Cinders is a mature take on a classic fairytale with a heavy emphasis on player choices and role playing.
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Very Positive (433 reviews) - 89% of the 433 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 20, 2012

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“MoaCube focuses on the women of the tale and what made them who they are. The game is about nuance, is about understanding the motivations of another human being.”

“Asides from being delightfully well-written, highly replayable and filled with complex, convoluted characters, Cinders is also beautiful.”

“A visual novel that presents the deepest, most complex, most original, and ultimately most compelling re-imagination of the Cinderella universe.”
91/100 – RPGFan

About This Game

Cinders is a mature take on a classic fairytale with a heavy emphasis on player choices and role playing.

Cinders is a witty young woman living with an overbearing stepmother and her two daughters, as if she was reenacting a certain well-known fairytale. But unlike its protagonist, Cinders is not afraid of taking fate into her own hands. Even if it means breaking the rules…

The game takes a look at four women and what made them who they are. It’s a story about balancing freedom and dreams with circumstance and harsh reality. About growing up and finding out the true meaning of independence. Distancing itself from the judgmental simplicity of the original, Cinders tries to explore the more complex nature of oppression, responsibility and innocence.

With 120 decision points, over 300 options to choose from, and multiple endings, Cinders gives you total control over the main character’s personality and how her story unfolds.


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Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.5 or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Good story. Entertaining dialog and characters. Sophia's snarky remarks are especially fun. The music is also great. I had fun playing through, and I intend to play through a few more times, shooting for different results.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
A really nice visual novel with great art and music. The story is a little simple but I love the amount of branching paths available.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Lovely graphic novel/choose your own adventure. We all know cinderella, but what would you do if you were in her glass slippers. Now you can find out. Some of the subtitles are...rough, but all in all, it was lovely.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Love the art style and unique take on Cinderella. If you like fairy tales and visual novels, give this a go.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Is the classic Cinderella a victim of her stepmother and step sisters, or is she a victim of her own inability to change her circumstances? Do faries steal people's agency in a literary sense as well as literally? Is the self immutable, or can it change in response to circumstance? If it changes in order to better survive difficult times, is that an improvement, or the shameful death of something precious? Is a democratic government merely an excuse for people to lie to each other all the time?

In addition to offering a chance to ponder the above questions, Cinders is a fantastic exploration of both self-empowerment and self-destructive tendencies within the context of a classic fairy tale. It also has some fantastically witty lines and some good meditations on romantic love and its strengths and limitations.

For its message of empowerment, ambtitous themes, and fascinating characters, 10/10, cannot wait to play again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Like the premise, wish there was more replay value for sure.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Moderately interesting - certainly more so than the original fairy tale. However, the tone is quite preachy, as others have noted. It's more of a digital novel than a game - all you every do is click through a lot of dialog and character's thoughts, while occasionaly making choices as to the next step to be taken. There are a huge number of possible variants to the story, depending on what choices you make through the story. I played through once, and have not yet decided whether it's worth the effort to do it again for the sake of finding other story variations. I would recommend it at $5, but not the $10 that I paid.
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119 of 126 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
Cinders is a pretty fantastic visual novel, full of strong female characters and decisions that have consequences. It's a darker, more mature take on the classic Cinderella fairy tale, but with some clever twists. The artwork and music are really gorgeous and add a lot to the story. It's also worth noting that this is one of the rare visual novels that uses an art style other than anime.

The game's a bit short and even going back and playing several endings won't take much longer than a few hours. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of replay value. While there are a lot of different endings in the game, things become a little tedious after you've played through a couple of times. Other than achievement hunting, there's not much payoff for getting all the endings.

Even though it's brief, the story and characters are engaging and it's an enjoyable experience while it lasts. It's also a visual novel that's a bit heavier on the novel part than straight-up dating sims; several different pairings can occur, but the focus isn't entirely on romance.

I personally think that the $20 price tag is a little steep for such a short game though, so look for sales or bundle deals.
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81 of 85 people (95%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2014
I'm really interested in visual novels, particularly ones aimed at women, so I've been trying to make a point of everything available in English. I have to say, this is probably the best one I've seen so far.

The aesthetics of this game are amazing. The art is beautiful, as you can see from the screenshots, but something they don't show is how everything looks in movement. The backgrounds are subtly animated and the text appears on the screen in a magical shine of color. It's mostly small touches, but it makes the game feel very unique from a lot of other indie visual novels that originally came out in English.

