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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Celeste (2018) 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 haunted by self-doubt at the scale of the task at 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 well-being in this unusual way.

Our examiner, Jonah Monaghan, first checked Celeste 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Narrative and Platform game with Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


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


This game is good if you want to:

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

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 Level

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 accuracy. Younger players can use the difficulty settings to offset this, but those who can connect and understand with the deeper story of Madeline get most from the game.

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


Celeste usually costs £15.99 to £17.99.


XBox Store Xbox One £15.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £16.75 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch Store Switch £17.99
Steam Store Mac £16.75
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
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. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Traversal

Accessibility: 33 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Exok Games (@Exok_Games)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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