Cinders

Good
  • Cinderella theme which creates a familiar foundation of the visual novel adventure
  • Fantastic game soundtrack that pairs perfectly with the visual experience to create a fairy tale atmosphere
Bad
  • Some decisions presented lack real choice with similar choices that lead to the same outcome
8

Cinders is a visual novel story that explores the life and adventures of a Cinderella inspired story. Developed and published by MaoCube for Windows and Mac gamers in 2012 the story centric title was later brought to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Exploring the lives of several women Cinders is a story with hundreds of potential decisions to be made that drive how their story unfolds.

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Cinders is an inviting experience for both fans of the interactive novel genre and newcomers to sub genre of video gaming. With its clean presentation which combines with a slow story introduction its a title that eases you into the visual novel adventure and perfect for those unfamiliar with the formula.

Regardless of your experience with the genre those that are familiar with the Cinderella story will instantly recognise the characters within the game which stays fairly true to the original story although introduces its own twist. Players will take on the role of Cinders (Cinderella) and have control over her personality which is reflected in the decisions and actions they make.

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Players will also run into the famous stepsisters and stepmother from the original and classic tale who along with Cinders serves as the four main women of the story. Of course no Cinderella story is complete without a fairy godmother who is represented by a helpful and kind fairy. When it all comes together you’ll find the story of Cinders offers similar themes of freedom and dreams that the original fairy tale explored.

Gameplay doesn’t deviate much from other games in the genre following a standard visual novel around story and choice. Players are presented the story of Cinders through a combination of pictures and dialogue while making decisions at key points in the game. These choices send the player down different paths for a total of four different game endings which stay true to the fairy tale or offer something completely different depending on the path chosen. In addition to achieving the various endings players can also collect a number of trophies during Cinders.

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In total you’ll have over 100 of these decision points which generally feature at least 3 options to create the branching pathways. Ultimately Cinders takes a very popular and well known fairy tale and mixes it into an interesting visual novel experience which you’ll complete in an around half a dozen hours. The journey that it takes players along offers an amazing adventure that adds a lot of depth under the surface of a simple familiar fairy tale. This connection between a well-known story and visual novel design also makes it a particularly attractive option for new gamers to the genre.

Summary:

  • A visual novel based on the Cinderella fairy tale with players controlling Cinders herself.
  • Originally available on Windows and Mac with a later console release.
  • Impressive adventure to find your independence from your stepmother and sisters.
  • 4 different endings to experience based on the 100 game decision points that are presented to players.
  • Collect trophies while you play through the story which encourages you to collect them all.

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Review Platform: PC

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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