Percentile Rank

Celeste is ranked in the 99th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 64 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

91

Top Critic Average

100%

Critics Recommend

Based on 64 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jan 25, 2018

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

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 25, 2018

Buy. Celeste is the first must-own single-player game of 2018.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 25, 2018

Celeste is a difficult game about overcoming difficulties. Come for the challenge, stay for the joy of Madeline's company and the generosity of this wonderful game.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 25, 2018

I'll remember Celeste for a long time to come, thinking back on its mystical ruins and wind-swept peak. It's a joyous game brimming with hope and one of the best video game jumps ever.

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GameXplain
Loved
Loved
Jan 26, 2018
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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 15, 2019

Even without embracing that duality, Celeste would be an exceptionally well-made platformer worthy of sitting alongside its titanic peers, but by caring to find the right amount of warmth to balance its barbs, it ends up standing up and taking a step ahead.

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Scored Reviews

Nintendo Insider
10 / 10
10 / 10
Jan 25, 2018

I would feel disheartened, but Celeste has taught me, in a short time, not to feel this way. The game has guided me, through Madeline, to strive for my goals, to take time and breathe, to take chances and venture out of my comfort zone. The story that eventually plays out is a powerful hit to the solar-plexus and is very welcome in the current field of video games.

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PCWorld
Feb 3, 2018

Celeste is the best precision platformer in years, but it's also a game about the figurative mountains we all struggle with, and that's what makes it truly special.

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The Game is a Lie
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2018

Celeste gets absolutely everything right. It has surprising audiovisuals, innovative gameplay and an inspiring story. Breaking the fourth wall constantly, it deals with current topics and makes the player embark on a beautiful rollercoaster of feelings, therefore being so immersive. It's indispensable to any player.

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GamingBolt
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2018

In an industry with so many passionate titles, Celeste stands tall as one of the best. Its vision is flawlessly executed with excellent gameplay and presentation from top to bottom.

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Geeks Under Grace
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2018

Celeste is the complete package with well crafted gameplay, a unique presentation, and a touching story—one of the best games of 2018

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DarkZero
10 / 10
10 / 10
Jun 12, 2018

Even from an objective standpoint, I honestly can't think of a part of Celeste I didn't like.

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NintendoWorldReport
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2018

What separates it from the pack and makes it more of a platformer pinnacle are the other parts of the whole: the layers of accessibility, the engaging story, and the charming presentation. All of those pieces gelled together in a spectacular way, in a way that led to me adoring this game much more than I thought. Celeste is magical and beautiful, mostly thanks to its brilliantly designed levels, but it becomes transcendent thanks to everything else.

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Destructoid
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2018

For the first time in ages, I have absolutely nothing to complain about. Celeste was everything I'd hoped for and then some. I'm not saying this is the best video game I've ever played. It's much too early to start declaring things like that. What I am saying is that this is an essential gaming experience. Everything this team set out to do they accomplished. If you have any love for indie games, you're about to fall head over heels. These people have created something very close to perfection.

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Zoomg
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2018

Celeste is by all means a perfect game. Perfect level design, great story and enjoyable mechanisms all make this game a must have experience.

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CDavis_Games
Feb 25, 2018

I’m not sure I’ll ever truly finish Celeste. I still have a couple of B-Sides to complete and the C-Sides are likely beyond my skill level. Assist mode is there if I need it, but I’m not ready to admit defeat yet. Neither am I ready for Celeste to be over. I’ll be dipping back into this masterpiece for many months to come.

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Nintendo Life
10 / 10
10 / 10
Jan 26, 2018

Celeste is an exemplary amalgamation of style, mechanics and character. A devilishly brilliant action platformer with enough skill required to excite genre purists and the speed running community, while at the same time featuring a breakdown of gameplay elements to customize and cater for all audiences. While the game mechanically is great, if familiar, the art style and narrative are truly special, showing both a visual and emotional range and depth that will resonate and inspire. Celeste is the absolute peak of personal exploration and discovery on Nintendo Switch.

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GameSkinny
Feb 1, 2018

Unique, beautiful, highly challenging, and emotional, Celeste is an excellent game, and a must-play for even non-platformer fans.

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IGN
10 / 10.0
Tom Marks

Top Critic

10 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2018

Celeste is a surprise masterpiece. Its 2D platforming is some of the best and toughest since Super Meat Boy, with levels that are as challenging to figure out as they are satisfying to complete.

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God is a Geek
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2018

A sensational platformer with an important story at its heart. Celeste is engaging, rewarding, and reminds us that the reward is worth the hard journey.

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Areajugones
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2018

Celeste is a true masterpiece of the genre and an excellent example of what a perfect level design is. Exquisite gameplay and a beautiful story make this game one of the best surprises of the modern era. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-ldb4'); });

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Sick Critic
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2018

One of the best platformers you'll ever play. The story is also equally superb.

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Goomba Stomp
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2018

All of these factors blend together to form an instant classic. Celeste is a triumph and offers a staggering amount of content for its asking price.

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Hardcore Gamer
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Feb 1, 2018

Simply put, Celeste is a tour de force.

