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Celeste

Celeste review

Mountains of sadness

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4 months ago

Celeste is a heartfelt and challenging platformer that you should make time to play

I used to think I was pretty good at platformers, until I played Celeste. Made the creators of Towerfall, Celeste drops you in the shoes of Madeline, whose goal is to climb a mountain. Except, the mountain isn't really just a mountain - it's a metaphor for all the difficulties that Madeline, and you, have overcome, and will need to overcome in the future. It's…

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6 months ago

Minecraft’s Nether update will have music by Celeste’s composer

I've not played Minecraft heavily in several years now, so when I logged in recently I was surprised by some new tunes as I walked about pestering livestock. There are even more new tracks coming in the sandbox game's big Nether Update, this time created by composer Lena Raine whose excellent sounds you may have heard in Celeste. You can check these tunes out now…

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7 months ago

Celeste outlines the tricks that make its tough platforming feel fair

Have you ever wondered why some platformers feel excellent where others feel, well, not? Turns out, designing some top-tier running and jumping takes a little more work than you'd think. This week, Celeste developer Matt / Maddy Thorson took to Twitter to run through some of the clever deceptions they used to make the nails-hard platformer feel fun and - more importantly - fair.

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9 months ago

Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 raised a whopping £2.3 million for charity

AGDQ is over for another year, leaving us with hundreds of hours of fantastic speedrunning VODs to keep us entertained for weeks. I've had a browse through some of the best (and also sat at home binging them because I love me a good speedrun), and found a few more essential runs that I'd be foolish not to point everyone to. Before we get to…

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1 year ago

Celeste says Farewell as developers move to a mysterious new game

We've had a lovely time, Celeste. But I think it's time to see other platformers. It's not you, it's me. I've perforated my spine on your spikes so much it's starting to worry my doctor, and I've seen all there is to see. What's that? You've got one last update full of levels? You know, I think I can hang around for a little while…

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Inside and Celeste are free on the Epic Games Store now

"Inside does insert some big ideas into its slender and sinister frame, but that's not why I loved it – it's the execution of the big, broad, b-movie elements that I adored," our former Adam (RPS in peace) said when we called Inside one of 2016's best games."It's a tricky platform game, with a beautifully melancholy story, and enough creativity on show to give me…

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Kirby makes climbing Celeste mountain look easy in Ingeste

It's the middle of the week, it's time to unwind a little, so let's take a stroll back up the spike-lined paths of Celeste mountain, but this time as Kirby. Ingeste, by EX.ULT VIDEOTAINMENT is a free, browser-friendly mod of the original Celeste for Pico-8 starring HAL Laborotory's famously friend-shaped pink puffball. It's a cute little subversion of a Matt Thorson's tough platformer, letting you float…

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2 years ago

Charity speedrunning marathon Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 starts today

I hope you didn’t have anything planned this week, because speedrunning extravaganza Awesome Games Done Quick starts today at 4:30pm GMT.If you’ve never tuned in before, AGDQ is a weeklong, 24/7 marathon of games, all played as fast as possible, while streaming on Twitch and raising a whole shedload of cash for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. What’s not to like?

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3 years ago

Night In The Woods wins IGF Grand Prize

Rad trash mammal simulator Night In The Woods scooped this year's Grand Prize during the 2018 Independent Games Festival Awards at the Game Developers Conference last night, also lifting the award for Excellence In Narrative. Baba Is You, an upcoming puzzle game about shifting words to change how parts of the levels and game work, also picked up two awards. Looking across all the winners,…

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Celeste shares its movement code for all to peer at

The makers of Celeste have shared a big slab of the platformer's code, letting everyone dig down into the intricacies of its movement. "Maybe it'll interest you if you're curious how some part of that works!" game director Matt Thorson said. Given how secretive the games industry can be, it's nice to see a game with such great-feeling movement spill its guts for all to…

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Watch 9 minutes of mountain-climbing in Celeste

As someone who recently spent 10 days trekking through the French Alps while trying to figure out what to do with my life, I think I can empathise with Madeline. She's the main character in Celeste, the upcoming platformer from the Towerfall devs which releases on January 26th. Madeline sets out to climb Celeste Mountain for reasons unknown - though I reckon it's got something…

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Mountain-climbing platformer Celeste coming in January

It’s Brendan hour at RPS. Everybody else has gone to bed and I’m left on sentry duty, which means I get to make posts which are seemingly about colourful-yet-hardcore mountain-climbing platformers called Celeste [official site] which Graham really likes but on closer inspection are actually a grave and terrible insight into my own fragile and harrowed psyche as it tumbles silently into a dark and…

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4 years ago

TowerFall Creator Announces Mountain ‘Em Up Celeste

TowerFall creator Matt Thorson has announced his next game, a mountain-climbing platformer named Celeste [official site]. Together with Noel Berry, he's "re-imagining" the wee prototype they made last year in only four days - which you can still play online. Unlike the local multiplayer murder madness of TowerFall, Celeste looks like quite a chill - though certainly not easy - solo adventure.

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