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 (518 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
19 of 21 people (90%) 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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16 of 17 people (94%) 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
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
I cry.

Maybe it's late in the night.

Maybe I am alone.

I still cry after this fictional plight.




You probably know what you are in for when you buy this game. Seeing what game studio it comes from. Despite that, after a bit into the story, you should be able to guess what it's gonna be like at the end.

Despite it all, this VN still manage to deliver what it meant to. I snapped myself back to the reality as fast as I could after finishing the game. As not to dwell in such a touching, beautiful, tragic fiction that will shake your emotional stability.


Many movies and books have always tried to touch the concept of emotional connection between robot and human. This VN is one of lists that is on the very top. Although there might be occasions of which the realism is brought into question, it is a given for such a fiction.


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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Why don't you buy planetarian?
The beautiful story of a robot-girl that will never lose faith in humanity, no matter what.
All the feels in this game are waiting for you.
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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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