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Banana Mountain is a Celeste mod, released in July 2023, that consists of about 100 rooms across 3 Beginner-difficulty maps, named "Riverside Road", "Crumbling Cliffside", and "Starlight Summit" respectively. It features Madeline attempting to climb Banana Mountain and meeting a fellow climber Theory (not to be confused with Theo) on the way. Each chapter contains 10 red strawberries and one golden berry. Additionally, when the chapter is finished, four screenshots of this chapter are shown on the journal page.
Plot[edit | edit source]
If Madeline chooses to go left at the start of the first chapter, beyond the intro car and the strawberry, she can meet Theory, whose full name is Theodoreian II. She remarks "you look exactly like a guy I know", referring to Theo. Theory proceeds to say that he has heard that a lot, and asks Maddy about where she plans to hike. She, of course, responds that she's heading for the summit and encourages Theory to climb there too. He then asks Madeline whether she had climbed before, to which she replies that she did that for a couple of years. They then conclude the conversation, hoping to see each other again at the cliffside (being the second chapter).
As promised, Madeline finds Theory, who is setting up camp, at the cliffside. He remarks about the "killer" view up on the cliffside, and Madeline tells him that she's going to the summit this night, to which Theory says that it is indeed hardcore. He proceeds to ask her about how many mountains she has climbed; Madeline answers with 10-15. She mentions that Celeste Mountain was the first one she ascended. Theory remembers hearing about it: some city was involved in a government cover-up thing, and that there are wicked ruins and temples on the mountain. He says that he may check it out one day "for the fun of it". This surprises Madeline, and she tells Theory that she and her friend will be able to climb it with him. He then adds Madeline to his contacts and assures her that he'll contact her if he's ever planning on traveling to Canada to climb Mount Celeste.
Additionally, Theory says he's decided to take Madeline up on the offer of climbing to the summit. This surprises Madeline again, and he also says he's not feeling any tired and that he's got about 3 days of extra food. Madeline ends up being worried about Theory, but he calms her down.
“Don't worry, I plan on freely exercising my right to not get hurt.”
He also mentions his knowledge of a couple of alternate trails up to the summit due to him visiting Wikipedia pages and random sites.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Banana Mountain consists of three chapters (enumerated 1 through 3), each one with three checkpoints. Every chapter has 10 red berries and one golden, which unlocks after completing the chapter normally. No advanced techniques are required except dream jumps, which are taught and used in the last chapter. The chapters are linear with most strawberries located on the main path. Skull Binoculars allow to preview some of the longer rooms.
Riverside Road[edit | edit source]
The first subchapter of Riverside Road uses only a few mechanics. Those include toxic water (which kills Madeline instantly upon contact), spinners (crystals), and moving blocks, some of which have spikes on their sides. The second subchapter adds springs. Careful dashing is required to traverse it.
The third subchapter, Dawn's Trek, features a broken bridge which Madeline must traverse, expanding on the idea of Prologue. Moving platforms are introduced and frequently used, and toxic water is seen across all rooms. Spikes are used more frequently. After the bridge ends, a Badeline orb can be found, marking the end of the chapter.
Crumbling Cliffside[edit | edit source]
The starting subchapter of Crumbling Cliffside introduces disappearing blocks (which can also be flipped on their side). Spikes are used as obstacles instead of spinners. Falling blocks, which are typically brown and snowy, are introduced a bit later. This subchapter is relatively short.
The next subchapter, The Cliffside's Thicket, returns spinners as the main obstacle, introduces green bubbles, and adds the falling of yellow autumn leaves as a background effect. Crumbling and falling blocks are used liberally, and moving blocks are reintroduced.
As the night sets in, the third and the last subchapter, Dusk's Climb, begins. Most objects in it appear black. This should not add much difficulty though, as spikes, bubbles and dash refills can still be visually distinguished apart. In addition, Madeline's hair, strawberries, and snow on falling blocks retain color. As the case was with Riverside Road, a Badeline orb (which looks black but emits purple particles) signals the end of this chapter.
Starlight Summit[edit | edit source]