Cinders is a mature take on a classic fairytale with a heavy emphasis on player choices and role playing.
User reviews: Very Positive (322 reviews) - 89% of the 322 user reviews for this game are positive.
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?"


“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
Helpful customer reviews
95 of 98 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
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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28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
What an amazing game. Not sure I'm entirely qualified to write a review since this is the only visual novel I've played - but I love the game so much, I have to gush about it. Let's see:

- Incredible soundtrack. It's too bad they don't have that as DLC because if they did, I'd buy it in a second.
- Lovely graphics. The artwork is gorgeous in a perfect fairytale way.
- Very interesting story. A good thing too if you're going to play over and over for multiple endings.
- Rich characters. Their dialog was well written and I cared alot about what happened to them.
- Choices really make a difference. The way the story flows is very much up to you. Choose wisely.

- Some of the dialog between characters can get a bit preachy.
- As with most "choose your own adventures", they don't always give you the choices you'd like.

All in all, if you have any interest in the Cinderella story or a well written book-like game with pleasing artwork and music, I highly recommend this. And with all the many ending variations, there's lots of replay value. I've 100%ed the achievements but there are still 2 endings I really want to see so I'm not done playing yet. What a great game!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I'm not much for Visual Novels, or multiple choice. Never really found them very fun to play.
But for some reason, I actually quite like Cinders.

Not even sure what it is that makes me like this game.

But it is indeed a very nice VN. I can certainly recommend this game.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
My opening statement:
Cinders is pretty good visual novel.
I think this is all you need to know at this point.

I like when familiar stories are reimagined, authors and creators give them they own flair and taste, and it worked in Cinders. Story feels fresh, you can like (love would be strong term) and hate characters, and for 3 hours it grabs you and you want to see how the story ends. Happily ever after or miserable till death.

Art is simply fantastic, i am big fan of it.
Music could have been better.
There is nothing specific for what you can be harsh on this game and if you want me to cherry picking some stuff; I was surprised when i saw 16,99€ as a price for Cinders. Holy cow! If i didn't get this game in bundle, i would never ever buy game like this, for price this high.

Awesome artwork, good storytelling were reasons to play till the end; but one end only.


P.S. Gloria is hot. I am weird. I know. So what!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 11

Everyone knows the story so it's unique in the way that you have have a vague understanding of what's to come and this has a big impact on how you play the game. I can't quite recall playing a adventure game before where you know already what is going to happen. End result is a surreal experience - It's like replaying a game you have already completed in your mind and then the end result and journey there is something entirely different.

Nice details on the main characters are worthy of special praise: Stepmother and sisters being the best characters in awhile in just about any adventure game. Disney pictured them as monsters. This game gives them a much more humane form.

High production values and good graphics and soundtrack ensures a smooth game experience. Multiple endings for replayability and you get a whole new perspective to the other main characters in the original fairy tale.

Best in it's genre this far.
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