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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Release Date: Nov 29, 2004
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"Planetarian is a kinetic Visual Novel that offers a bittersweet story about what it is like being a human."

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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
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
i cried

Better than Fallout series
Posted: October 13
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
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!
Posted: October 1
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
lump in my throat was so tight felt like I was going to die
was too busy crying to notice

clannad will kill me

10/10
Posted: September 30
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
"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."
These words, coming from a Bargain Model girl robot, still hold true even after 30 years of war, human annihilation and acid rain.

Possibly the most meaningful 10 euros I have ever spent in my entire life, Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet teaches you about the other side of a post-apocalyptic scenario, one that no games have ever dwelled upon for long enough.
Because yes, behind killing hordes of zombies with your shotgun and pilfering abandoned houses lies a whole myriad of psychological reactions and adaptations that follow long-term disastrous events; for such is how we humans are.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
;~; ;~;
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
It's really exciting to actually see some high-profile visual novels coming to Steam, especially works by Visual Art's/KEY. Planetarian is not the longest vn by any stretch of the imagination - it took me about 2 hours to read through it - but it is nevertheless an excellent story. This game is a must-play title for anyone who is a fan of vns, and I would also highly recommend CLANNAD when that becomes available as well.
Posted: September 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
A very short (~2 hours), sad VN about a broken world and a hopeful robot.

It's so short that I feel like talking about the story at all is almost counterproductive. I knew almost nothing when first going in, and I'm glad for it.

Some people might balk at the price for such a short VN, but this is a laser-focused experience with such impact that I could never even think to complain after having read through it.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Great Kinetic novel!

Yumemi... never forget.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Another masterpeice by Key.
If you feel like reading an excellent story that's packed with emotion, then this is the feel factory for you!
Posted: September 29
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6 of 29 people (21%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
While not a particularly bad visual novel, I can't really say Planetarian was worth spending money on.

Despite being shorter than most visual novels, I would have preferred this one to be shorter as I felt the pace was rather slow and certain scenes dragged on longer than needed. Most of the comedy comes from one running joke that I found to be annoying more often than humorous, though I will admit that the tool variant briefly brought a smile to my face. Other dialogue is also repeated more times than necessary.

There was little plot to be had. The majority of the story takes place in one setting, with the occasional flashback to remind the reader that it's a post-apocalyptic world full of muderbots. I also feel that there was an early plot hole with the narrator not wanting to stay at the Planetarium, then deciding to do so for no apparent reason without showing any signs of having warmed up to the robot yet. Near the end, the story showed a hint of heading toward one tragic conclusion that could've worked well and it started getting good after finally leaving the Planetarium. However, the ending they went with was the more clichéd one that could be predicted immediately upon meeting the clearly designed to be cute robot, and when the moment to cry came, it made no impact on me. Afterward, the conclusion implied by the final lines brought me sadistic joy, though I don't think that's the reaction they were going for.

With all that said, the story was not without its better moments. I sort of laughed on three occasions and the scene with the robot's narration on the stars was beautiful. However, I do not think it was enough to be worth the time and money put into going through it when there are better visual novels out there.
Posted: September 26
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3.0 hrs on record
short and beautiful
Posted: September 25
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2.8 hrs on record
"Please do not split the heaven in two."
-Hoshino Yumemi

I didn't cry but I felt like crying and I wanted to. 4 hours of connecting with a talkative robot makes you wish the best for the character. Also, the artworks are stunning especially on one scene and the scores are perfect and well-placed. I can't wait to play other Key games to support.
Posted: September 25
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4.2 hrs on record
Planetarian was one game I never thought I'd ever see get a release here on Steam, much less an actual official English release. So, consider my surprise when Sekai Project announced they actually got a Key/VisualArt's game licensed for a US release. They practically pulled off the impossible and showed they aren't messing around in trying to get Visual Novels to a wider audience. The only question that remains is this: Was Planetarian a smart move on their end? Well, let's just say despite how clear it is that Planetarian hasn't aged well as a VN in some places, it excels in so many other aspects that make this safe bet a smart one to start this newly founded relationship between VisualArt's and Sekai Project.

