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 (180 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 29, 2004
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"A short-ish kinetic novel (no choices) with a great soundtrack. Has a really beautiful story. I might have cried a single tear when I played it maybe..."

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September 17

Japanese version also available!

The original Japanese version of the game is now available, you can switch to it by right clicking on the game and then selecting Properties. Under Properties, you will find the Language tab which can be used to switch to Japanese.

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.

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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
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
i cried

Better than Fallout series
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Key Visual Art's is the Best story-telling game developer out in the gaming business, have finally hit Steam! (Took them long enough!)

Heads up though this is not what you would call a game, it's more like an automatic book aka Kinetic Novel, which mean no interaction just reading and listening.

For me Key (Key Visual Art's for short) have been my favorite company ever since i first watched the anime called "Clannad". After finishing both seasons, i needed to fill the emptiness in my heart with more anime which were almost as good or closely like "Clannad", those were "Air", "Kanon", "Angel Beats" and "Little Busters!" (though LB! was 3-4 years later). What do they all have in common? Made by same company and highly rated anime and highly recommended. So Planetarian should'nt be an exception! Although all you do is read and listening. You will be dragged into that world, feel every happiness, sorrow and pain and ofcourse you will get attached to one of the characters! (in this case just one). Let us not forget the Background music! THOSE are the what i call Re-FEELer (see the pun there?) Every time i listen to one of Key's produced music, i end up remembering those moments in the anime/game and just standing there crying... Happened to me once at school when i was careless and the Yumegatari (a song from the anime "Air") was played my mobile, I sat there in class and dropped tears... just... just beautiful songs a-and.... it's so sad... but still so good...

My conclusion would be:
Buy it if you rather want a good story to FEEL more than a gameplay. Cause if you want both get "To the moon" but if you want a gameplay? Well... wrong place!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
For my review, I want you to imagine a 6' 4", 21 year-old male bent double and heaving with sobs.

Interpret that as you will.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
So, this is another key's sadness visual novel, I have played Clannad and watched Clannad, Air, Kanon, and many key's animes. This time key brings us a sadness but thoughtful story with a robot girl whose name is Hoshino Yomemi, which means the beautiful dream of the stars. I have read the whole Planetarian novels after played this game, so that I know the whole world of this novel series.Yomemi is a lovely girl, I DON'T think she is a ROBOT, but a HUMAN with all the beauties and she stands for the brightness of humanity. She is innocent and just like a child. Human destoried everything but she still believed that everything will become fine one day. I think the precious memories of Yomemi are the most moved part of this novel and I cried for nearly 2 hours after I watched that part. After played this game, I thought a long time, why human beings began to kill each other? Maybe they lost their emotions like love and mercy. After all, all these loves and mercies are given to Yomemi and she became the hope of human maybe. Though her body dead in the end, but her spirit was taken by us. By the way, the next novel called Man of Stars(maybe, I read this story in Chinese), in that story, our main character became a old man and show other people the beauty of stars, just like what Yomemi was done to him, and finally in a small village in South America, he dead with another robot which the same type of Yomemi, in that time, the South America was covered with ice and people could hardly survive. In that village, our main character teached 3 children many things of stars, knowledges, and some past stories. It's a sad end. Human couldn't avoid disappearing from this planet, but our spirit, our love, the dream of heaven, the heaven that won't be seperated, the hope, won't disappear.Actually, I think this game worth this price, in my opinion, it's even more worth than 60$, it makes us to thought what's the true love, what's the humanity, and I think it's even more thoughtful than some text book.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
;~; ;~;
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I cri evryteim so sad Key never disappoint me i cri 3 times while reading this story its so touching I pray that the heaven between human and robot will not be seperated :D

The game is fully supported with japanese voice which can make u cri the voice actors are gud the art is very classic and nice and character design is good i r8 8000/8

I cri evryteim
Vote up for my recommend if u cri evryteim
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
;_;
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Really enjoyable to read
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This is a 2 hour voiced novel with scenes and music, and it has more emotional impact than many full length rpgs. Please get.

(This is a kinetic novel, so there is zero gameplay.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
So many people have stated how great the kinetic novel is and I don't need to say more.
Like @とある科学のモビウス said on his/her comment about this game. The precious memories of Yomemi are the most touching part of this story, which makes me crying non stop! At the same time it brings heavy thoughtful message to us as whole human species. Are we losting our minds and souls that onced kindly and treat others good in this time everything is rushing?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
This isn't a game, this is a visual novel. There are no gameplay elements whatsoever. It is not like a "choose-your-own-adventure" novel, there are no choices to choose from.

Planetarian uses graphics, music, and sound effects to tell a story. It's an excellent story, and I strongly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Never in my life had I tried a visual novel, heck I didn't even know such a thing existed, being the adventurist guy that I am I said "eh why not give it a shot??, YOLO!!". Well one thing is for sure, that ending will definately put your manliness to the test. Great story. you can click away at your pace or just leave it in auto mode kick back and relax.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
You will never be forgotten Yumemi...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Remember one thing: if you see a KEY's novella on Steam buy it without thinking. I promise you, you will not regret. All of KEY's novels are a masterpieces.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
This novel is pretty much a generic story. But boy, does it do a good job telling it. The writting is great, it incoporates fun, seriousness, sadness, joy, and every other emotion you can think of so well. It's a wonderful story, and I would recommend it to everyone.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Wow.. just wow, this is truely beautiful, and shouldn't be missed, while it's not a game by any definition, it's definately worth it's price tag. I would most definately recomend this to anyone and everyone I know.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This work is pretty heavy; I cried quite a bit from reading it.

...the saddest part is the realization that there are still humans killing one another over overpopulation, energy issues... resources, politics, difference in ideology... Starward progress is even at a halt presently due to conflicting interest between nations.

Within the past century, we have had two global wars and even utilized nuclear weapons against fellow humans, killing hundreds of thousands of people. The Cold War and its conclusion are still fresh in the minds of many of us, and it can yet be considered the closest we've come to our own nuclear demise. I believe that we could very well end up going down the same road and destroying ourselves, our planet and ecosystem, and everything we've achieved up to this point, if humanis allow things to continue as they are.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
A simple, nice and sweet kinetic novel for those who want to enjoy a short yet emotional story..................anyway, prepare some tissues
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Key never disappoints, glorious ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s.
Hopefully, this will mean more Key games will be officially localized soon.
Very short, but still recommended.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
If you like Visual Novels, definitely pick up this game. It's a tight, well-told story that doesn't overstay its welcome... except for the excessive amount of dust in your room that just happened to sting you in the eyes right at the end.

Also, I found it a pretty good way to keep myself preoccupied while exercising indoors on a stationary bike. Hook up a gamepad, install joytokey and away you go!
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