Cinders

MoaCube, Crunching Koalas

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
73
Top Critic Average
57%
Critics Recommend
Based on 7 critic reviews
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Cinders

Rating Summary

Based on 7 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

57%

Critics Recommend

Based on 7 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCJun 20, 2012
Nintendo SwitchFeb 14, 2019

Developers: MoaCube, Crunching Koalas

Genre: RPG

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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Cinders is a short but highly replayable visual novel with dynamic characters and sharp writing. The visuals and soundtrack aren’t revolutionary but serve the narrative well. However, slowdown, while infrequent, can be a game-breaking experience when it appears.

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Though Cinders would like to be a mature version of the Cinderella fairy tale, it fails to separate itself from the original and ends up rehashing a story we've all heard before.

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Cinders is a good example of a visual novel on the Nintendo Switch based on a familiar tale, that of Cinderella, told through a more modern lens. While the game is rather short, its four endings act like good motivators to keep the players focused, especially with its quality writing and appealing visuals. Cinders would only benefit from longer storylines that would amount to a lengthier experience.

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Cinders breathes new life into a tired fairytale in a way that is smart, dark and funny.

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