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 was released in January 2018 on Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, and Linux.
Celeste is a platform game in which players control a girl named Madeline as she makes her way up a mountain while avoiding various deadly obstacles. Along with jumping and climbing up walls for a limited amount of time, Madeline has the ability to perform a mid-air dash in any direction. This move can only be performed once and must be replenished by either landing on the ground or hitting certain objects such as replenishing crystals. Throughout each level, the player will encounter additional mechanics, such as springs that launch the player or feathers that allow brief flight, and deadly objects such as spikes which will return Madeline to the start of a section if she dies. Hidden throughout each level are optional strawberries, obtained through challenging platforming or puzzle solving sections, which slightly affect the game’s ending depending on how many are collected. Additionally, there are cassette tapes which unlock harder “B-Side” variations of certain levels, and hearts used to access post-game content. Beating all the B-Sides then unlocks the “C-Side” versions, which consists of very hard but short variations upon the levels. The original Celeste Classic Pico-8 prototype can also be found as a hidden minigame.