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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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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DeRockProject (jongyon7192p)
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 21
Look, if you're not a VN kinda guy (I know a lot of you aren't), then watch the 5 episode anime. It's such a good adaptation. Watch it, and after you're okay, buy this VN.

Oh god I'm dying.
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aquannete
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
I turn to ~the reverie of a little planet~ when I feel disappointed, mostly because I can feed on legit optimism and hopelessness .
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starlightinherwake
4.3 hrs
Posted: August 19
I didn't think I'd cry over a game about a robot and her planetarium, but here I am.

Key, true to form, has made yet another wonderful visual novel here. And, with the anime adaptation coming out, there's no better time to play this treasure of a game. The abridged version of the plot is, "Dude meets an upbeat robot girl in an abandoned town and learns about the stars--along with the power of friendship." It's so much more than that, obviously, but I don't want to get into spoilers! It's the kind of game where you should go in not knowing much.

I was pleasantly surprised; long story short, I got it on sale ($3) around March-ish, so I wasn't expecting much when I played it on a whim now. Though, the normal asking price, $9.99, isn't a stretch. It's an incredibly well-made game, and the production value is easily worth that.

This visual novel is short, and there's no decisions to make, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The player is taken along for a ride with this loving robot and her world-weary pal, the protagonist, for just the right amount of time. Not too long, not too little.

The voice acting, even if there's only 2 main characters, was stellar. You don't see the protagonist at all, nor do you get a name for him besides "Mr. Customer", but you get more than enough background through his memories, which do a wonderful job of worldbuilding. We have a lot of "showing, not telling", which I really appreciate. On that note, the writing was also charming, especially in the more poignant bits.

Plus, the CGs? The music? Lovely.

All in all, if you want a touching, moving experience, put aside 4 hours of your day to play this game. You won't regret it.
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shrek is love, shrek is live
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 17
feels here, feeels there. 5/7 would feels again
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mueller.james99
11.4 hrs
Posted: August 16
I thouroughly enjoyed this little story. The pacing was a bit slow around the middle, but I think that the concise story-line and details pertaining to "Mr Customers" backstory (and of course the post-apocolyptic setting) more than made up for it. The character dynamic and interaction was a bit stifled and repeditive at times (though that was part of Yumemis character) but its what makes their dialouge all the more touching as the story progresses. "Mr Customers" inner monolouge, while providing all necessary information, was lengthy at times, and I get the feeling the writers used it to stretch the story out longer than it needed to be.
They kept the story and characters simple, and didn't try to make any points about society or humanity, which I particularly appreciated. This one's a tear jerker to be sure. Overall, I really liked Planetarian, and if you are interested, it has been made into an anime available on Funimation (although the backstorys are cut out).

For all it's good points, there was one thing that all but ruined it for me. They chose to include a tune that while most likely unknown to people outside of the USA, is very much known within it, and is strictly associated with a particularly nasty religion, as it is a church hymn. The fact that they used it at some of the most emotional moments ruined the mood entirely. I was very dissappointed by this, and wish they had done more research. Oh well. I still recommend it.
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GoDZ
6.0 hrs
Posted: August 11
A very beautiful story. This version with the voice acting makes it even better.

Make sure you check out its prequel/sequel in the form of Drama CDs too!
Oh and the ONAs + upcoming film "Hoshi no Hito" as well :D
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Rockon Stratos
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 11
I cri everytiem. 11/10. Alter, Vertex, Koto, etc ...... Yumemi figure when!?!?!?
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Sekai
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 7
It was raining inside the game
Outside the game, the rain drops too



I'm inside my room, but i can feel the water
I wonder why.....
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Galactic Vendor
4.4 hrs
Posted: July 31
Beautiful robot, graphics, story, and fantastic music.
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蔡裕兴
4.3 hrs
Posted: July 29
i never would imagine i cry in this game

pros:
the story is so touching that really reflects us humans and our fault
it's definitely made me cry crocodile tears
easy archivement

cons:
the game run in crt monitor screen while if you own an 1080-4k monitor you seen black bar all over the side
game was too short,it left with the fate of mr customer.(clift hanger ending)
yumemi die protecting mr customer.
much like a dollar game but who cares.

10/10 would buy any key product again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I didn't think I'd cry over a game about a robot and her planetarium, but here I am.

