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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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
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Dolfann
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Very Good VN. It wasn't too lengthy, but the story was very enjoyable and worth purchasing. There wasn't any choices, so it is more of a kinetic novel than anything, but it is still great nonetheless. The art is done well, all characters are voiced, and the music is top tier. Overall I rate 9/10.
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Scyther2000
( 40.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
My heart can't take much more of this. Curse you Visual Arts/Key!
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Novem
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
An enjoyable game that caused me to sacrifice sleep.
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Lysogi
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Amazing and short VN! 10/10
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Kawaii Senpai
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Well Key you have done it again: managed to make me cry. God damn it.
Seriously, though, a short yet sweet VN that will have you thinking about what it is to be human, and finding hope amidst despair.
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Konstrix
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Wonderful story that will undoubtedly pull on the heart strings.
Also has a very good soundtrack.
Definitely play it if you like well written, emotional storylines with excellent characters.
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Alex The Onion
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
The story is made by Key so get your tissues ready...

Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ is great VN with a thought provoking story that will stay in your heart for long.
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Shegzor
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
This is a story about a grumpy, nameless junker and Hoshino Yumemi, a cute little robot that is the most beautiful human being in existance.

I admit I was a bit turned off at first due to lack of widescreen and gamepad support, and the linear nature of the story (might as well read a book, no?), but all those grievances quickly faded as I got further into the game.

The voice acting is great, the music and art are beautiful in their simplicity and fit great together with the highly emotional story (If you watched Angel Beats, it kinda feels like episode 10). The game is a stark reminder that, for all the good things humanty has achieved in our brief existance, we are now more than ever on the verge of losing it all.

PROS:
+ Beautiful story
+ Nice art
+ Fitting music
+ "A sub-brand of VisualArt's, Key are also famed for creating Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Little Busters!, Rewrite, and Angel Beats!"

CONS:
- Very short
- Linear
- No widescreen or gamepad support
- "A sub-brand of VisualArt's, Key are also famed for creating Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Little Busters!, Rewrite, and Angel Beats!"

IMO, every world leader should be forced to play this VN before being sworn in.
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~(-_- ~) NagatoStarShip ~(-_- ~)
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~

9/10 -myself

Just finished the game and I must say, it is a really touching visual novel from Key.
Post apocalyptic story driven by a kawaii girl and a curiosity to find out what is going on in the world.
Melancholic, joyful, fulfilling, and Hope is what this visual novel contains.

-PRO-
Full Japanese voice acting.
Immersive story.
All songs arranged by Magome Togoshi, except where noted.
Polished CG images.

-CON-
Outdated interface
Font subtitles sometimes awkward.


One of Key's shorter visual novels but really lives up to the Key namesake and reputation for making excellent and touching visual novels.

Key note... "Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~" 5 episode ONA ANIME July 7, 2016 – scheduled
and Movie "Planetarian: Hoshi no Hito" September 3, 2016 Both Japan Release dates.

"Why don't you come to the planetarium?"






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Hoshino Yumemi
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
"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."
The best composition of which I have just read. I cried.
10/10
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jan.nekvapil
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Great storytelling and atmosphere. Linear story without choices is very good choice by creators in this case.
Tissues missing in the system requirements ^^
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Lyonesse
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Planetarian is a beautiful sci-fi post-apocalyptic visual novel about hope in a world filled with despair. It has a great voice action and very melancholic soundtrack, that matches pretty well with the plot.

The story features a Junker (a scavenger of abandoned, old cities) who takes shelter in an abandoned planetarium in a city long abandoned by it's previous occupants. He is looking for food, drink and cigarettes while avoiding hostile warmonger robots, patrols, sentries and other Junkers. In the Planetarium, he encounters a sweet and dedicated robot called Hoshino Yumemi who sees the Junker as one of the visitors. Their relationship evolves into a deep and beautiful story of friendship, which makes this Visual Novel one of the best currently available in Steam.

I shed tears and you'll probably shed tears as well, be prepared.
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~Chrissy♫
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Beautiful, sad and short little visual novel without choices. Recommended if you're looking for a sweet little story. The story is pretty touching, I nearly cried. ^^' It also has japanese voice acting which is a pro for me but well some people aren't into that.

So if you think this would fit your taste I would recommend buying it on sale. c:
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Midas Bois
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
I buy during the sales prior the good review. Really good story
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zio
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
The feels are strong with this one.
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REVOLVERMAN
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Make sure that you have tissues around because you will need them.
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Vidservent
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
A touching visual novel in the setting of an apocalyptic wasteland due to HUMANS!
If you do not shed a tear at all, you have no soul or your tear ducts are broken :3
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3.141592
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I didn't find myself attached to the characters, or the story. A nice idea, but kind of dull to read through.