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TrueAchievements
Feb 7, 2018

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.

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TrueGaming
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2018

Celeste is a balanced blend of a thrilling story and super fun gameplay that easily have you lose track of time. A jewel not easily found in Platformers nowadays.

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Pure Nintendo
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2018

Gamers who enjoy a difficult but rewarding platforming experience should definitely check Celeste out.

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SwitchWatch
95%
95%
Jan 26, 2018

Celeste is one of those gems of a game which doesn't come around very often and is one of those games I talk about which will be remembered in years to come. Everything this game does, it does well, every decision the developer has made I cannot argue with or criticise. The story we can all relate too and identify with, which will make you feel more for the characters. The music is outstanding at creating an atmosphere which makes you believe you are up there on the mountain. It's beautifully composed. Many will say that these type of visuals don't belong in 2018, I would strongly disagree. This game showcases that you can still make a game beautiful without huge budgets. In any case, it's easy to overlook when the gameplay is this mesmerising and fun. This is a game everyone on Switch should own. It's absolutely essential and is the new standard to which 2D platformers should aspire too.

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Digiato
95 / 100
Digiato
Mehran Khatami

Top Critic

95 / 100
Feb 12, 2018

Celeste is such a beautiful masterpiece that although we've only been two months into 2018, it could very well be a game of the year nominee.

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Pardis Game
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2018

Celeste provides a deep adventure in the heart of a mysterious mountain. It's brightest moments are not of its platforming elements but the interactivity with its other aspects. Overcoming any challenges along the way affects the story one way or the other and as we get close to the end, the final picture tells the story of a strange and excellent adventure. To sum it all up, Celeste is the proof that simplicity encourages beauty

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COGconnected
93 / 100
93 / 100
Oct 8, 2018

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KeenGamer
9.3 / 10.0
KeenGamer
Stephen M Morin

Top Critic

9.3 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2018

Celeste is a fantastic 2D platformer that pushes the boundaries of the genre. The trip up the mountain feels deeply immersive and personal and is loaded with beautiful moments and challenges that fit the tone of Madeline's personal struggles and trying to reach the peak of a mountain--whether real or figurative. The challenge can be downright frustrating at times, but due to frequent checkpoints, it's manageable to break down and triumph over even the most difficult rooms. It's fun and fluid to move Madeline around the screen, and the beautiful visuals and soundtrack are almost unmatched by modern 2D platformers. I definitely recommend playing with a d-pad, which made the Switch a frustrating option for me at times, but it didn't inhibit my enjoyment of the game all that much, and if anything, it turned me into an even better player. If you are afraid of the challenge, there are nice options to make the game easier, and if the game is too easy--by god, how?--then there are B-sides to find and unlock with offer harder variations of the stages. Celeste is a fun game and a deep experience for a platformer, and I wouldn't be surprised to see this become a 2018 game of the year contender. Celeste is definitely a game worth picking up.

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Atomix
93 / 100
93 / 100
Feb 8, 2018

Celeste is probably the greatest surprise in 2018 so far. Its marvelous platforming, great mechanics, lovely visuals and lovely soundtrack simply make this a must have for anyone who loves 2D platformers.

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Hobby Consolas
93 / 100
93 / 100
Feb 5, 2018

A story about overcoming grief and accepting ourselves under the guise of an impeccable platformer. Celeste is the kind of game that no one, not even those who despise jumping games, should miss.

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IGN Spain
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2018

An excellent platormer that is as interesting as well done. There's a lot to love here, with very few problems on it.

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GamePro
90 / 100
90 / 100
Feb 1, 2018

Celeste is not only an outstanding platformer, but also a soulful adventure full of intimate moments.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2018

On top of that, there is a great story that addresses themes of depression, self-discovery, and ultimately perseverance, which can be applied to both one's personal life and the experience one has in general when playing a difficult game. You may get mad at a few points, but that peak is always there waiting for you, within reach, and is something we should all strive for, whether it is in-game or not.

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Slant Magazine
Feb 3, 2018

What separates Celeste from masochistic games like The End Is Nigh is that it's not bleak or unyielding.

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2018

A solid story and rewarding platforming sequences makes for a highly gratifying climb

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Fintendo
Feb 4, 2018

"Climb over every obstacle, it's worth it."

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 1, 2018

Celeste is an amazing game in every aspect. This hardcore platformer combines a solid gameplay, a strong psychological plot, staged by a brilliant pixel art direction and a fantastic soundtrack. The game is so generous and challenging, but still manages to gives newcomers a chance, even though you might miss the entire point by skipping some parts with the assist mode. You have every reason to play Celeste. Period.

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VideoGamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 31, 2018

The challenging platforming and touching narrative of Celeste shape a surprise hit.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

9 / 10
Jan 31, 2018

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.

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 12, 2018

Celeste not only joins a long list of phenomenal platforming royalty, but it stands as a mighty pillar among the very best of them. Its message is clear albeit clumsy, though that doesn't detract from its very real and relatable cast of flawed characters. It's challenging in ways many games aren't while managing to maintain an endless supply of magic.