The story of Planetarian centers around two characters, a robot girl named Hoshino Yumemi, who has spent her whole existence catering to a Planetarian and it's customers. The second character, a nameless wandering man who roams the war-torn Earth wasteland, that struggles with just getting though the every day alive. I won't spoil much more beyond that since most of what makes Planetarian great is it's story. It especially helps that the writing quality knows when to kick it up a notch to suck you into it's story with some absolutely beautifully written pieces. Outside of these key moments, the writing is alright and the dialogue exchanges between the man and Yumemi are quite amusing.

Visually speaking is where we run into a few problems and the game starts to show it's age. Art wise the game held up surprisingly well with some well drawn CG that were still quite impressive despite the games age. Although there isn't a ton of CG screens here, what's here is great and that's what mostly counts. Especially the ending shot which did a great job of piling up everything for one last huge emotional sendoff.

So what's the problem here? Well, it mostly comes from how ugly looking the text box and the borders surrounding everything looks. The text box takes up almost half the screen, if not more, though nearly the entirety of the game. While the borders are distracting and something that really wasn't needed. Would've liked the option to remove them.

The length of the game is another problem as it will probably only take most people around 3-5 hours. Possibility being even shorter if you just turn on auto mode and let the game do the work for you. That reminds me, and this may be a turnoff for some, there is no gameplay besides clicking and reading text. In fact it kind of feels like reading a book rather than playing a game. It also dosen't help it's $10 asking price as there is almost no replay value in Planetarian. Once you play though the story that's it. Sure you unlock Music and CG modes but honestly, they'll keep most of you entertained for maybe ten minutes tops.

You may be asking, 'With all these faults what's there besides this good story you claim it has?'. Well one thing is just that the soundtrack is pretty great and does a great job complimenting each scene, even if it has a tendency to repeat and loop too often. Sekai Project also did a great job of cleaning up the old fan translation, which they used as a base translation. While I ran into a few typos they were pretty minor and didn't detract me from the overall experience and hopefully will be patched up soon.

Was Planeterain basicallly Sekai Project's way of playing it safe? Yeah, pretty much. It's basically testing the waters for future Key releases on Steam, but I think it was a good call. Planetarian is a great introductory game for those interested in Visual Novels and worth a play for those veterans that somehow have not played this masterpiece. A great visual novel is when great music, quality writing, and eye catching art all come together to evoke emotions into the story. That is something Planetarian does well. It may not have “real gameplay” but it does have s story that is certainly worth your time to at least read once.

To Summarize:

Planetarian is still a quality Visual Novel many years after it's original release. Some aspects haven't aged well but the same quality story will always be intact. While Visual Novel's are understandably not everyone’s cup of tea, especially since all you do is read text for 3-5 hours, it's still worth a look if your interested. Especially if you snag this on sale sometime in the future.

Pros:
+Great Story With Some Standout Moments
+CG Art Still Holds Up
+Beautiful Soundtrack
+Some Fantastic Writing

Cons:
-Defiantly Not For Everyone
-No Replay Value
-Only 3-5 Hours Long
-Borders And Text Box Are Hideous

Overall:

7.5/10 (Recommended)
Posted: September 27
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0.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 19
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3.8 hrs on record
A simple, nice and sweet kinetic novel for those who want to enjoy a short yet emotional story..................anyway, prepare some tissues
Posted: October 20
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5.2 hrs on record
A short and beautiful story about a man who gains a new prospective on life with the help of a female robot.

Anybody that has seen the anime Clannad or Kanon will know that it will be a tearjecker.

Caution: prepare for a few tears.
Posted: October 17
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0.1 hrs on record
This game when compared to key's other games wasn't that sad......*crys in the corner*
Posted: October 17
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