Celeste is a platforming video game by Canadian video game developers Matt Thorson and Noel Berry. The game was originally created as a prototype in four days during a game jam, and later expanded into a full release.

Celeste Video Review

Dont let its pixelated graphics and basic controls put you off as this is a brilliantly created platformer with a huge amount of fluid and challenging gameplay. One of the main things we found was how good the controls were as every movement did make it feel like you were in full control of your character no matter what situation you are in. quickly jumping around the screen from edge to edge, dashing out of the way of monsters or hanging on for dear life for that perfectly timed jump to avoid spikes, traps, and the depths below. Everything just felt great!

The story begins with your character Madeline wanting to climb Celeste mountain she meets with a old lady at the bottom who basically tells her she is not ready but maeline takes no notice and ventures forward anyway. As you progress through your journey you meet a few characters who are both helpful and a hindrance to her, for example Theo who just loves a selfie and seems to always be there to help her keep the demons away and then there is Madeline’s dark side who is constantly trying to knock her back just as she seems to be making progress. All the characters just add to the charm and charisma of this jewel of a game.

You see that’s this thing with this game you should be proud of your death count as the more you die, the more you are learning so just keep going and don’t give up!

As you work you way through the 8 chapters of the game you will find colourful, well balanced and fantastically designed levels. A great soundtrack and sound effects that just seem to fit and bring this game to life. Each chapter has a different setting in parts of one, you find yourself fighting against the wind in another zipping from screen to screen in a flying bubble.

The game itself can be extremely difficult if you want to try to get 100% completion and collect all of the strawberries and especially if you go for all the B and C sides. But collecting all those extras might seem extremely impressive you only really need to collect them if you really want too. From start to finish It should take most players around 6 – 8 hours to to get to the end and many of those hours will be taken up by trying and retrying levels as you fall to your death get back up and try again. You see that’s this thing with this game you should be proud of your death count as the more you die, the more you are learning so just keep going and don’t give up!

one of the things we did find with the game was that there were points when we just did not know where to go so we were back tracking and trying to work out what the next step was. Although this was a little frustrating it did not take anything away from our overall experience

Regardless of having basically no enemies to fight, the game is always attempting to push the limits of what you understand and manages to pull off some exceptionally fascinating closure to the end levels.

If you are not a fan of platformers I urge you to give this gem ago as I’m sure you will be as intrigued as I was when I first started, and then have you coming back for more. If you are a fan of platformers then its simple don’t think, just buy.


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Overall rating

The good
  • Fantastic Controls
  • Great Level Designs
  • Fast Paced
  • 2D Platforming at its Best
The bad
  • Can Get a Little Repetitive
  • Sometimes Get Lost
  • Cut Scenes can Sometime be a Little Long
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