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Attack of the Fanboy
May 6, 2018

Celeste blends old gameplay ideas with progressive story telling and the results are nothing short of amazing.

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VGChartz
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 16, 2018

An incredible game; one you're unlikely to forget thanks to its heavy hitting tones and the absolute resolve of its protagonist who never gives in to the temptation of apathy and despair.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 25, 2018

Celeste is a difficult, powerful, rewarding adventure.

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GearNuke
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 18, 2018

A poignant tale that tackles a sensitive subject matter. Celeste is not only a challenging platformer, it is also an emotionally powerful story about dealing with the struggles of mental illness.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Apr 9, 2018

Celeste is an unexpectedly great combination of genres and touching story about finding yourself, a true 2D masterpiece. Both Super Meat Boy lovers and Metroidvania fans will enjoy it.

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USgamer
Jan 25, 2018

Platformers, especially those with a retro flair, come along often. But so rarely do they work as well as Celeste does. Celeste is an exercise of excellence in the well-trodden platforming genre. Whether it's the score that kicks up just as busily just as heroine Madeleine does, the mechanics that build and build with each new room you uncover, or its lushly pixelated landscapes: there's a lot to love in Celeste. It's the sort of game that makes you feel strong while playing it; if you can dash-jump through impossible holes between narrow icy spikes to climb that goddamn mountain, you can probably do anything.

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IBTimes UK
Mar 18, 2018

Celeste is an beautiful, optimistic game about how triumph can outweigh any number of failures . It's about reconciling your pain, frustrations and defeats. It's about getting better, in every sense.

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Gamersky
8.9 / 10.0
Gamersky

Top Critic

8.9 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2018

Obviously, Celeste is a wonderful game, with a strong storyline which you barely can see in platform games. Fantastic level design and puzzle settings keep players a feeling of freshness from the beginning to the end, and the large number of levels makes this game worth the price.

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IGN Italy
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2018

Celeste is an excellent platform game with excellent level design, lovable cast and an intriguing atmosphere.

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Paste Magazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2018

The vibrant use of color and warm, stylistically varied score elevate the retro aesthetic beyond mere homage. Although the game's story feels slightly hampered by the practical necessities of its play, it's still a touching and occasionally insightful depiction of what it's like to live with anxiety and depression. And the mountain, as in every work of art that has ever featured a mountain throughout the history of human expression, remains a metaphor.

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GameCrate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

Celeste is one of the most entertaining 2D platformers in recent years. It'll defeat you from time to time, but its inviting controls, level design, and presentation will keep you coming back until you persevere and overcome every challenge thrown your way.

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Everyeye.it
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2018

Celeste is not only a brilliant platformer, one that will surely entertain you with its unusual difficulty and its astonishing level design. Celeste is a touching story about depression, a metaphor of life and ultimately a video game that will teach you a valuable lesson: never give in, no matter if you're dealing with a Gargantuan montain, a series of seemingly impossible jumps or anxiety. It might not be the next indie apocalypse, but it's still a product that's well worth of your time and money.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2018

Matt Thorson succeeds once again in crafting a tight, beautiful retro experience.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 27, 2018

Celeste is a wonderful precision platformer that does far more than simply challenge your dexterity. While there's plenty of intense screen-hopping to enjoy, it's offset by a well-told, personal story that softens the hard edged gameplay with some great slower moments. What's more, you can enjoy the story even if you're struggling with the platforming using the Assist Mode to bend the game's difficulty to your liking. The action is super smooth (though we did have to battle with the dash on occasion), there are lots of secrets to uncover, and it looks and sounds great. Even with some rare bugs, fans of both a steep challenge and a heartfelt narrative will find a lot to like about Celeste.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2018

Celeste reaches beyond, showing that tricky, well-designed platforming challenges are really just the tip of the iceberg. There's far more underneath the surface. And maybe that's worth dying for.

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We Got This Covered
Jan 25, 2018

It may take a certain type of patience to really get hooked into Celeste's laboriously challenging masochism, but it's undeniably a well-crafted and thoughtfully designed experience that's equally satisfying as it is unyielding.

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Video Chums
Aug 24, 2018

As most indie-keen gamers already know, Celeste is a phenomenal 2D platformer.

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PC Gamer
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jan 25, 2018

An engaging, vibrant and challenging platformer that adds narrative to a genre often shy of it.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 25, 2018

Those who are looking for one of the year's first true single-player challenges should look no further than Celeste. The team at Matt Makes Games has crafted a tough, yet not entirely unfair platformer, one wrapped in a touching narrative with some memorable characters. It's clear that a lot of heart went into writing the story, while it's also clear that Matt Thorson put his best level design foot forward. Some of the areas in Celeste were very reminiscent of some of his Super Mario Maker work, in terms of gimmicks, precision jumping, tricks, and difficulty.

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New Game Network
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 26, 2018

Celeste has a couple of hiccups in its aesthetics and tech, but the core of what Matt Thorson and his team have made contains a wonderful story of endurance and resilience for both the characters and the player, that begs not to be missed.

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