planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ is an all-ages kinetic novel by Key, a company under VisualArt’s. You may have heard of Key as they have also produced Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Rewrite and are working on the Angel Beats! visual novel. The official translation of planetarian has already been released for iOS but the Steam release marks the first time it’s been available on PC. Another major point is that this is the Memorial Edition which Key first released as part of the Key 10th Memorial Box, so it is fully voiced with Suzuki Keiko (Haruka and Kanata from Little Busters!) as Hoshino Yumemi and Ono Daisuke (Yukito from the anime adaptation of AIR) as the Junker.
planetarian is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where Rain (acid rain) has been falling continuously. Junkers raid empty towns in search for anything valuable. This particular Junker with low ammunition and supplies finds himself inside a planetarium with a robot girl, Hoshino Yumemi.
I enjoyed playing through planetarian despite it being my second time. I felt that the Junker’s voice definitely adds to the experience, for example, in the first half you can tell his impatience at having to talk to a robot who doesn’t seem to know about anything outside of the planetarium. Although planetarian is a short game (it took me around 3 hours to complete), it provides thorough descriptions of the world inside and out of the planetarium. The music matches well with the planetarium setting, with Gentle Jena being the most iconic track from the OST. Features such as Music Mode and CG Gallery are available after you complete the game. The options interface is simple but covers the basics such as save, load, auto mode and sound volume.
Overall, I can definitely recommend this kinetic novel for anyone who enjoys a touching storyline. For people who haven’t played a visual novel before, this is a good place to start because of its short length and you may have sampled a few of Key’s works through the anime adaptations. There’s also a discount for planetarian during the first week of release so give it a go, all the stars in the sky are waiting for you~