Celeste, a platforming gem that has captured the hearts of gamers, has now taken a leap into the third dimension. Prepare to embark on an enchanting adventure in Celeste 64: Fragments of the Mountain, a delightful romp through a 3D version of the game's first chapter, the Forsaken City. This short but sweet experience allows you to collect around 30 strawberries, scattered throughout the level and hidden within Mario Sunshine-style jumping puzzles, accompanied by toe-tapping remixes.
Created by the original developers in just one week, Celeste 64 showcases a solid proof of concept. Surprisingly, Celeste's core moveset translates seamlessly into a 3D collectathon-style game. As I scurried around the snowy ruins in search of berries, I couldn't help but be charmed, even though my platforming skills were as rusty as an ancient treasure chest. Oh, the joy of witnessing an adorable 3D Madeline, her hunger for strawberries evident in every pixel!
Of course, no Celeste experience would be complete without a timer. With its speedrunning community always hungry for new challenges, this bite-sized game is bound to be pushed to its absolute limits in the coming weeks. The tech maestros of the internet will descend upon it like a flock of seagulls on a dropped sandwich, and it will be a sight to behold.
While it's worth noting that the game's controls can occasionally be a tad stiff, and the camera is as unruly as a mischievous squirrel, these minor hiccups can be overlooked considering the remarkable achievement of creating this 3D homage in such a short time. And let's not forget, it's available for free! If you were captivated by the original Celeste back in 2018, this tribute is a must-play, even if it's just to bask in the adorableness of Madeline's newfound dimensionality.
Sure, there might be a few performance hitches here and there, but hey, it's a labor of love made in a week. And let's be honest, who can resist the allure of a game that combines heartfelt storytelling, challenging platforming, and the insatiable desire for strawberries? Certainly not me, and I suspect not you either.
So, dear gamers, strap on your virtual climbing boots, prepare your fingers for some precise jumps, and immerse yourself in the whimsical world of Celeste 64: Fragments of the Mountain. It's a journey that will test your skills, warm your heart, and remind you why the power of gaming knows no bounds.