Before Celeste graced our screens back in 2018, we had, uh, Celeste. It was a simplified version of the game created with the Pico-8 engine and released in 2016. It features all the air-dashing, strawberry gathering, and demand for perfect platforming you would recognise, but was more dialled back in animation and these days feels like a proof of concept. Naturally, though, having games with the same name is confusing, so the older of the two became known as Celeste Classic – phew.
Now, though, to celebrate the third anniversary of Celeste, the team at Extremely OK Games has released a follow-up to Celeste Classic. It’s called Celeste 2: Lani’s Trek and the team put it together in just three days.
As the title gives away, this one is about a new character called Lani and not Madeline. There’s no air-dashing, either, as you’ll be relying on a grappling hook to get you where you want to go. I haven’t got properly stuck into the game yet, but it still retains everything else that made Celeste enjoyable – from the wonderfully uplifting soundtrack to the demand for precise platforming.
Over the last 3 days we made a sequel to the PICO-8 Celeste Classic, which you can play here:https://t.co/wP8t6Pv0lg
— Noel Berry (@NoelFB) January 25, 2021
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