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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: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  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: 47 out of 54
  2. Negative: 3 out of 54
  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. Aug 17, 2020
    10
    Este juego es de los mejores que e jugado, es difícil pero merece la pena jugarlo, recomendado 10/10
  3. Apr 26, 2021
    10
    Esse jogo é mais do que um jogo pra mim, é a história que me define e o que me representa
  4. Aug 6, 2020
    9
    This game is beautiful it is brutally hard especially the bonus chapters (core and farewell) and touches on topics like anxiety and depressionThis game is beautiful it is brutally hard especially the bonus chapters (core and farewell) and touches on topics like anxiety and depression both of which i have so this game felt quite personal as i played it first when i was at my lowest and it really moved me. In terms of gameplay this game hits it out of the park with modes for both veterans and newcomers alike with a full assist mode allowing you to make the game MUCH easier but it is completely optional. It is rarely short but has lots of extras like harder B and C sides collectable strawberries that contribute to the ending screen and just generally replyability with a Speedrun timer to try and beat your best times. My only complaint is and this may just be me using the analog stick instead of the dpad but when i tried to go diagonal for wavedashes especially it would often read other directions instead but it was probably just me. I played it on the XBOX One but i hear it runs just as good everywhere else with a solid frame rate that only ever hiccuped about twice through my 20ish hour playtime. 100% reccomend its now my 2nd favourite 2d platformer and in my top 10 favourite games of all time Expand
  5. Mar 21, 2018
    9
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    So much death and fun
    Conquer fears with frustration
    Get dem strawberries
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  6. Jun 4, 2019
    8
    Excellent platforming, very enjoyable level design. Story was stupid and over dramatic, I did not like the writing and would have preferred itExcellent platforming, very enjoyable level design. Story was stupid and over dramatic, I did not like the writing and would have preferred it be more abstract at the least. 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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