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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July 7

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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
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Dellow
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Very touching and thought provoking visual novel. Beautiful soundtrack and voice acting.

If you have any interest in VN's give it a try.

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Sarnlest
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Honestly I did not think Key could pull off such a heart rending visual novel with such a short duration, but they have once again torn my heart out. If you have enjoyed any of Key's other work, or just want to play a VN with a TON of feels, you really can't go wrong here.
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Divinelite
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
finish the game quickly before the airing anime reach my progression.

planetarian is a short story yet a great story on its own.
for the new people who into visual or kinetic novel, this title is a good start.
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Mogek0n
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Big names, any preceeding projects you've made as a developer which have managed to be a hit, can be a great way to lure a fanbase into expecting or anticipating your next possible product.
As such, I saw those familiar, renowned names of creations which have cautivated many hearts, NOT including mine.
I decided to give this a try, unsurprisingly, since I can't get my money back, I can only write down why this VN has failed my expectations, specially for the creations that came before it.

Story

Quite simple, maybe shallow and cliché one could even argue, it could still be amazing, but throughout the VN, you are only fed info on how things went down by very limited paraghaphs and moments that barely relate to the present besides being short "flashbacks".
One could argue the Robot gal is the focus, if that's the case, what happens around her is so dreadfully repetitive that is just a chore to experience, as bottom-line, is Poorly focused and Uninteresting for 9/10 of the time.

Cast

To start, abysmally small, two people is all this VN has to offer, 1 and 1/2 since you barely learn about yourself.
Your persona is just a whiny and old-fashioned war-torn grump, contrasted by the cheerful, but way too cloying Robot.
As such, Exceedingly limited and maybe too drastic for viewer's pleasure.

Writing

If I can praise something is the absence of any kind of Typos, vocabulary is pretty well diversed and does a great job to explain things to you whenever the situations arises.
However, it does take its sweet time with completely unrelated and meaningless dumps of information about the past, You do learn and spend enough time with the Robot to make the end sad enough, so is just Roller-coaster'y.

Graphics

The Robot girl is the peak of quality, that pretty much sums it up.
The Atmosphere built visually rarely ever attempts to be unnerving or post-apocalyptic, unless you consider the abundancy of empty places a sign of the upcoming Armageddon.
At this is just outright lazy, plastering White or Black screens at vital moments or making you stare to a static image for around 1 min without variation.

Soundtrax

By itself, it has some pretty catchy tunes and a few more sentimental, melodic ones for those rare instances.
However by itself, consider the tone the game takes, is good music, but very unfitting overall, a dystopian building is accompanied by the most cheerful of tunes, and tense moments are musically accompanied by static noises or 5-sec loops.

Duration

For a VN, while not extremely short, it does have a pretty limited Duration, no Alternatives for replay value, what you see for the first time is what you'll see every single time with no variation.

tl;dr

You do not have anything to gain from this, the Price does not reflect the time of the VN you'll be enjoying to the fullest, Get it if you want the bragging rights of having a VN from well-known names, otherwise, don't bother with it.

As such, I shall grant this game the dreaded...
Bucket of Raindrops/10
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CoolTrigger7
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Surprisingly heartwrenching. An excellent dystopian science fiction story with a painfully touching excecution.
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Dunciboy
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Really good story line as to be expect from a VisualArts/key game. This game was really touching and the animations that are included are well done like the constant down pour of rain.

Even though this visual novel is fairly short and has no choices it's gives you a complete decent story that will touch you in the heart. The ending is beautifull, so I hope you all enjoy it as well as I did.

Conclusion: if you cry easly get tissues. If not brace yourselves for the feels.
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melodey
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Key, such an amazing studio. I don't do reviews nor am I good at them but I wanted to leave my thoughts somewhere for this particular one so....ye

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.


Albeit this catchphrase can become slightly annoying after a while, it is very well utilized throughout the story imo.It reminds me that the girl is most definitively a mere robot whose sole purpose is to entertain the customers of the planetarium she works in.
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic setting, in a city of bereft of life and of never-ending rain. Unable to assess the consequences war brought to humanity, she can only act the way she has always been programmed to act. The sight of an innocent robot practicing her usual greeting speech in the emptiness, waiting for a customer to pass by left me with a tint of sadness.

