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CELESTE Classic 2: Lani's Trek is a video game released by Maddy Thorson, Noel Berry and Lena Raine for Celeste's third anniversary. It is available on the PICO-8 console.

The game contains five chapters: Prologue, Trailhead, Glacial Caves, Golden Valley and Destination. It features a different mountain climber than the original CELESTE Classic or Celeste; this character's name is Lani, possibly a play on the name Lena (after Lena Raine).

Plot[edit | edit source]

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The story takes place presumably later than the events of Celeste, and by extent, Celeste Classic. It begins without much of a plot, with Lani journeying across where the Prologue would be. Granny's house can be seen, but cannot be accessed. The bridge, however, is already significantly damaged, and ends up collapsing under Lani's feet.

After Lani falls to the bottom, she finds a grappling hook. The main soundtrack of the level, "Lani's Trek", begins playing. Lani then proceeds to cross the Trailhead, and to the Glacial Caves, a set of icy underground caves. She later arrives at the Golden Valley, which is somewhat reminiscent of Golden Ridge, albeit situated at a much lower altitude, before making it to her destination, which appears to be a small ravine filled with flowers.

Items[edit | edit source]

  • Springs
  • Snowballs, which can be grabbed and thrown.
  • Grapple Points, where Lani can hook onto in order to fling herself
  • Ice, which cannot be grappled onto.
  • Checkpoint Flags, which are unnumbered.
  • Disappearing Blocks
  • Spikes
  • 16 strawberries.

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

The soundtrack for CELESTE Classic 2 was composed by Lena Raine, differentiating from the original CELESTE Classic, of which the soundtrack was composed by Maddy Thorson.[1]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • CELESTE Classic 2: Lani's Trek was developed in just three days.[2]
  • Many cues from Celeste were added; these include details as subtle as the death animation.
  • The main character, Lani, does not have any disclosed or known gender in-game. However, Lena Raine refers to Lani using she/her pronouns.[3]
  • Unlike the original Celeste Classic, this one isn't available as an Easter Egg in Celeste.
  1. Maddy Thorson, Celeste Developer Commentary Livestream on YouTube
  2. Maddy Thorson, Celeste Classic 2, "A PICO-8 platformer about hiking around a mountain, made in three days for Celeste's third anniversary."
  3. Lena Raine on X (formerly Twitter): "One of the key differences between Madeline & Lani's themes is that Lani is a very horizontal character. She's not about going up so much as launching across gaps with the grapple. So I wanted to write a theme that felt like this horizontal thing with the repetition in the melody" 26 January 2021