Cinders (visual novel)
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As it is a visual novel, the player reads through the story and makes choices at crucial points to change the outcome, leading to one out of four different endings. The player has the ability to watch the endings including the variations again. Furthermore, there are eight trophies the player can collect during the game.
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- Cinders: The protagonist of the story. Based on the player's choices her personality differs from kind and compliant, to smart and resourceful,to outright manipulative and evil or a combination .
- Sophia: Cinders' younger stepsister. She is smart but very cynical and bitter and has a tendency to push everyone away. She and Gloria are not close, and, unlike Gloria, she is often at odds with her mother too. Whether she can be befriended, and whether she and her sister can be reconciled (or their relationship gets worse) is up to the player.
- Gloria: Cinders' older stepsister. She is stubborn, and tries to imitate and please Carmosa to the point of losing herself in the process, She has a tense relationship with Sophia due to Sophia's apathy, sharp tongue, and general attitude, but in her own way is as much a slave to Carmosa's will and temper as her sister and Cinders, despite being the favoured daughter. She is more reasonable and fair than her mother if given a chance to show her true personality though. As with Sophia, whether or not she can be befriended, and/or reconciled with her sister depends on the players actions.
- Lady Carmosa: Cinders' stepmother. Lady Carmosa is very capable, clever, resourceful, and utterly ruthless. Leading her house and family with an iron fist, not even her own daughters are spared her harsh and often cruel judgements and words. She is not completely evil, however, and in some endings Cinders can even win her support and get a stuttering apology.
- Madame Ghede: The local medicine woman and a friend of Cinders' late mother. The townsfolk think of her as a witch and generally mistrust her, but are all too willing to run to her when they need help, a fact she resents greatly and hurts her more than she cares to let on. She offers to help Cinders in honour of a promise she made to Cinders mother, but whether or not she does is up to the player. . .
- The Fairy: An ethereal being of questionable motives who inhabits the Lake, she also has a history with Cinders mother and offers to help Cinders, but as with Madame Ghede, it's up to the player whether or not to accept her help..
- Prince Basile: The prince and future king of the country.
- Tobias: A childhood friend of Cinders' and a successful merchant. Depending on your choices he is also a potential love interest for Cinders.
- Perrault: The captain of the royal guard and defender of the village.
Development and release
The official soundtrack by Rob Westwood was released on December 24, 2012. It includes 18 tracks at a total length of 59:17. Cinders OST includes extended versions of all the game’s tracks. It won the yearly award for the "Best Original Score" in 2012 by VNs Now!
- Fairy Tales [02:15]
- The Curious One (Theme of Cinders) [03:02]
- What Lies Behind the Page [02:20]
- Buttered Water [03:04]
- Born from Decision [04:47]
- Pompous Wisdom [03:38]
- Living Upward [02:18]
- Tragic Double Standards [02:31]
- Swept Away [02:24]
- Voodoo Matriarch [02:34]
- A Friendly Face [04:08]
- Seedy, Greedy and Downright Sleazy [04:02]
- Weary of War [03:00]
- Certainly No Knight [04:11]
- A Fork in the Road [01:09]
- Dance With Me Noble Stranger [04:42]
- Romantic Interlude (Unused Title Theme) [02:12]
- Melodies and Blurbs (Medley of Themes) [06:51]
Cinders received 5/5 stars on GameZebo with reviewer Neilie Johnson writing: "If you've never experienced an interactive novel, Cinders is an exceptional example of the genre, and the perfect title with which to start." IndieGame" wrote about the game: "Asides from being delightfully well-written, highly replayable and filled with complex, convoluted characters, Cinders is also beautiful."
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