Cinders is a mature take on a classic fairytale with a heavy emphasis on player choices and role playing.
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Release Date: Jun 20, 2012

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"Okay I know the art style isn't anime but this visual novel is GORGEOUS. It has dating sim elements and follows the story of Cinderella...or does it?"

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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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System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.5 or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
First of all, if you aren't into visual novels this isn't for you. But on the otherhand, if you are then i garuntee you will love it if you play it all the way through.
This game has four different main endings each with a couple different epilogues you can get through the choices you make. I've seen some reviews on here that say the choices don't matter, which i have to disagree with. Every visual novel game will have choices that seem meaingless and pointless and may not exactly contribute to the main story, but they are there to give you a sense of control. Other choices will be vitally important like the first choice you make. It can change the whole story depending on what you choose. Some people are bothered by no voices or terrible music or any other thing that falls under that category, these people will be so pleased with the musical choice the creators went with. It is beautiful and one of my favorite soundtracks of any game i have ever played. It makes the game 10x better in my opinion. Like i said before, there are four main endings each with their own epilogues; if you are one of those gamers that like to get all they can in a game but hesitates because it takes too long, you will be pleased to find that you can skip through all the dialogue so it makes the replay value go up. Another thing to add would be the artwork for this game. It is amazingly beautiful. Most visual novels have static(stay still) artwork that changes when you move forward in the conversation, but this game has dynamic artwork that moves. Granted it is not much but fires flicker, and dust particles in the sunlight are visible.
Saying all this, there are some faults. Not many, but they are there. Some characters seem useless and very unnatural along with some situations. Sometimes the words lag behind if you are running something in the background. There, that's all the cons in my opinion. Time for the assessment.
Story: 8
Replay Value: 10
Music: 10
Characters: 8
Artwork: 10
If you like visual novels, you will thoroughly enjoy this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
MoaCube* has broken an arm, leg, thigh--heck, let's throw in hands too while we're at it. Praise to the writers in this project. Because of them, my expectations for visual novels have been a little more quenched. The writing is ridiculously good compared to all visual novels. Great quotes. A lot of time has been put in each choice point. Most of the time, the "better choice" is not clear or possible-there may be more than one. It's pretty fast pace. The story quality is on par with Jisei/Kansei/Yousei in that aspect. A bit slow towards the end though. FYI This is NOT a game stressed as a dating sim. Your choices will give you an ending that doesn't really stress on the "person" you are with but rather, your final situation. Finally, a huge applause to the art, music, and animation (lip/eye movements to background animation). MoaCube* has really outdone themselves on this project. A must play.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I thoroughly enjoyed this game — although it would perhaps more accurately be described as a 'choose your own adventure' novel, of the kind I loved when I was a child. You are given enough choice to influence the game and feel as though you have control over your own fate, but not so many choices as to make each individual choice feel meaningless or to ruin the narrative structure.

After finishing it the first time, I loaded a little while back and tried to try out some other choices, and was initially very disappointed — it felt that no matter what I chose, there were very few endings open to me, and they were virtually identical. It wasn't until I started again from the beginning that I realised this wasn't because my choices were meaningless, but because all my previous choices and developed the world in such a way that those outcomes were the only realistic consequences of the character I constructed in the situation I placed her in.

On the whole, if you don't like Virtual Novels, you won't like this one. If you're looking for something a bit more 'gamey', like Long Live the Queen, this will probably be too simplistic for you. But if you like reading, even if you were never into 'choose your own adventure' stories, this is probably worth picking up.

Game-play aside, the game is ~gorgeous~ and the music lovely. Several of the backgrounds are in my desktop wallpaper rotation they're that pretty.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
So many paths to take that I haven't discovered yet, but I can't WAIT to do so. One of the most solid VNs I've ever played.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Animation is gorgeous and the many storylines keep it interesting!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Cinders' strongest point is the art; it's absolutely breathtaking. There are a couple typos throughout the game, which in my opinion is a huge flaw given that it's a visual novel. Not much replay-ability, though, since the main story line stays more or less the same with slight variations, making it rather repetitive. There are four main endings to unlock (each with its own variants), which personally I wouldn't have the patience to achieve due to repetitiveness. I would still recommend, though, since I thoroughly enjoyed my first play-through, and of course, the game is a wonder to look at.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Bought this game in a Humble Bundle. It looked different and interesting so gave it a whirl. First thing first this game is very text heavy and to get the most out of the game you should read it. The game has a nice feature where you can speed up the text and skip along to the next bit. Personally I found there was just too much to read and too little to decide Cinder's path throughout the story. There are some interesting characters and the artwork is lovely but I think one playthrough the game will do for me personally.

