Xbox Live Gold users can now play the 2018 pixel art masterpiece that is “Celeste,” a platform game in which players control a girl named Madeline as she makes her way up a mountain while avoiding numerous deadly obstacles. Unlike traditional side-scrolling platformers, players can perform a mid-air dash in the eight cardinal and intercardinal directions. For those not as experienced, simply turn on the Assist Mode, where you can change some attributes – infinite air-dashes, invincibility, or slowing the game’s speed, etc. – about the game’s physics to make it less difficult. Read more for a video review of the game and additional information.
Believe it or not, Noel Berry and Matt Thorson made a prototype of Celeste in just four days during a game jam, which is now named Celeste Classic. The result was a difficult platformer with 30 levels for the Pico-8 fantasy video game console designed for speedrunning and precision reflexes. The duo drew inspiration from difficult, Super Nintendo-era platformers, and developed the game into a standalone release with over 200 rooms spread over eight chapters.