Beautifully illustrated and well written, Cinders has come to Xbox. What is it you ask? Cinders is a graphic novel from the fine people of MoaCube Games and Illustrated by the very talented Gracjana Zielinska. After releasing back in 2012 on PC and then again on the Nintendo Switch in 2019, this graphical masterpiece has come to our hands and is by far worth it’s weight in gold. Cinders, as you can tell from the title, is a more grown up version of the popular fairy-tale Cinderella. With colorful characters and a protagonist with a go-get-em attitude, the story is full of different angles to take and with over 300 options or paths you will have no trouble with playing through again and again.
‘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.’
You play the part of Cinderella, Cinders for short, living a life of misery and foreboding. As you interact with other characters you will make choices either good, bad or even just sit on the fence about something but eventually you will be thrown into a hard choice that will determine the outcome of the game and even in some aspects, how the game looks. Finishing certain sections of the game will unlock new items which will show on your title screen and throughout the game.
The characters in Cinders are very well written and seem to spring to life as you read along. Street urchins, housewives and Royal Guards all seem to play a part in this magical adventure popping in to all have a say and guide the story in certain directions, all dressed in the medievil fashion of the time. Again also beautifully illustrated, with such detail helping to bring these characters to life with painted artwork that look like they belong in a museum. Palaces, Lakes and town landscapes offer different locations throughout the journey each with their own unique feel.
Cinders is a stunning game with colorful characters and deep storyline to immerse yourself into a newly constructed version of a beloved fairy-tale. With many paths to take and choices to be made, will you wear the slipper, or throw it all away? The choice is yours.