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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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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 25, 2018
    100
    The greatest triumph of Celeste is that its best-in-class jumping and dashing is blended beautifully with an important and sincere story and an incredible soundtrack that make it a genuinely emotional game, even when your feet are planted firmly on the ground.
  2. Jan 29, 2018
    93
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 26, 2018
    90
    Building on Towerfall's sublime movement mechanics, this nails the flow of leaping through levels. A story peppered with endearingly earnest characters, makes this fantastic adventure a triumph. [March 2018, p.92]
  4. Mar 19, 2018
    90
    Celeste is an beautiful, optimistic game about how triumph can outweigh any number of failures. It's about reconciling your pain, frustrations and defeats. It's about getting better, in every sense.
  5. Mar 14, 2018
    85
    Celeste is one of the most entertaining 2D platformers in recent years. It'll defeat you from time to time, but its inviting controls, level design, and presentation will keep you coming back until you persevere and overcome every challenge thrown your way.
  6. Jan 27, 2018
    80
    Celeste is a wonderful precision platformer that does far more than simply challenge your dexterity. While there's plenty of intense screen-hopping to enjoy, it's offset by a well-told, personal story that softens the hard edged gameplay with some great slower moments. What's more, you can enjoy the story even if you're struggling with the platforming using the Assist Mode to bend the game's difficulty to your liking. The action is super smooth (though we did have to battle with the dash on occasion), there are lots of secrets to uncover, and it looks and sounds great. Even with some rare bugs, fans of both a steep challenge and a heartfelt narrative will find a lot to like about Celeste.
  7. Feb 27, 2018
    80
    Celeste has a couple of hiccups in its aesthetics and tech, but the core of what Matt Thorson and his team have made contains a wonderful story of endurance and resilience for both the characters and the player, that begs not to be missed.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 77
  2. Negative: 8 out of 77
  1. Feb 26, 2018
    10
    Celeste is, without a doubt, not just one of the best platformers ever made, but one of the best games ever made. Period. It delivers in justCeleste is, without a doubt, not just one of the best platformers ever made, but one of the best games ever made. Period. It delivers in just about every conceivable area: gameplay, music, story, you name it. This is one of the finest games ever made, and you would be crazy not to give it a try. The game not only respects your time (it saves your progress on every new screen), but also presents a level of difficulty that is admittedly tough, but oh so rewarding, since you learn more and more as you play. The most frustrating thing about Celeste is that I'll never have the chance to play it for the first time again. Yeah folks, it's that good. Platforming perfection that's also a great, satisfying challenge. Expand
  2. Jul 4, 2020
    10
    Celeste is a great game that for me has the full package. It comes with a great toolset for movement, a great story with an endearing cast andCeleste is a great game that for me has the full package. It comes with a great toolset for movement, a great story with an endearing cast and heaps of replayability. What Celeste truly excels at from a gameplay perspective is by giving you a simple toolset and over the game, rather than expand on the toolset instead gives a great deal of depth to the center piece that is the dash, as a player you are given puzzles that require you to manipulate the rules of the game in ways that causes you to teach yourself more advanced movements. This allows for a brilliant sense of progression within the player, so that when the dash gets expanded in the final story chapter it opens up a numerous amount of options that, if the game gave you this early on, wouldn't cross a player's mind.

    The story is something that I think needs to be experienced on a player by player basis, it's got a lot of themes of mental health and empowerment, but beyond that are some really great metaphors within the levels. Madeline, the games protagonist, has a really great arc, which whole I'm not going to go into any depth here, allows for the players sense of progression to align with Madeline's own progression on her journey.

    The difficulty, to me at least, is the cherry on top. To start with, I would recommend using the D-pad for Madeline's movement, it's clear the game was designed to be controlled this way, and as such it is significantly more precise than the analogue stick. Anyway to the point, the difficulty works to enhance the experience, don't get me wrong the game can definitely be frustrating, (especially in two of the longest screens in one of the bonus levels as well as the bonus chapter that was added as a later patch) but if the game was initially presented to be a breeze I feel like a lot of the work that was clearly put in to cause the gameplay and story to compliment each other wouldn't work anywhere near as well. As such when you overcome these challenges it gives you the player a great sense of accomplishment.

    This sense of accomplishment is I think the greatest thing about this game, not on a technical level but more so on a metaphysical one. The game is beautifully paced as to allow the challenge to grow incrementally, so the first chapter or two are spent learning controls as well as how some basic things interact, after that however is where the game reaches its stride. It starts focusing on the expectation that you are improving and as such the games 'screens' require more precise movements and timings. It seems pretty clear to me that the gameplau has to core layers to it, that being puzzle solving and execution. These two layers offer a great variety of challenges that are presented, and this aspect of the game truly comes to shine in the post story missions. (B and C sides, also farewell but that's a different beast entirely) The post story levels are entirely optional and exist as a way to challenge yourself, these are great and it's incredible coming from the hardest level in the game and going to the very beginning. At that point it becomes clear the journey that this game put you through.

    On a final point Celeste added a final chapter known as farewell. This is an incredibly difficult level that also has essentially a new story with different themes. In this sense added to length is effectively doubles to base story's content. It surpasses the difficulty of every bonus level aside from maybe 7C (if you know, you know) and requires you to use movement techniques that while fully useable before, were normally only used for speedruns. It's a crazy level that can easily become frustrating, I would recommend doing this after all the bonus levels, it's playable after competing the epilogue chapter, and while there is a wall to stop progress at a certain point if you haven't done bonus levels, the initial step up in challenge from the eighth chapter to farewell is huge and may cause you to fall off with the game if not prepared.
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  3. Sep 6, 2021
    10
    This game is a masterpiece...
    The story is pretty deep with lovable characters and good platforming mechanics with creative level design.
    This game is a masterpiece...
    The story is pretty deep with lovable characters and good platforming mechanics with creative level design. Definitely a must have if you're a platform gamer
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  4. Feb 17, 2019
    9
    Gameplay/Mechanics: 9
    Sound/Music: 10
    Graphics/Art: 9
    Story/Atmosphere: 10
    OVERALL: 9.5
  5. Nov 28, 2018
    9
    Один из лучших платформеров, вышедших за последнее время. В игре встречаются различного рода объекты для взаимодействия, что делает игруОдин из лучших платформеров, вышедших за последнее время. В игре встречаются различного рода объекты для взаимодействия, что делает игру связующим звеном между классической головоломкой и платформером. Все это дополняется отличным визуальным и музыкальным сопровождением, так что я смело могу рекомендовать эту игру к прохождению. Expand
  6. Feb 26, 2022
    8
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  7. Jan 15, 2020
    0
    I read a lot of reviews from several trust worthy sites and sources. Celeste received very high acclaim. Make no mistake, this game is aI read a lot of reviews from several trust worthy sites and sources. Celeste received very high acclaim. Make no mistake, this game is a common perfection engine (think "Super Meat Boy") but with a thoughtful unique story. Buyers remorse hit me very quickly. I uninstalled the game and was left with a new distrust for game reviews online. I felt very disconnected from what seems like the popular opinion. Buy something else. Expand

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