by taco360, with music by Augie745 and RubyRed.
Before Celeste became the platforming giant we know today, it was a tiny PICO-8 game, made in just four days. I was completely obsessed with it when it came out.
Forever Red is a mod of that original PICO-8 Celeste, with all-new levels, created over the course of a year. It features some great level design inspired by the eventual final version of Celeste – in a way it feels a little like somebody porting Celeste Final back to Celeste Classic, but also very much like its own new thing.
While Forever Red is difficult, I like that it’s pitched at a level just above the original Celeste, likely within reach for anyone who managed the original climb. And for those up for more, there’s a very exciting inscription at the 1000m mark which hints at the existence of a greater challenge. I don’t want to spoil anything beyond that, but it’s a big part of why I wanted to highlight this game.