 2,497,290th customer, or rather rather, 2,497,288th visitor I think) is the whole reason why the story unfolds. She is not a human, there are never second intentions to what she says. She is what she is. She is the same as the Rain - they are two entities that can't ever touch because they are inexorable and will not, by essence and definition, change how they think and what they do.

This is why Yumemi's fate is predictable. The moment she and the Rain clash, Yumemi will die - actually, she cannot die. She cannot feel pain and even says so when a robot blasts her into pieces. She is not a human. This is rather obvious once you think about it. It's a very teleological story - because of these essences and definitions, there is absolutely no other way the story could happen. There was never a possible happy ending. You were a bystander in this encounter.

On the other hand, since you are the bridge, you are responsible for her demise. After all - and this is also obvious once you retrace the story - if you weren't there, Miss Jena would never be fixed, the glorious and beautiful presentation would never happen and the energy supply wouldn't overload. And then you wouldn't have to leave the building with her. The extremes only happen to meet because the protagonist enforced this meeting.

But how wouldn't he? It's also the only thing he could do. And it's what you would do, too. You could easily think, by the way Yumemi acts, that she is a human in disguise, but remember - she isn't. She is a "kinda broken robot", but this is probably enough for us to relate so much to her that it doesn't matter that she can't feel pain. We feel pain in her behalf. She talks way too much and we listen. Mr. Customer listens. Even though - no, since Yumemi is inexorably positive, there is nothing we can do but to bring her to that which is inexorably negative - the Rain.

And of course we, as readers, can do nothing about it. There is a small but very important dissonance between you and Mr. Customer here. Even though Mr. Customer knows all about the Rain and has put up with her since birth, we don't. We just know she is everything Yumemi isn't. Yumemi is upbeat, bright, fun to listen to and a little broken. She thinks of the Rain as "an unfortunate weather", day by day. The Rain will, someday, consume Yumemi, but not even the Rain herself knows that. The energy supply that lasts for one week each year might as well never run out and Yumemi could hibernate forever, but that only matters once we are there. We, the players with no agency whatsoever. Our presence as someone who witnesses this contrast is even more important emotionally than Mr. Customer's presence as someone who fixes Miss Jena. This is why we relate to Yumemi and can't help but think of her as a human, as someone we'd like to hug and take somewhere else - to the Heaven of Robots, if you want.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
A Short and Enjoyable Kinetic Novel That May Not Be For Everyone

planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ was wonderful, touching story that kept me captivated thoughout, and I enjoyed it immensely. It is exactly what I would have expected from a studio as good as Key. However, that does not mean that planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ is a title that everyone would enjoy, and as such, makes it a hard game to recommend fully.

Firstly, to those who are not aware of the concept of visual/kinetic novels, this game is purely story based, and there are little to no real gameplay elements to be found. You follow the story being told to you from start to finish, and that's really all there is to it.

Extending on that, this game is also what is known as a 'Kinetic Novel'. This differs from a visual novel in the sense that there are no choices to be made at any point during the story, and the story follows a single, linear path. As such, the game is an excellent starting point for those looking to delve into the world of visual novels.

The story is also relatively short. I completed the story in just over 5 hours using auto-read on the default setting. This also adds onto my point of this being a good starting point for people looking to get into this genre, as visual novels can easily take over 50 hours of game time to complete during a first playthrough.

I bought this game knowing what I was getting into. I simply wanted to enjoy a good story, and that is exactly what I got. However, if you are expecting to find amazing gameplay and stunning graphics, then this most definitely is NOT the type of title for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
A beautiful story by Key, the makers of such anime as Clannad, Kanon, and others, the story was touching for me in a way that not many visual novels manage to do.

This visual novel is called a Kinetic Novel, because there are no choices for the player to make. In that, it's similar to manga, or a picture book. That doesn't necessarily mean it's bad - it's actually pretty good - but it may not be for everyone.

I'd recommend this novel to anyone who's a fan of Key's works, in particular, or pretty much anyone interested in visual novels, for that matter. It's short (I ran it in 3 hours, your mileage may vary,) but worth the cost.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
I laughed. I cried. I would expect nothing less than a masterpiece from Key Visual Arts and they delivered. Some people have studio Ghibli I have Key. I would recomend this to anyone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
This game is one of the most beautiful games I have ever played.
You easily grow attached to Yumemi, the sweet, cheerful robot girl who you find at the planetarium.
If you have bought this game, be prepared with some tissues. The ending really gets to you.

Great voice acting
Nice characters

Music sometimes gets repetitive

It's a Key game, stop reading this bloody review and get the game already!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
If you're used to the typical visual novel style, where you make choices that affect relationships and consequences, be warned that this is not the same. It's just a story that plays out in front of you, and a short one at that. If that's a problem, don't buy it. Having said that, the story is very well written. Despite not much actually happening, the narrative and characters are both intriguing enough that you may very well cry before the end.

The only flaw with this is the price, which does not reflect the 4-5 hour playtime (depending on how fast you read). So wait for it to go on sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I wasn't prepared for the end...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
First of all, as I am sure most of the other reviews have stated: THIS IS NOT A GAME. Do not buy this if you're expecting something like COD. It is a Kinetic Novel. A story that you progress through as you read.

I loved this. It's set in a post-apocalptic city and really nails the atmosphere and mood. The characters are believable and genuine and the story is touching and spellbinding.

Just have a box of tissues at the ready.

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