I decided to make this a general MoaCube games thread in case they release more visual novels, but let's face it, this will mostly be about Cinders. Cinders! It's awesome. It's beautiful. It's $22.95, but it's worth it. What is it? An updated and much more feminist retelling of Cinders. No more is Cinderella the passive little Disney princess we've known her as. Nor is she even the slightly-passive talker-to-birds from more modern adaptions such as Into the Woods. No, here she's full of character and life as she tries to take control over her life, possibly befriend her stepsisters, and maybe even accept her Stepmother. Or not. What does it look like? Seriously, this game is gorgeous. Also, those backgrounds? They're animated. What does it play like? This is a visual novel, so you watch dialogue scenes and you make decisions. But oh, what decisions. There's an unbelievable number of points where you can make choices, and each of those choices feels like it has a definite affect on the gameplay, or at least character development. To help you keep track, there's a very helpful branch icon that appears whenever you're in a scene that could go differently depending on decisions. How many endings are there? Officially they say there's 4 endings with variations, but I think that's underselling it quite a bit. These aren't the "did I succeed at my job" kinds of variations. Basically, each ending is grouped into a category: there's one for if Cinders becomes Queen, one if she runs away and escapes, etc., and while the different endings are variations on these themes they are also undeniably their own ending. Running away with one of the guys definitely feels like a different ending than escaping on your own, for example. Wait, guys? What guys? It wouldn't be a Cinderella story without some guys to romance. You can go for the classic handsome prince, who's more interested in political negotiations than falling in love; his faithful captain of the guard who is becoming outmoded in this new world of spies and intrigue; or your childhood best friend, now grown up and managing his own shop. Or you can say to hell with it and not romance anyone. Again, choices. So why should I play it? Why shouldn't you play it? Do you have something against good games? Do you hate fun? But I don't have any money! Well, lucky for you, there's a demo on their website you can play to get the feel of the game before deciding to buy it. You can also read more about the game here, and see what the press has to say. I cannot discuss things without seeing them in video form! Well you're in luck!