Celeste

A platformer aimed at speedrunners is also an adventure for the rest of us to savour.

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Celeste review

At the end of the first day of her attempt to climb Celeste mountain, Madeline sits down and lights a campfire. Flames crackling and sparks rising against the darkness, it's a moment of respite in a world defined by relentless, delirious challenge. We've been here before, of course, but, even if the nod to Dark Souls isn't intentional, it's entirely appropriate. Celeste offers ingenious delights and gruelling punishment. To master it, even partially, is to feel like you're really achieving something.

Celeste

Publisher/developer: Matt Makes Games Inc.

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TowerFall follow-up Celeste launches on PC and consoles later this month

Celeste, the latest game from TowerFall Ascension designer Matt Thorson, will release on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC, on January 25th.

Celeste is a narrative-driven, single-player adventure, described as a "super-tight, hand-crafted platformer". It casts you as protagonist Madeline, and sends you climbing upward, through 600 single-screen stages, toward the summit of the mysterious, titular mountain.

Celeste sports a gorgeous, lo-fi pixel art aesthetic, similar to its superb predecessor; but where TowerFall was a chaotic couch-based multiplayer affair, Celeste is a strictly single-player experience, mixing cerebral traversal challenges with the kind of tough, twitch-based platforming seen in the likes of Super Meat Boy.

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Towerfall dev's upcoming platformer Celeste confirmed for Switch

Last summer Towerfall developer Matt Thorson announced a new single-player 2D platformer called Celeste and now that game has been confirmed for a Nintendo Switch release later this year.

It will also be coming to PS4 and Steam.

As you can see in the following trailer, Celeste is a series of single-screen challenges, much in the vein of Super Meat Boy. The game focuses on the titular character, a spunky redhead, trying to climb a mountain. It appears to be a haunted mountain too, by the looks of it, what with all the creepy ghosts and a gothic mansion that wouldn't look out of place in an early Castlevania adventure.

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