I liked the execution of it though, and I didn't feel like it was forcing poetry at me either. I just had no attachment to anyone/thing involved, which was too bad.
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Nicholaslimck
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
When just the music is enough to summon tears, I can't reccomend a work of art like planetarian more. It may be short, but just sit back, have some tissues nearby and set the game on auto.
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Encik
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
i will cry again because when i play lonesome road in fallout nv. same feeling, same feeling.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Well Key you have done it again: managed to make me cry. God damn it.
Seriously, though, a short yet sweet VN that will have you thinking about what it is to be human, and finding hope amidst despair.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Beautiful, sad and short little visual novel without choices. Recommended if you're looking for a sweet little story. The story is pretty touching, I nearly cried. ^^' It also has japanese voice acting which is a pro for me but well some people aren't into that.

So if you think this would fit your taste I would recommend buying it on sale. c:
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
A touching visual novel in the setting of an apocalyptic wasteland due to HUMANS!
If you do not shed a tear at all, you have no soul or your tear ducts are broken :3
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
"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."
The best composition of which I have just read. I cried.
10/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Make sure that you have tissues around because you will need them.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Planetarian is a beautiful sci-fi post-apocalyptic visual novel about hope in a world filled with despair. It has a great voice action and very melancholic soundtrack, that matches pretty well with the plot.

The story features a Junker (a scavenger of abandoned, old cities) who takes shelter in an abandoned planetarium in a city long abandoned by it's previous occupants. He is looking for food, drink and cigarettes while avoiding hostile warmonger robots, patrols, sentries and other Junkers. In the Planetarium, he encounters a sweet and dedicated robot called Hoshino Yumemi who sees the Junker as one of the visitors. Their relationship evolves into a deep and beautiful story of friendship, which makes this Visual Novel one of the best currently available in Steam.

I shed tears and you'll probably shed tears as well, be prepared.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~

9/10 -myself

Just finished the game and I must say, it is a really touching visual novel from Key.
Post apocalyptic story driven by a kawaii girl and a curiosity to find out what is going on in the world.
Melancholic, joyful, fulfilling, and Hope is what this visual novel contains.

-PRO-
Full Japanese voice acting.
Immersive story.
All songs arranged by Magome Togoshi, except where noted.
Polished CG images.

-CON-
Outdated interface
Font subtitles sometimes awkward.


One of Key's shorter visual novels but really lives up to the Key namesake and reputation for making excellent and touching visual novels.

Key note... "Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~" 5 episode ONA ANIME July 7, 2016 – scheduled
and Movie "Planetarian: Hoshi no Hito" September 3, 2016 Both Japan Release dates.

"Why don't you come to the planetarium?"






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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Made me cry...
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
The feels are strong with this one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
This is a story about a grumpy, nameless junker and Hoshino Yumemi, a cute little robot that is the most beautiful human being in existance.

I admit I was a bit turned off at first due to lack of widescreen and gamepad support, and the linear nature of the story (might as well read a book, no?), but all those grievances quickly faded as I got further into the game.

The voice acting is great, the music and art are beautiful in their simplicity and fit great together with the highly emotional story (If you watched Angel Beats, it kinda feels like episode 10). The game is a stark reminder that, for all the good things humanty has achieved in our brief existance, we are now more than ever on the verge of losing it all.

PROS:
+ Beautiful story
+ Nice art
+ Fitting music
+ "A sub-brand of VisualArt's, Key are also famed for creating Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Little Busters!, Rewrite, and Angel Beats!"

CONS:
- Very short
- Linear
- No widescreen or gamepad support
- "A sub-brand of VisualArt's, Key are also famed for creating Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Little Busters!, Rewrite, and Angel Beats!"

IMO, every world leader should be forced to play this VN before being sworn in.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Wonderful story that will undoubtedly pull on the heart strings.
Also has a very good soundtrack.
Definitely play it if you like well written, emotional storylines with excellent characters.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Great storytelling and atmosphere. Linear story without choices is very good choice by creators in this case.
Tissues missing in the system requirements ^^
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
When just the music is enough to summon tears, I can't reccomend a work of art like planetarian more. It may be short, but just sit back, have some tissues nearby and set the game on auto.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
A bit slow in the beginning, and the robot keeps repeating similar phrases over and over again. I was getting as annoyed as the protagonist. But still a very good story, and the ending is a weepfest. A bargain considering it's voiced.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
i will cry again because when i play lonesome road in fallout nv. same feeling, same feeling.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
My heart exploded...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I wasn't sure about what to expect with one of these 'visual novels' but I love Anime and I love Japan so I thought why not?

The voice-acting is in Japanese. No English.

While the story does instil a sense of creeping dread about dwindling resources and keeps you wondering if the next moment will be the end.. most of the story is describing a world which I feel could have been done a bit better through anime or even more manga.

Even being a short story there's different levels to it and because it's well written I have to recommend it when it's on sale.

To sum it up without spoilers: The festering species on this planet decided to reach for the stars and were wiped out for their effort. It's all in a day's work.

You'd be horrified to find a dangerous fungus spreading out from your toilet bowl. First thing any decent person'd do is grab a bottle of bleach.

There, it may not quite be in-line with what the author intended but it fits suitably.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
The story is made by Key so get your tissues ready...

Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ is great VN with a thought provoking story that will stay in your heart for long.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Amazing and short VN! 10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
I buy during the sales prior the good review. Really good story
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