Key, true to form, has made yet another wonderful visual novel here. And, with the anime adaptation coming out, there's no better time to play this treasure of a game. The abridged version of the plot is, "Dude meets an upbeat robot girl in an abandoned town and learns about the stars--along with the power of friendship." It's so much more than that, obviously, but I don't want to get into spoilers! It's the kind of game where you should go in not knowing much.

I was pleasantly surprised; long story short, I got it on sale ($3) around March-ish, so I wasn't expecting much when I played it on a whim now. Though, the normal asking price, $9.99, isn't a stretch. It's an incredibly well-made game, and the production value is easily worth that.

This visual novel is short, and there's no decisions to make, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The player is taken along for a ride with this loving robot and her world-weary pal, the protagonist, for just the right amount of time. Not too long, not too little.

The voice acting, even if there's only 2 main characters, was stellar. You don't see the protagonist at all, nor do you get a name for him besides "Mr. Customer", but you get more than enough background through his memories, which do a wonderful job of worldbuilding. We have a lot of "showing, not telling", which I really appreciate. On that note, the writing was also charming, especially in the more poignant bits.

Plus, the CGs? The music? Lovely.

All in all, if you want a touching, moving experience, put aside 4 hours of your day to play this game. You won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
A very beautiful story. This version with the voice acting makes it even better.

Make sure you check out its prequel/sequel in the form of Drama CDs too!
Oh and the ONAs + upcoming film "Hoshi no Hito" as well :D
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
It was raining inside the game
Outside the game, the rain drops too



I'm inside my room, but i can feel the water
I wonder why.....
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217 of 246 people (88%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
3,295.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
It's a nice & sweet short story I've read. Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ is made by the legendary company "Key", well known for creating Angel Beats!, Clannad and Little Busters! anime series. This game will guaranteed to touch you with the feels and make you cry.

Good points
- Fantastic character development & interactions between the two unique characters - The junker guy & Yumemi the gentle robot.
- Very well presented that will easily set your mind into the wonderful world of Planetarian.
- Delightful soundtrack & story. I love the soundtrack especially Gentle Jena, one of my favorite songs. The melody is so touching and charming. Listen to this piece & you'll be blown away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR4dw_B423E
- Beautiful illustrations. Yumemi looks pretty adorable & I like how it's suits her personally well.
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124 of 128 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Deep inside the old sarcophagus city, while searching for food, weapons, or resellable scraps, you make an unlikely discovery: What you'd assumed to be an abandoned military facility is actually a pre-war planetarium. And as it turns out, the custodian robot is still welcoming customers after all these years.

Let's talk about planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~.

It's a kinetic novel (a visual novel without any choices or other interactive game elements), so the only thing that the player/reader controls is the pace of the story. Do what you will with that information.

Originally developed by Key in 2004 and recently published on Steam by Sekai Project, this is widely considered a classic in the VN community, and a very worthwhile addition to the still meager selection of good visual novels on Steam. It's a short story about a world full of desolation, hopelessness, cynicism and resignation, and about a little robot girl who's immune to all of it. It's also about going stargazing in a world without stars.

The backgrounds and character sprites in planetarian are somewhat sparse in direct comparison to some of the more visually bombastic VNs out there. It is however very evocative, and with that it falls in line with the writing. The whole novel follows a slow pace -- never dragged out, but certainly deliberate. It leaves plenty of time for you and your own thoughts, and I urge you to take advantage of this invitation. I ended up with just over three hours of total playtime, which included some breathing room for the fantastic voice acting.

Any good visual novel swings in tune with its soundtrack, and planetarian is no exception. Opening with the music box lullaby "The World of the Stars" it immediately offers you a glimpse of its gentle mood. Tracks like "Song of Starflight" accentuate the day-to-day interactions of the main characters with a lax and childish air, while the perhaps most iconic song of the roster, "Gentle Jena", cushions some of the more tender scenes in an aura of warmth and belonging (and I would encourage you to keep that last one playing in the background while you read the rest of this review).

Visual novels as a medium don't lend themselves especially well to twitchy action stories, and despite the occasional surprise in that regard, the bulk of planetarian is about its characters and their interactions. Of the two main characters, only one actually appears on screen, and it would be a fair assessment to say that the story is about her, in several ways.

