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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and @JonahMonaghan.


This is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, haunted by self-doubt at the task in hand. She presses on but is unnerved by encountering a dark reflection of herself in a mirror.

The doubts intensify as Madeline first tries to run from, and then do away with, her alter ego before accepting it as part of herself.
Along with the use of metaphor, it’s the game’s ability to change its interactions and controls to match Madeline’s emotional hazards of doubt, failure or blind positivity, that create a unique way of considering wellbeing.

If you’re new to difficult platform games, the ‘Assist’ mode is a great way to experience this game while also being able to progress when you get stuck. Slowing down the game grants more time for making jumps just right. This enables any player to engage in the subject of emotional wellbeing in this unusual way.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Traversal

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Exok Games (@Exok_Games)




Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.


This game has helped players develop their Disposition and Identity as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:
Celeste Soundtrack

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game was rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic looking violence towards characters which although human are not very detailed. In this pixelated game, the non-detailed human-like characters can engage in a boss fight where lasers are being shot at them.

There are some disturbing scenes present that feature tense music and darker visuals.

Skill Rating

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's a game that looks retro and simple but is a real challenge to your reactions and accuracey. Younger players can use the difficulty settings to offset this, but those who can connect and understand with the deeper story of Medeline get most from the game.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 24-year-olds play this game:


Celeste usually costs £14.99 to £17.99.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. There is free downloadable content that adds a final level, designed to be one giant send-off: both for main character Madeline, and the players who’ve spent countless hours helping her traverse the titular mountain.


Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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