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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. Aug 29, 2019
    100
    Celeste is undoubtedly a modern masterpiece. Its mix of reactionary platforming and problem solving is a breath of fresh air. Its Assist Mode is ahead of the curb in an industry constantly discussing accessibility. The way it masterfully weaves its emotional story about mental health with its brutal difficulty is astounding. Hours of extra content, one of the best soundtracks of all time and neat art is only the icing on the cake for this indie gem.
  2. Feb 8, 2018
    100
    The frustration of dying for the thousandth time finds its counterweight in the gorgeously fluid ballet of a perfect run. With a wonderfully evocative soundtrack and a whole host of creative ideas and plenty of additional challenges beyond the main campaign, Celeste manages to cram in a whole lot of goodness without ever missing a step. Fans of tricky platformers will find much to love in the game's design, but it's also a perfect starting point for anyone new to the genre — perhaps even those actively averse to it. In short, it's a bit of a masterpiece.
  3. 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.
  4. Feb 9, 2018
    100
    Celeste is ... like heaven. The level design is fantastic, artistically takes your breath away and playability is perfect. It's highly complicated, especially after the first round, but very satisfying. Celeste itself explains why "indie games" exist.
  5. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    The best indie platformer since Super Meat Boy, but also one of the best storytelling experiences of recent years – with an incisive and thoughtful portrayal of mental illness.
  6. Feb 6, 2018
    90
    Developer Matt Makes Games’ previous release was TowerFall, the archery-themed four-player battle royale. With its single-player focus and touching narrative, Celeste might seem like an odd follow-up. However, like TowerFall, Celeste features polished and intense action that makes it easy to love and hard to put down.
  7. Feb 11, 2018
    82
    Celeste surprised us with its tight and challenging but very rewarding gameplay, coupled with a deep story and great level design. Sometimes you can feel lost in the game's vast areas and it could have used a more diversified gameplay, but it's definitely a game to have for lovers of 2D platform games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 70
  2. Negative: 4 out of 70
  1. Mar 23, 2018
    10
    One of the best games I've played in my life. It just seems like everything is perfect in Celeste. From the tight controls and gameplay alwaysOne of the best games I've played in my life. It just seems like everything is perfect in Celeste. From the tight controls and gameplay always reinforced with new interesting concepts to the characters which are likable and feel real and the story which is nothing too special but still interesting and well executed to a beautiful soundtrack combined with a breathtaking pixel look crafted with great attention to detail.

    But one of the most crucial aspects that make this game great is the difficulty. It's always hard and rewarding but doesn't force itself to be overly hard like other games of the genre like The End is Nigh or Super Meat Boy. There are always harder versions of the levels and many collectibles which make those loving death or exploring happy. Overall the developers have found a great balance between easy and difficult and for those that still find it too hard to enjoy there's always the really well done Assist Mode that makes the game easier the way you like and is completely customizable.
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  2. Nov 5, 2021
    10
    One of the best platformers out there. Can get really really hard at times, but a fantastic journey throughout.
  3. Oct 3, 2022
    10
    A game that touched my soul, its challenging platforming, the soundtrack that is so beautiful and cheerful, everything in general about theA game that touched my soul, its challenging platforming, the soundtrack that is so beautiful and cheerful, everything in general about the game is perfect, I can't see a bad point no matter how hard I try, A game that everyone should enjoy at least once in their life, because this game helped me in many things with its endearing characters and positivity, a perfect game without hesitation. Expand
  4. Apr 26, 2021
    9
    Beautiful artstyle, great soundtrack and amazing but simple gameplay. These are the three elements of Celeste. If you are a fan ofBeautiful artstyle, great soundtrack and amazing but simple gameplay. These are the three elements of Celeste. If you are a fan of platformers, this is a must play. The only minus is the fact that you need to find and finish a few secret levels to go forward with the story. Expand
  5. Jan 27, 2018
    9
    Retro platformers is a genre that I’ve been interested in ever since I was a child and there have certainly been some classics over theRetro platformers is a genre that I’ve been interested in ever since I was a child and there have certainly been some classics over the year’s, but in my opinion this genre has lost its way in recent years. Thankfully Celeste has reminded me why I love this particular genre so much and for me it’s pretty much perfect in every single way. Obviously the most important thing about a platformer is the platforming itself and thankfully everything here has been done to perfection. Each little movement feels great and the amount of immersion the platforming creates is simply wonderful. The controls definitely play a part in making the platforming play great, and they’ve done a great job of keeping things very tight and responsive throughout. Throughout your time with the game you will notice a number of different mechanics in play at the same time and each different mechanic plays a part in creating a unique adventure. Another very important aspect in a game like this is the level design, and thankfully I can say the levels are superb. Each level plays differently from each other and there are a lot of clever concepts in each level and this without a doubt keeps things fresh and makes you want to carry on, which is very important. This is very important because the game can be extremely difficult and you will die a lot of times, so there is a little frustration but it wasn’t enough to stop me from playing and that’s great because in terms of content the game offers you a decent amount and you will enjoy this game for multiple hours. The presentation side of the game created a lot of fond memories for me and it’s certainly packed with a lot of charm. Visually the game screams retro and when you combine that with the excellent sound design then you get a game that takes you down memory lane, but it also has a modern feel to it at the same time which is awesome. At the end of the day I expected a lot from Celeste and it’s managed to reach my lofty expectations and some, which is very impressive to say the least. Everything about the game just clicks and I can see it being on a lot of people’s game’s of the year list come the end of the year. If you love old-school platformers then this is an absolute must buy and it should definitely be included on the best platformers of all time list. Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2019
    8
    Celeste is one of the most well made video games I've ever played. I suck at ultra hard 2D platformers but even I was able to fully finishCeleste is one of the most well made video games I've ever played. I suck at ultra hard 2D platformers but even I was able to fully finish this game because it's so expertly designed. When you fail, you instantly get another chance to try again and learn from your mistakes until you nail the level perfectly. The level design here is insane, the music is on point, the art style is dope, the accessibility options are rich, I think everyone should give this game a try. Expand
  7. Dec 17, 2018
    0
    I didn’t pay hundreds of dollars for a superior game system to have graphics that look like they were developed in the 1800’s. There isI didn’t pay hundreds of dollars for a superior game system to have graphics that look like they were developed in the 1800’s. There is *nothing* charming or innovative about a boring platform game with a horrible retro look. I also believe that Metacritic is getting far too political in their reviews. I rarely read or rely on them any longer. Expand

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