The two critically revered games should not be missed, especially for the absurdly low price of absolutely nothing. Oscar Dayus reviewed Celeste for GameSpot in January 2018, rewarding the tough-as-nails but incredibly heartfelt platformer a score of 9/10.
“It’s a testament to convincing writing and ingenious design that after playing Celeste I felt like I’d been on the same journey as Madeline,” the review concludes. “Her struggle is one made easy to empathize with, her low points painful to watch, and her high notes exhilarating to experience. Her tale is delicately told and beautifully illustrated, confidently coalescing with the satisfying, empowering game it lies within. Not bad for a game about climbing a mountain.”
There’s even free DLC on the way for Celeste, though creator Matt Thorson is reluctant to announce a release date after numerous delays. The new content will feature over 100 new levels that form a continuous chapter, featuring new items and mechanics, and a daunting difficulty that’s tougher than the game’s current hardest levels.
Inside, meanwhile, received an 8/10 from reviewer Alex Newhouse back in 2016. “This is a beautiful, haunting, and memorable game, a worthy follow-up to Limbo,” the review says. “Its puzzles, although rarely difficult, are engaging complements to the story. The real achievement of this game, though, is the way that it crafts its narrative: detailed environments convey the bizarre world that you travel through; introspective moments are filled with minimalist sound design and just the barest touches of music; and the things you must do to complete your journey force you to confront the realities of humanity, freedom, and existence. The puzzles might not bring you back to play it again, but the opportunity to learn more about the world alone is enough motivation to return to Inside’s dystopia.”
Playdead’s Limbo, the eerie puzzle-platformer from 2010, was recently free on the Epic Games Store, too. If you picked it up and fancy more from the Danish studio, Inside is a fantastic follow-up with one of the best ending sequences in recent memory.
Epic recently implemented new changes and improvements to the Epic Games Store. The company also opened a new development studio in Germany led by the former founders of Factor 5, the creators of Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.