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  • Summary: Help Madeline survive her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of TowerFall.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Feb 6, 2018
    100
    Celeste’s optimism is refreshing, especially since it comes from within. It’s a call-and-response, a game that says Keep going! and waits for your next button press as confirmation, I will! You’re learning! and with every death, every obstacle stumbled against and overcome, you say I am! It’s a marriage of theme and mechanics so pure, so confident. And one hell of a platformer, too.
  2. Jan 25, 2018
    100
    Celeste is a surprise masterpiece. Its 2D platforming is some of the best and toughest since Super Meat Boy, with levels that are as challenging to figure out as they are satisfying to complete.
  3. Jan 29, 2018
    93
    Celeste is a charming, excellent platformer that becomes one of the first surprises of 2018. If you choose to play it, you’ll find a perfect gameplay, great ideas, amazing level design and a pretty interesting story.
  4. Jan 31, 2018
    90
    Celeste is special, because not only does it serve up a delight in precise platforming and environmental puzzle-solving, it also tells an emotional story of a girl trying to overcome her depression. While there are times where it feels like the mountain drains you of your will, it’s important to never stop pushing.
  5. Games Master UK
    Feb 22, 2018
    85
    An expertly designed, tough-as-nails platformer that rarely stumbles on its march to the summit. [March 2018, p.79]
  6. Edge Magazine
    Feb 1, 2018
    80
    The controls are exquisitely calibrated, giving you room to adjust your trajectory in mid-air. [March 2018, p.118]
  7. Feb 20, 2018
    74
    “They cannot be serious!” became my mantra with Celeste. I like a steep challenge, but this is way too much. While the retro platformer shows off some interesting ideas the fun largely depends on your capacity for suffering as well as patience. This is one of the hardest games out there. They cannot be serious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 5 out of 42
  1. Jan 28, 2018
    10
    This game is outstanding. One of the best games I've played to date. First off, the visuals and music are so polished and beautiful. I justThis game is outstanding. One of the best games I've played to date. First off, the visuals and music are so polished and beautiful. I just want every screen of this game as my background (the backgrounds are incredibly detailed and help make the game feel very polished) and I could listen to this music for hours. I mean, each level has it's own death transition! That should give you a taste of how much love the developers put into this game. The dialogue is incredibly charming and tells a story about complicated feelings so elegantly and with so much honesty (I mean, you can feel it through the dialogue). The gameplay is incredibly fluid and its difficulty curve is perfect (However, I am a platformer afficiando, so take that with a grain of salt). I mean, seriously. Just jumping around and dashing in an empty space feels amazing, and there are so many collectibles to find using these amazing controls! You can choose to play on assist mode, or complete the game 100% and have an outstanding time no matter what. This game simply gets everything right: from skippable cutscenes to counters that help see what you missed in a level. The B-sides are just as fun as the main story and there's secrets hiding in every corner. No secret makes you want to use a walkthrough; they are well-hidden, but also well telegraphed with fun little mini-challenges in them. There are so many cool, inventive mechanics to come across while traversing through in this game... and the level design... Oh, the level design! It's absolutely perfect. This game is incredible and a great start if you want to start playing hardcore platformers. Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2019
    10
    One of the best games I've ever played. It's hard as nails, but so well designed.

    Great, deep and polished game mechanics. Tight controls.
    One of the best games I've ever played. It's hard as nails, but so well designed.

    Great, deep and polished game mechanics.
    Tight controls.
    Awesome Music.
    Moving story.

    Can't ask more of a game.
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  3. Apr 5, 2018
    10
    Tight controls. Freaking awesome level design. Surprisingly interesting story. Best platformer in years.
  4. Jan 12, 2019
    10
    May be the best platformer I've ever played. The physics are just right and the core gameplay is so good it doesn't need millions of abilitiesMay be the best platformer I've ever played. The physics are just right and the core gameplay is so good it doesn't need millions of abilities and enemies to stay interesting. It also has one of the best soundtracks in gaming and a surprisingly great story. Expand
  5. Apr 17, 2018
    9
    this game is very challenging , great pixel art graphics, nice music,
    almost every thing about this game is good
  6. Jul 16, 2018
    8
    Celeste
    A great game, just not for me
    Celeste is one of those ultra frustrating platformers where you play a girl named madeline trying to
    Celeste
    A great game, just not for me
    Celeste is one of those ultra frustrating platformers where you play a girl named madeline trying to climb mount celeste for reasons unknown to her, the story focuses primarily on depression, anxiety, and will power… the latter 2 will definitely be tested if you choose to play celeste the way it was intedned to be played..
    And in its intended state, I just don’t like it.. im not one of those people that enjoy dying 1 million times in a video game, I want to relax and enjoy my games, not be on the brink of going mad…
    Thankfully this game offers an assist mode to deal with this..
    I gave the game a shot for how it was meant to be, you get a single dash though crystals and strawberries will refill this gash, you can climb walls and it’s a bunch of dashing and doging spikes supermeat boy style..
    it didn’t take long for me to be like nah, im not doing this.. and played the rest of the game with assists on…
    at first with just infinite dodges, but this game my character some super saiyan pink hair to give the visual of clearly im cheating right now, so I thought might as well turn damage off too..
    so whats meant to be some ultra hard game for sadomasochists for me was an exploration game and I feel no shame in that, I got the story, I got to see every inch of celeste, collecting the baries, the crystal hearts, the cassetes to unlock the side b version of a chapter and better yet playing with assist doesn’t turn trophies off, and this trophy list is full of silver trophies for finding these collectables…
    Needless to say playing with assists does take away the satisfaction of completing chapters and areas..
    I got to get a feel for the games intention the most while trying to get a trophy for completing celeste on pico-8, that’s right, the devolopers are evil jerks.. I got to level 27 out of 30 before I gave up on the trophy and the platinum, so don’t think with assist mode this is all of a sudden some easy platinum trophy because it isn’t… mount celeste is going to be in your way of it one way or another..
    somehow nearly 25% of players have this trophy though, I don’t see how. The game must have only sold like 4 copies and the one person that got it is a developer or their parents just didn’t love them.
    jokes, im kidding..
    im just not one of those people that think, you know what would be fun?
    dying over and over and over and over and over and over until muscle memory and luck prevent me from doing so,
    Its not my thing…
    that being said I do again still see the greatness in this game, the brilliant level design, the brutal difficulty, the option to skip the difficulty and just explore, a great trophy list aside from the pico 8 bit..
    Celeste is a really great package for people that love retro games, stress, or trophies
    I give Celeste an 8/10
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  7. Jul 16, 2018
    0
    Very overrated. Music is simple, gameplay is rough, and characters aren't so interesting and deep as everyone says.

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