Another thing that makes Cinders really stand out is the way they show you how your choices are affecting the game. Every time a line is changed due to one of your choices, a chime plays and a symbol appears in the corner. Once you reach certain goals (which you gain achievements for on Steam) the starting menu will change to show your awards. And after you reach an ending, there's a screen that shows you all the possible variables in the ending you achieved. I'm impressed to see that it looks like there's a LOT of variables in the ending I got, which makes me really interested in what other possibilities there are! (It should also help the game have lots of value as well--my first playthrough was probably around three hours or so, so I'm expecting to get a good amount of playtime in to complete all the endings and branching paths...10-15 hours is what I'm estimating right now.)

I was also impressed by the number of choices present in the game--they happen frequently, and never feel pointlessly shoved in. I don't know how well the illusion of choice will hold up in further playthroughs but at least in this first one I really felt like my choices had an impact, which makes me very pleased.

As for the story--I loved it. Nearly all of the characters are interesting and have different layers to uncover from what I've seen in the game so far. I particularly like what's been done with the stepsisters--the game doesn't quite make excuses for them, but does a lot to make it make sense why they'd be so cruel to Cinders. Finding out more about Sophia in particular (who is probably my favorite character) is something I'm looking forward to trying to uncover in later playthroughs.

If I had one complaint, the only thing I could come up with is that at times the game's dialogue clashes with the tone they seem to be going for. They're trying to make the story feel like it's in a historical place--one where there are elements of fantasy, but that could otherwise reasonably exist at some point in history. But a lot of the dialogue feels oddly modern and even occasionally slang-y. I don't think this is exactly a problem, but it does clash at times with their attempts to make things feel 'historical.'

But honestly, that's a nitpick, and one I gave partially so this review wouldn't be completely glowing. Otherwise, this is probably the best Visual Novel I've played, hands down. I'm glad it's finally showed up on Steam.
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105 of 119 people (88%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2014
The artwork is gorgeous, and the ability to skip anything you've already read before makes multiple playthroughs MUCH less of a hassle than youd expect. It's a retake on the classic fairytale, and I very much enjoy the multiple directions it can go! If you ever loved storybooks as a child (and you can set aside a few character flaws...) it's worth the time to indulge in Cinders' world.
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7.0 hrs
Posted: September 9
This game is incredible. If you love twisted fairy tales and the ability to manipulate the story, then you'll have a ton of fun with it. I still haven't been able to figure out how to achieve all the endings, although if you play enough of it you'll see easily how the decisions diverge. I wish there were a walkthrough for each of the endings, but unfortunately I haven't found one yet. Before I bought the game I had no idea just how many endings there were; there are four main ways to end the story, but each one of those endings has four or five different endings as well. It's incredible how easy it is to get sucked into the game. And, fortunately, if you've encountered a line of conversation before, the game will let you skip all the dialogue until you hit something new. All in all, an excellent way to spend many, many hours on your computer.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: September 6
Wow... I bought this game a while ago and only recently got around to playing and have to say i'm impressed. Having played copious amounts of VNs in the past (and present, they are a guilty pleasure of mine, afterall), I was surprised with how many options and endings were available to the player to affect the story. Usually there are a couple of options with some rather than others being the more 'important' ones that affect the story but here, it seems as if almost every option branches the story in another direction. You help guide Cinders and with the choices you pick, her personality changes and so does the outcomeof the tale. The 'evil' stepmother and stepsisters aren't as black or white in this case - everyone has a reason for doing what they do and the characters are humanized. You're forced to take into account not only the actions but the setting the characters are in; whether they do things considered good or bad, most of the times they're just trying to do the best they can do in that situation.

Okay so basically what I'm trying to say is yes you should get the game and try it out because its worth the money. They put a lot of time and efforst into this one and it shows :)
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14.3 hrs
Posted: September 5
Altogether this game was kind of a disappointment. I found it difficult to navigate the choices in order to get a happy ending that I was satisfied with. I was forced to go online and look for a guide, but even then it didn't really help.

Also, if you wanted to go for the more traditional Cinderella ending, there is no interaction with the Prince until the finale of the game at the Ball which I found it highly disatisfying.

The only point I can say in the game's favor is that the artwork is unique, but it doesn't offer much beyond that. Bottom line, I would not recommend spending mone on this game.
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