Cinders

Rating Summary

Based on 11 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

36%

Critics Recommend

Based on 11 critic reviews
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60 / 100
Aug 25, 2020

The bottom line of my playthrough is that not much I had done mattered in the end. If you are interested in playing Cinders, be prepared to play it to completion for the best experience because it is clear that not every door has a prize behind it, and not every ending suits a fairytale.

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7.4 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2020

Cinders is a very nice and original title, but it is undoubtedly made and thought for a niche audience.

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7 / 10
May 22, 2019

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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Feb 28, 2019

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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8 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2019

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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7.3 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2020

Despite being extremely poor gameplay-wise, Cinders is a fascinating, smart and fresh take on the (obsolete) Cinderella tale.

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6 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2020

Cinders attempts a modern, feminist take on the classic fairy tale but poor writing and uninspired art leave it smothered in the ashes.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2019

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

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9 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

Cinders' story had me hooked from beginning to end, while its compelling cast of characters, the themes it explores and its deviations from the traditional narrative of Cinderella made for a surprisingly poignant tale that I won't soon forget.

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Feb 27, 2019

As a Choose Your Own Adventure style narrative, Cinders is a wonderful experience but it doesn't quite feel like a full video game.

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