Celeste is a beautiful, heart-wrenching platformer that takes skill, patience, and wrists that won’t quit on you. It’s hard, but that’s kind of the point – it wants to teach you a lesson about never giving up, even when you don’t believe in yourself.
Celeste Classic 2 is a free PICO-8 platformer in a similar style, made by Maddy Thorson, Noel Berry, and Lena Raine – two of the developers and the composer, respectively – to celebrate the three-year anniversary of Celeste’s release. And it’s hard.
PICO-8, if you were wondering, is a downloadable “fantasy console” that anyone can make games for. All the games on PICO-8 are 16 colours, and a display of only 128 x 128 pixels, lending the library of games a unique, chunky pixel look that goes great with retro-inspired design.
If you’re actually wondering why the game is called “Celeste Classic 2”, then you’ll be pleased to know that the original, called “Celeste 1.0“, is also available on the PICO-8 website. The game, which was the precursor to the full Celeste we know and love, was made in just four days back in 2015. A version of Celeste 1.0 can be found in Celeste, inside a hidden room in Celestial Resort Side A.