The little chitter chatter that compose the majority of Planetarian lays out the character development for the main character. A man broken by war and stripped of all emotions, simply set on survival, meets a robot built for a world devoid of harm, just how annoyed could he be upon this encounter? As a Key game, it was no mystery that it would end up in feels agh...He slowly would get attached to this broken robot. The turning point being obviously the projection of the planetarium. To a man who lived his entire life under the storming clouds, millions of twinkling stars must've been a glimpse of hope, telling him this world can still be saved...

This is the first time I played a visual novel (if you can exclude nekopara =.=), and the voice-acting and especially the BGM impressed me. If I think of a few scenes, the songs would start playing back inside my head as if imprinted onto the story. They emphasized the sad parts and the light-hearted parts, separating them perfectly. I'm glad the developpers included a music mode, if I ever feel like getting sad ಠ~ಠ. The animations and art are somewhat more of an older style and the story is short, but that doesn't mean anything bad and I enjoyed this vn :)
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Hoshizora
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
I didn't feel anything, because I'm broken. :D
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Shiv
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
You will cry robot tears.
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InfinitePeace
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Nice feels trip you go on if you watch/read this VN. I recommend because it is a good polished VN with a feels trip.

10 dollars may be a bit much, it's a bit short. But it's a good read.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
The BEST Visual Novel I have ever seen.
A wonderful Sci-Fi AVG about a female robot who is similar with Asimov's.
Have finished it before and purchased it for the first time I saw it on Steam.
It's a sad but warm story in the wasteland.
It's one kind of the futures which may come true.
According to the 2001: A Space Odyssey which is a film produced in 1968, we thought we would have already built a huge Space Station or permanent bases on moon and would have the ability of sending manned spacecrafts to Jupiter controlled by an advanced A.I. in 2001.
Well, it's 2016 today and what have we done? A MUCH smaller one called I.S.S.?
In the past, we had predicted the future in a overly optimistic way and is there anyone can promise that we are not doing the same now?
That's why I fully immerse myself in the setting of the story. It's probably a real story in our future.
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BTW, the game totally refresh my impression in hard S.F. of the Key.
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The game is only a part of the world of the Planetarian. Read the Novel(script?) and you will have some insight into the whole world of it.
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The animated version of Planetarian will be released tomorrow.
It's worth watching.
I promise.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Absolutely heartbreaking.. ;-;

This game had me in tears at the end.

The music was fantastic, along with a very interesting storyline.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
I found this title when someone mentioned it in a review for OPUS and bought it for the Steam Summer Sale 2016. Soon afterward come to find out it was turned into an anime. In anycase, this is a good VN that has aged well in looks, function, story, and music; and will take around 2-4 hours for you to get through.

I'll legit say this made me tear up a little.


"...Why don'y you come to the planetarium?"
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
It's not a game. And it's not very long either. But i cried. Simply beautiful.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Are you a sadist?

Have you ever wanted your heart ripped out of your chest, stomped on, and then lit on fire?

Then look no further, because this game is definitely for you.

heaven/10 - prepare to die a lot inside.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Very touching and thought provoking visual novel. Beautiful soundtrack and voice acting.

If you have any interest in VN's give it a try.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
"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."

Beautiful art and music paired with a bittersweet story make this a well-worth read for people looking for a huge amount of feels packed in a short (~2.5-4h) kinetic novel package.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Really good short VN. Definitely worth playing.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I recommend this game CONDITIONALLY. I have never completed a Visual Novel game before so maybe this is genre is not my type, but having said that, I did find the story enjoyable.

Pros:
- Soundtrack is pretty nice. VAs were great too.
- Plot was hard to follow at first, but after understanding a bit more of the plot, the story was pretty nicely written. Great world building.
- Ending

Cons:
- I hated the formatting of the English letters. There were times here I can't tell if a word is connected to another or vice versa. It's really distracting.
- Somepart in the middle was kinda boring imo.

Overall I'd recommend this if you're already familiar with the VN genre. But I'm relatively new to this and I should say that I wasn't very sold especially with the price + play time in consideration. Still if you happen to find this game interesting and on sale, then it's a great little VN that may be worth your time.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
"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."

Simply, a better VN cannot exist. An absolute must for any human-kind that has a steam account.
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