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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. Negative: 13 out of 129
  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. Mar 12, 2020
    10
    Amazing platformer game that is chalenging and adds more new and fun and interesting mechanics as you play.
  3. Dec 4, 2020
    10
    Outstanding 2D-Platformer game filled with challenges. Art style and music are beautiful, gameplay is smooth and it's feels so good to play. AOutstanding 2D-Platformer game filled with challenges. Art style and music are beautiful, gameplay is smooth and it's feels so good to play. A friend told me about this game, and I'm so grateful I got to play this fantastic game thanks to him. It is one of the best 2D-Platformer I played in a while, very refreshing experience and I recommend everyone to play it! Expand
  4. Nov 26, 2019
    9
    Celeste es un juego muy entretenido y divertido, es un juego para aquellos que buscan un buen desarrollo de los personajes y también unCeleste es un juego muy entretenido y divertido, es un juego para aquellos que buscan un buen desarrollo de los personajes y también un desafío, a pesar de la dificultad del juego, no es nada imposible, la aventura vale la pena Expand
  5. Mar 4, 2020
    9
    It's been a while since I had the chance to play a genuinely challenging platformer that requires you to think. With similar gameplay to OriIt's been a while since I had the chance to play a genuinely challenging platformer that requires you to think. With similar gameplay to Ori and the Blind Forest, the story and setting in this game are more lighthearted in nature and the complex level designs keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire journey.

    It is evident that Celeste was designed not to be fancy or overly complex. It's just a platformer, and a fun one at that. Every level you beat feels satisfying, and even more so as the levels get harder and harder. It's been a long time since my hands legitimately sweated from gaming, and I find that downright incredible.

    I will warn that this game might not be suitable for everyone, since many levels need split-second decision making. If you're not a fast-paced gamer, you may want to preview some gameplay first before buying. According to Steam, 50% of gamers couldn't get past halfway. Luckily, there is an "Assist Mode" available which essentially provides cheats to make the game easier to play, so if you do experience trouble, feel free to use them.

    Be sure to find the minigame "PICO-8" that is hidden inside Celeste. It is a whole different version of Celeste that provides more stages for you to play which are even harder than the main game. The unlockable B-Sides and C-Sides of the chapters also provide completely different levels and a huge jump in difficulty and challenge.

    I had this game at 10/10 for the longest time but eventually dropped it to a 9/10 because Chapter 7C was pure torture and virtually impossible to beat. I actually experienced carpal tunnel trying to grind that chapter. I can accept progressively harder levels, but when they turn sadistic, that's when I draw the line. Sure, the chapter is optional, but an imperfect game is an imperfect game. (This actually reminds me of Super Cloudbuilt and its secret developer levels, because they were impossibly hard and left me disappointed.)
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  6. Nov 17, 2020
    8
    Bu tarz 2d aksiyon platform oyunlarında oynadıkça hikayenin ve karakterin gelişim ve değişimini pek hissetmezsiniz. Ancak bu çok önemliBu tarz 2d aksiyon platform oyunlarında oynadıkça hikayenin ve karakterin gelişim ve değişimini pek hissetmezsiniz. Ancak bu çok önemli oynanış mekaniklerini vermekte bile aceleci davranmıyor ve başarılı bir macera yaşatıyor. Expand
  7. Apr 5, 2020
    0
    It had potential, but it is just plain repetetive boring. Chapter nine is just a slap in the face when you just want to complete this nightmare.

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