Madeline Climbs New Peaks: Celeste Team Releases Surprise Free N64-Style Sequel, Fragments of the Mountain

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Six years after captivating players with its pixel-perfect platforming and poignant story, the Celeste team has delivered a delightful surprise for fans: Celeste 64: Fragments of the Mountain. This free-to-play 3D platformer, released last week, takes players on a new adventure up Celeste Mountain, channeling the charm and aesthetics of the Nintendo 64 era.

Key Highlights:

  • Free 3D platformer celebrates Celeste’s 6th anniversary.
  • N64-inspired aesthetic and gameplay.
  • Short adventure adds new lore and challenges.
  • Available now on itch.io for Windows and Linux.

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“Relive the magic of Celeste Mountain alongside Madeline in this small, heartfelt 3D platformer,” reads the game’s official description. Developed in just a week to celebrate Celeste’s anniversary, Fragments of the Mountain isn’t a full-fledged sequel, but rather a charming side trip offering a fresh perspective on the beloved characters and setting.

Stepping Back in Time:

Gone are the pixelated precision jumps and fluid dashes of the original. Fragments of the Mountain embraces the blocky polygons and analog controls of the N64 era, with players controlling Madeline as she hops, rolls, and glides through vibrant, pre-rendered environments. While the controls might feel slightly dated to modern gamers, they perfectly complement the nostalgic vibe, offering a distinct gameplay experience.

A Familiar Yet Fresh Climb:

While the core gameplay mechanics are reminiscent of classic 3D platformers, Fragments of the Mountain injects the Celeste DNA into every leap and bound. Players collect strawberries scattered throughout the levels, adding a familiar layer of challenge and reward. The game also features hidden B-Sides, offering optional, more difficult challenges for seasoned players.

World and Lore:

  • Dive deeper into the story snippets offered by the yeti creatures. Do they hint at future developments in the Celeste universe?
  • Describe the new areas of Celeste Mountain explored in the game. Are there familiar landmarks with a fresh 3D perspective?
  • Discuss the soundtrack and sound design. Does it capture the original’s atmosphere while incorporating N64-era inspirations?

Community and Reception:

  • Briefly mention how fans have reacted to Fragments of the Mountain. Are they enjoying the nostalgic trip back to the N64 era?
  • Discuss the significance of this release for the Celeste community. Does it show the developers’ continued love for the franchise and commitment to engaging with fans?
  • You could even include a quote from a developer or community member about their thoughts on the game.

Expanding the Mountain’s Lore:

Beyond the platforming, Fragments of the Mountain adds new wrinkles to the lore of Celeste Mountain. Players encounter adorable yeti-like creatures who offer cryptic dialogue and hint at the mountain’s hidden secrets. While the story remains concise, it’s a welcome treat for fans eager to delve deeper into Celeste’s world.

A Heartfelt Homage:

Celeste 64: Fragments of the Mountain is a love letter to both the N64 era and the original Celeste. It’s a short but sweet experience, taking roughly an hour to complete, but it packs a punch in terms of nostalgia, challenge, and heartwarming moments. Whether you’re a seasoned Celeste veteran or a newcomer to the mountain, Fragments of the Mountain is a delightful freebie that shouldn’t be missed.

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