If you like text based games and fancy reading a nice twist on a classic fairy tale this is worth a look. Otherwise probably best to pass on :)
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
If you like visual novels, this is a game for you. I don't really enjoy them, but I did enjoy this game.. I would imagine this game being more for girls.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Remember when your grandma used to read you Cinderella and you were thinking: "what's wrong with her, why she never stands up to those nasty sisters and horrid stepmother, at least, she could drop some flies in their soup, get some ants to their beds and some giant spiders to they rooms".
Well, Cinders doesn't do all those childish things, but your childish dream can be more than fulfilled in this game. Cinders can do things and go places and be mean if need be, and there is need, as we all know.
Another great thing about Cinders, we see motivations behind actions, nobody is evil just for the sake of making somebody else look pitiful.
This VN is satisfactory on many levels. It looks nice too, dialogue is good and great at times.
There are many endings and some heavy choices. Choices are most of the time too obvious, though, but it's hard to expect otherwise when we are talking about so well known tale.

I recommend it for all VN fans out there.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
As far as visual novels go, I have to say that CINDERS is my favorite, thus far. The game takes the player down a very mature path within a classic children's fairytale. The player has complete control over the decision making process of the main character. Thus, with each choice the player makes for Cinders, her personality changes as the game progresses. There is a large number of outcomes for this character based on those decisions she is presented with throughout the game. For instance, with the decisions the player chooses for Cinders, she could become very evil or good, very sexual or timid, and/or anywhere in between. I honestly couldn't believe the number of outcomes this game presents the player with! The replayability is enormous. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous. The music is beautiful. I applaud how the devs implemented the 'fast forward scene' ability within the game as even though this is a VN, thus a lot of reading, it allows the player to choose whether to read through a scene over and over if they wish OR fast forward through a scene that they have previously experienced. Please remember, there are NUMEROUS outcomes to this game and over 300 different possible decisions to be made (at minimum)! The player can also choose the rate of speed that the dialogue is presented, which gives the player a chance to choose either the slower paced dialogue which visually allows 'emphasis' placed on certain words or phrases 'spoken' by each character OR to speed it up and read at the players pace. I literally just finished the very last outcome for this game before writing this review. I sat back and just said "WOW!" (yes, it's that good!) I highly recommend this game to any VN lover --- and would really like to see others at least give it a shot. It truly is a very well thought out game!!!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Cinders is probably the most satisfying and complete visual novel on Steam.

Though it is a retelling of the classic fairytale Cinderella, the new take makes it seem like another story altogether. The world you can explore and discover is complex, especially when it comes to the characters: Cinders' stepsisters and stepmothers are neither redeemed, like some retellings tend to do just for the sake of novelty, nor degraded just to put the main character in a better light. They are complex, round characters with motivations and goals that you can find out about.

However, the game retains a fairytale atmosphere that is most pleasant. The art contributes to that, giving the game a fine identity and a unique feel, though some might find some similarities between Cinders and The Princess and the Frog in a number of ways, depending on your choices and actions.

Which takes me to the last point: Cinders does have a consistent structure. The huge number of choices doesn't take away your notion of the bigger picture and you can indeed shape Cinders to your own will. The fact there are many endings doesn't take away the feeling that your playthrough was fulfilling, since you may feel those were indeed your choices. You do things because *you* want to.

