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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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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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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: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  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 16, 2019
    10
    Celeste is one of the best platforms games ever giving a good story for the characters with the reasons to go to climb Celeste mountain. ThisCeleste is one of the best platforms games ever giving a good story for the characters with the reasons to go to climb Celeste mountain. This game is so touching with the problems of Madeline and how she can overcome her problems with anxiety and depression. By the way, most of the people giving a low score is because they were bad players and didn't know the real commands to play the game. I know this is a retro game, giving more difficulty than many actual games. People nowadays are used to play easy games and I am a little upset with that.I am disappointed with the casual players who tried the game and did not learn to play it. Same with those who do not appreciate pixel art. It seems they never knew the true difficulty of the games that were years ago. I think that's a reason for giving a low score. Celeste is unique with the mechanics and I like the mechanics are different in other chapters. That makes the game less repetitive. On the other hand, Music is hilarious and majestic, love every song of the game. Expand
  3. Mar 30, 2018
    10
    FUN and CHALLENGE the heck of you but in chapter 4 is confused but is OK
    The story is good but OK but i have not finish chapter 4 ahh well
    FUN and CHALLENGE the heck of you but in chapter 4 is confused but is OK
    The story is good but OK but i have not finish chapter 4 ahh well
    Yeah guys is good buy it
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  4. Mar 14, 2019
    9
    Умный в гору не пойдёт? (CELESTE)

    Пытаясь найти особенности в "CELESTE", рискуешь заблудиться точно также, как и главная героиня игры, что
    Умный в гору не пойдёт? (CELESTE)

    Пытаясь найти особенности в "CELESTE", рискуешь заблудиться точно также, как и главная героиня игры, что потерялась в своих собственных размышлениях и пришла к подножью горы, дабы собрать воедино весь тот бардак, творящийся у неё в голове. Концентрация - вот что объединит игрока и пиксельнорыжую девочку на экране, внутри сплошного геймдизайнерского чуда, где за простотой обыденных по своей сути механик, сокрыт глубокий простор для действий. Маневрируя между препятствиями, сложность будет только возрастать, но казнить за ошибки никого не собираются, а просто в конце каждой главы ткнут в табличку с общим счётом собранных трофеев и количеством неминуемых смертей, при этом как-будто издалека разработчики говорят мягонько: "У тебя получится",- и украдко, с издёвкой: "Ты могёшь лучше". Последней фразе также сопутствует режим "на время", но преднамеренно убивать играющих в хламину, ни кто не собирается, что хорошо и для хардкор геймеров, и для более "расслабленной" аудитории.
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  5. Jan 6, 2019
    9
    Celeste is the type of game I rarely play, as i often find the frustration of navigating tight, intricately designed platformers as tooCeleste is the type of game I rarely play, as i often find the frustration of navigating tight, intricately designed platformers as too off-putting. Frustration usually comes from a dissatisfaction in failure, but in Celeste, the gameplay is so well designed, so varied, that the nagging feeling to keep persist and improve always keeps you enjoying yourself. This fact is beautifully mirrored the in main character's own progression. I feel the success of the game's narrative have been a little overstated, as i feel its simplicity could have been flattered by greater subtlety. Nonetheless, the game holds up as an impressive achievement, with obvious replay-ability, nice musical score and fantastic visuals. 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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