Celeste Classic

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CELESTE Classic (originally known as Celeste) is a video game released by Maddy Thorson and Noel Berry for a game jam in 2015. It serves as a predecessor to Celeste (the full game) and CELESTE Classic 2: Lani's Trek. It can be played on itch.io and the PICO-8 website for free.

The game occurs on Celeste Mountain. The unnamed mountain climber, very possibly a younger version of Granny who has the ability to jump and dash (not climb!), climbs up more than 3,000 meters, subsequently arriving at the summit. En route are 18 strawberries, some of them hidden, locked in a chest or winged that will fly away when the player dashes. They serve as additional challenges for the player.

Celeste Classic serves as a secret mini-game in Celestial Resort, additionally becoming playable from Celeste's main menu when the player finds it.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

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The game consists of 31 screens of progressively increasing difficulty. During the game, mechanics such as springs, dash refills (balloons) and disappearing crates are introduced.

At 1200 meters, a Celeste Memorial similar to that at the end of Forsaken City can be found. The location is named "Old Site".

At 2200 meters is a chest that contains a green orb (known as the gem). When it is collected, the player gains the ability to dash twice without touching the ground. It is possible to complete the game without collecting it, albeit it is significantly harder.

The last screen is named "The Summit", indicating the end of the climber's journey. Upon touching the flag, a statistics screen is shown to the player, displaying the elapsed time, the number of collected strawberries and the number of deaths.

If playing on the Steam version of Celeste, the "Real Gamer" achievement is awarded upon completing CELESTE Classic.