Overall, Cinders is a very entertaining game and a great example for western visual novel developers.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
It's rather unusual to see a visual novel coming from somewhere other than Japan that doesn't attempt to merely emulate those that do, but instead takes hold of the genre and carves a unique path for itself that shows VNs have a lot more to offer than we've thus seen. In the case of Cinders, it also manages to update a classic fairytail into a far more mature and modern story, turning Cinderella into a newly captivating adventurer that eschews many of the originals childish elements for mystery and intrigue. It stumbles a bit along the way, as if walking in its own pair of undersized glass slippers, but on the whole amounts to something unexpectedly enthralling and maybe just a bit magical.

I can't imagine anyone is unfamiliar with the story of Cinderella, so I'll skip the introductions. The vile mother and sisters, sad girl living as a servant waiting for the world to change, glass slippers and prince charming are all here as you'd expect, but where Cinders differs is in taking a simple fairy tail and turning it into a mature and intriguing story that is wildly different than how you remember it. Character interactions are full of personal dialogue and emotion, turning the original cliches into actual people you can relate and empathize with. Cinders sisters might be cold, but once their reasons are explained it's hard not to feel sorry for them despite their cruelties. The prince may appear to live a life of carefree amusement, but on the inside his constant questioning of his actions is tearing him apart and making him question his own motives. There are certainly moments when it becomes overly self indulgent with some of its writing, and a few endings feel a bit hollow (though that's to be expected with how many there are), but these moments are overshadowed by the majority of the dialog, which is hugely engrossing and when compiled with the element of your own choices becomes even more compelling, as you shape the outcome to any number of different paths.

Which brings me to one of the few areas Cinders slips up a bit, at least in the view of someone who wishes to see more than the one ending they arrive at. Throughout the story (which should take you around 2-5 hours depending on your reading speed) you encounter a myriad of choices which change the story and eventually decide your characters fate. The issue arises in the sheer number of decisions that can have an impact on the ending, and the very limited number of saves you are given, which means you are required to skip through huge amounts of text again and again as you reload and make minor alterations to your choices in the attempts to see a new ending. It all becomes greatly repetitive and takes far more time than it otherwise might had you been given more freedom in the number of saves you have, as well as making it quicker to skip through dialog you've already read before.

But ultimately it's a somewhat inconsequential complaint as for those not obsessed with seeing every ending, the first run through the story isn't the least bit affected and just as captivating as ever. Least I forget Cinders is also remarkably pretty to look at, with fantastic art and a ton of minor details bringing the picture to life, from background objects to character expressions. It's a bold new direction for visual novels, a genre that's been stagnant and underrepresented outside of Japan for a long time, and a brilliant first attempt by developer MoaCube which I hope is but the first of many more to come.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Out of all the VNs I've played on Steam, this one takes the cake. It has a lot more content, variation, and depth compared to most other titles and it's an interesting take on Cinderella. The choices are not limited to A or B and the multiple variations per ending add a nice twist for those who enjoy somewhat specific/customized paths. The art is also very beautiful. That's a huge deal for some people so I'm glad that it was the first thing about this game to captivate me.

5/5. It's a solid VN.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
I admit I'm new to the visual novel scene, but as a starting point, I found Cinders to be very satisfying. The art is gorgeous (especially backgrounds!) and chock full of effects. It also makes me happy that the relationships between the female characters are the crux of the story - the stepmother and Cinder's sisters are complex characters, neither good nor evil; Cinder's behavior towards them brings out other sides to them, and lead to different futures. It also pleased me that the endings aren't entirely depended on whom Cinders falls in love with - they're about her choices for her future and who she wants to be in life. A hot guy can come along if he wants, sure. But Cinders is more than just a vehicle for player romance, she's a young woman looking for her path in life, for better or for worse. It was a pleasurable experience with lovely visuals, and I'm really looking forward to the team's next game, which looks like it will be even better.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Despite the idea and the setting, Cinders is NOT a fairytale story about mistreated girl getting her happy love ending with the help of fairy godmother. Sure, there is a fairy, there is a ball, there is a Prince, there is a lost slipper (altough it's not a glass one, and she didn't really lose it...).