Yumemi (translated as "Reverie" in some localizations) is not the kind of quasi-human A.I. that we're used to from the likes of Cortana or EDI. She is a robot programmed for a very straightforward purpose. She oscillates between toddler-like naiveté at best, and robotic-algorithmic behavior at worst. So why do you entertain her thoughts of repairing the old projector? Why do you, a looter perpetually on the verge of starvation, end up tacking another night onto your stay at the old planetarium?

This story isn't about what Yumemi is, but about what she represents.

Spending valuable time and energy on a planetarium of all things should feel frivolous, yes, downright sacrilegious. But there is something peculiar inside you, easy to explain away as idle curiosity about the starry night sky that you only know from old people's stories. Something you probably didn't think you still had. They say there was a time before the war, before the planet was shrouded by a thick layer of acid clouds, when people were able to look at the stars whenever they wanted. When there was still a notion of mankind eventually travelling to, and settling on, foreign worlds.

Back when people still had hope for the future.

Yumemi was left behind at the beginning of the war, and despite not having had any sort of human contact in years, she diligently awaits the day's customers. There's only one thing she wants out of this existence, one thing she wants to do more than anything else in the world: to show you the stars.

The little robot girl, once built for the simple goal of caring for the planetarium's customers, ends up fulfilling a much grander purpose. Tucked away in her own little corner of a gray world inhabited by people who have forgotten what it means to be human, Yumemi is a shining beacon, a time capsule, a reminder that there is a star-filled sky right behind the acid clouds. Yumemi is the child, the lamb. She embodies innocence, childlike wonder, relentless optimism. Looking into her eyes, you cannot help but feel deeply ashamed for what the world has become.

What was it, then, that made you stay at the planetarium? Was it really just idle curiosity? Or is there more to this little thought in the back of your head after all? Do you feel in your stomach what the place emanates? Does Yumemi give you the strength to dare to form the words, that maybe, just maybe... there is some hope left in this world? That there is such a thing as "the future"?

You should read planetarian if you have any interest in visual novels, if you haven't experienced a good story in a while, if you like looking up at the stars and wondering what the future holds, or if that little spark deep inside you that is almost drowned by cynicism needs a little bit of nourishment. Wholeheartedly recommended.
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130 of 143 people (91%) found this review helpful
210 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
I only cried more when filling out my tax forms.
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113 of 123 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
planetarian may be a short story, but it is one that sticks with you in the back of your mind for a very long time. I still remember when I first finished planetarian years ago. It is as soul-crushing as it is beautiful, and the impact still holds up against the best of Key's catalogue critically acclaimed visual novels. Thematically, it shares many ties to Key's most recent game Rewrite, which could be interpreted as an attempt at expanding upon the themes introduced in this game in a grander narrative. With that in mind, I would definitely recommend the two as complimentary to each other. If you're perhaps new to visual novels in general, then planetarian is definitely a good place to start. It demonstrates some of the very best of what visual novels have to offer in a tiny package; a small taste of what you can look forward to in the world of visual novels. It's also serves as a great appetiser to Key's brand, something to prepare your palate for the main course of Key's much larger games. I'd recommend this game to anybody who appreciates a good story that touches on some really powerful themes. It's not for the faint of heart, but once you've managed to overcome the pain it's bound to put you through, you might come out with something you didn't have before.

Paragraph taken from my full review:
http://kazamatsuri.org/planetarian-the-reverie-of-a-little-planet-review/
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211 of 259 people (81%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
A Kinetic Novel by Key? On Steam? And you're reading reviews instead of insta-purchasing?

For shame.
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101 of 111 people (91%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
-Finished the game.
-Immediately search for Planetarium within the city.
-Can't find one...
-Looked up into the night sky.
-Saw 2 stars.
-Start crying.

Thanks Key, not only I can't eat dango and watch baseball without feeling sad.
Now I can't even look at the night sky the same way.

P.S: Buy this game on Steam if it's 75% off sale, unless you want to support the publisher/developer.
The game is only 5 hours long at most, and you can get it much cheaper on Itune store (It seems that not all Itune Store has the English ver, I know for sure that the Canadian Itune store has the English ver).
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141 of 175 people (81%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
i cried

Better than Fallout series
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