What you get here instead, is a story about dealing with your broken family. Both, your Stepmother and your Stepsisters have developed troubled personalities hidden under masks of the roles they trying (or are simply forced) to fullfil, and it's up to you to chose what kind of "happy ending" do you want to get, not only for yourself, but also for your family. Will you try to work things out together and help them develop? Or will you destroy them, to get what you want? Or maybe you'll run away from everything and search for your Happy Ending somewhere else? Or maybe you'll become someone you used to despised yourself? Even though the story is set in stricte fairytale world, it portrays MODERN issues of many dysfunctional families out there. And that I find the biggest attraction of this game, along with very beautiful aesthetics.

On the downside... The game felt like it lacked some more individual panels to look at (as this is what the gameplay is all about- to look at lovely pictures and read a story you can influence with the choices of your own ). Possible romance options could have been developed much further ( 'cmon! You give us 3 handsome dudes and make us lick the window instead of touching the shinies >.< ! ). And unfortunately, there is no voice-acting, at all. All this makes me feel that 15,99€ is way to expensive for the content it offers. Even though, I still give Cinders thumbs up \o/.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
An excellent visual novel with an interesting re-imagining of the Cinderella fairytale. The story's short, but it does give you plenty of chances to alter the way that story unfolds. And however short it may be, the story really cannot be complimented enough for its quality. There aren't any CGs, which is to say unique graphics illustrating special moments, but the general artwork is more than good enough to make up for that.

All in all, if you're a fan of visual novels, this is definitely worth playing. If you've never played a visual novel before, this is an excellent choice for your first.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
I've only gotten one ending so far, but this is definitely one of the best games I've purchased on Steam and probably even one of the best games I've played all year. I was intrigued by the synopsis on the game's page, and it definitely lives up to all the lofty goals its set for itself.

This game isn't just a spin on Cinderella - it's much more than that. The story seems to take a lot of interesting turns no matter what you want the outcome to be. The variations on endings depending on the choices you make is really cool; I wish more games used a system like it. But, even with an interesting story, this game may have been pretty bland if the characters were just ripped from the fairy tale. Luckily, that's not the case. All of the characters are more than they appear at first glance; they all have well-defined, complex personalities.

I would have gladly paid full-price for this game, and I am definitely going to explore it more.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I adore this game. It's a beautifully illustrated interactive storybook rather than a traditional game. I should mention that I purchased it directly from Moa when it was first released and they kindly gave me a Steam key when it was released on Steam.

The story is a familiar one: you are Cinderella and you have to decide how the events play out. How will she/you react to your stepmother's machinations? Will you tell her off or be meek? Do you love the prince for himself or do you just want to increase your social stature? Do you fall in love with a childhood friend instead of the prince? Do you choose no one at all?

The graphics are flat-out gorgeous. The art is lush, vibrant, and full of life. Replayability is high due to the vast number of choices you can make. I've finished one playthrough and am currently playing again to try some of the other options. In the original version I had some issues with crashing and saves not actually saving and in one instance I had to completely restart, but these issues seem to have been fixed in the Steam version as I have not experienced any crashing/lockups/etc.

Take a look at the screenshots and if you're even remotely intrigued, get this game. You won't be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I love this game... I bought it in the Summer Sale and haven't stopped playing it since. I'm trying to play it until I have unlocked all the endings ... and there are alot of endings you can achieve (check out Cinders Wiki for a full list of the endings but warning spoilers) I have even gone as far as to create an excel spreadsheet that has every choice that I have made in each of my games so I can work out what I have already done in simular games to make sure I can unlock a different ending each time I play it... I know, anal right? But I'm loving this game at the moment. As you can see from the images previewed for this game, the art work is really beautiful, unlike some Visual novel games you see on the market that are drawn badly. The writing is really good also...havent found any spelling errors yet. The music in this game is really good too... so good that I had to purchase the download for the OST of Cinders and I love it... really good. It all works really well together and a lot of fun re-playing the game to try and get the different endings and achievements. This is the best visual novel game that I have played and I would love it if Moacube could create another fairytale Visual novel game like this one although they have just annouced a new game called 'Solstice' on Greenlight so if you like Cinders you should vote on Greenlight for Solstice.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Wonderfully drawn, mature and brilliant visual novel reimagining Cinderella's story. It’s highly replayable, well-written and absolutely winning on the field of gender representation.
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