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''Cinders'' is a VisualNovel / RomanceGame for PC and MAC made by Moa Cube, artist Gracjana Zielinska and composer Rob Westwood. It is a reimagining of [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Cinderella]], in which you have to play as Cinders - an orphan girl humiliated and enslaved by her stepmother, explore the world around you, interact with people ([[FairFolk and not only them]]) and find your own place in life.

A westernized VisualNovel, which is already a niche genre, with an art style that is ''not'' anime-inspired, but detailed and lovely in its own way. Cinders also offers far more frequent choices than the standard VisualNovel mold, allowing precise customisation of the protagonist's personality to suit the player.

You can download the free demo and/or buy this game [[http://moacube.com/games/cinders/ here]]. [[WikiRule Has its own]] [[http://cinders.wikia.com/wiki/Cinders_Wiki wiki]] - complete with walkthrough, so look out for spoilers.

Not to be confused with ''Literature/{{Cinder}}'', the first novel of ''Literature/LunarChronicles'' series.

!!''Cinders'' has examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Carmosa. She not only forced her stepdaughter to be a servant in her own house, but she emotionally abuses and neglects her own daughters.
** ParentsAsPeople: However, the game makes it clear that Carmosa's life has been [[FreudianExcuse far from easy]], and the reason she works everyone so hard is because she wants her daughters to be well off. She's just going about it ''very'' badly.
* AdaptationExpansion: And that's an understatement.
* AlignmentBasedEndings: In two of the possible endings, Cinders can be a [[spoiler: [[TheHighQueen Good]], Fair, Machiavellic, or [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Evil]] Queen;]] or a [[spoiler: Good, Wise, Quiet, or Ironhanded Host]].
* AlphaBitch: Lady Carmosa.
* AmicableExes: Perrault and Madame Ghede.
* AtLeastIAdmitIt: Sophia's attitude towards the world. She believes that ''everyone'' is as cruel and selfish as Sophia and her family -- they're just less honest about it.
* AntiHero / VillainProtagonist: Can be both played straight and averted. It all depends on you.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Your stepmother and stepsisters, of all people.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: From Cinders to Gloria, "What do you like to do?"
* BaitAndSwitch: [[spoiler:the Traveler ending. Either the Fairy or Madame Ghede tells you to return to your house after the Ball, and they'll send someone to pick you up. But when you do return to the house, Captain Perrault bursts in to ''arrest'' you on charges of sneaking into the Ball with a forged invitation. This can make you think you screwed up somewhere...nope, actually, Perrault is just there to pick you up so you can leave town; the arrest was a pretext to provide Lady Carmosa a reason to let you leave without sending henchmen after you to block your escape.]]
* BefriendingTheEnemy: Cinders can successfully befriend one, two, or all members of her step-family if she wants to.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Cinder's personality can be that of a good and obedient girl, but she is still able to [[spoiler:poison and kill Carmosa to become the head of the household.]]
* BlondesAreEvil: Cinders's step-family all have locks of gold.
* ButThouMust: [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] '''Every''' choice affects the dialogue and outcome of the game.
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling the Old Woman Out]]: Cinders gets to do this to Carmosa in most (if not all) of the routes.
* CinderellaCircumstances
* CharacterAlignment: Cinders can be good, smart, or evil; idealistic or cynical; and a believer of fate or freewill.
* CharacterDevelopment: If Cinders befriends her stepsisters, they emotionally develop. Gloria begins to show self-dependence and confidence, while Sophia becomes less cold and sarcastic.
* CodeOfHonor: Perrault has one, based on his duty as the captain of the royal guard.
* ComingOfAgeStory
* CosmeticAward: The trophies, though they ''are'' very pretty.
** Some of their descriptions are also a bit tongue-in-cheek -- for instance, "For [[BadEnding dying a miserable death]], you are rewarded with the Grim Skull!"
* DaddysGirl: Cinders can be [[spoiler: if the she chooses to tell Sophia about her childhood and says that it was great.]]
* DanceOfRomance: Played straight or subverted, depending on who Cinder's romantic interest is in the end. If she's in love with the Prince, it's played straight. If she's in love with Perrault/Tobias or in not in love with anybody, it's subverted.
* DeadpanSnarker: Cinders has her moments.
** Sophia outdoes her (and everyone) by miles, though [[StepfordSnarker there is more to it]] in her case.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler: Never featured as such, but the vague remarks from the Fairy Queen about "The Concord" and "The Price" certainly remind one of this. Also, if you go through your path with the Fairy as your helper, the Shady character will imply that she has had a part in Cinders's mother dying]].
* DeathByDespair: The Grim Fate ending.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Gloria and/or Sophia, if you're on their friendship paths.
** [[spoiler:You can also potentially earn Carmosa's respect and support in the ending.]]
* DemotedToExtra: It's possible to do this to Tobias, Madame Ghede, and the Fairy Queen. Tobias appears in two scenes early on in the game, but it's possible to ignore him for the rest of it. With Madame Ghede and the Fairy Queen, you can essentially ignore one in favor of the other.
* DialogueTree: As per usual for the genre.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Sophia.
* DotingParent: Cinders's father was this when he was alive.
* EarnYourBadEnding: Getting the worst ending takes a lot of effort. See the entry for MultipleEndings below.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The line uttered by each of the main characters before their individual cutscene.
* EvilMatriarch: Carmosa, of the ''dramatic'' variation, to her daughters, Gloria and Sophia.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The ''Shady'' character.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: [[spoiler:The "Queen" portraits, in order of good to evil -- Good, Fair, Machiavellic, Evil -- increase Cinders's eyeshadow accordingly. The Good portrait has none at all]].
* FairFolk: [[spoiler:The spirit of the lake.]]
* FairyGodmother: [[PlayingWithATrope Played With.]] Both the Fairy and Madame Ghede are substitutes of the Fairy Godmother from the original fairy tale and can help Cinders get to ball, but neither are traditional fairy godmothers. Their help comes with a ominous price, or they may have their own hidden agendas. They have motivations beyond just granting Cinders's wish.
* Fashion: Sophia is more than relieved to take off her ball gown after a day spent at the tailor's getting it fixed.
** Cinders immediately takes off hervshoes and throws them over a wall after her dance with Prince Basile, because the shoes, though beautiful, are small and pinch her feet.
* FracturedFairyTale: Unlike most examples of this trope, though, it's rather more dramatic than funny.
* FreudianExcuse: Your stepmother and her daughters may be bitches, but their lives sure weren't easy.
* TheGenericGuy: Gloria. Her defining trait is her desire to gain her mother's approval, and she's so consumed by this goal that she has developed little outside of it. As a result, she's awkward, boring, and shallow.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Nothing explicit happens on-screen (except possibly [[spoiler:Cinders murdering Carmosa in one ending]]), but the game is clearly set in a medieval era, and the characters' attitudes are influenced by this. For example, Ghede -- the only black character in the game -- is frequently accused of crime by the townspeople, and talks scornfully about how they perceive her as a [[BurnTheWitch witch]].
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: A variant with three sisters. Gloria and Sophia are the Beautiful Sister and Smart Sister respectively. Cinders is basically a mix of the two and seems to the only one inclined/able to really socialize.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The Fairy's conversation with the Shady implies that Fairies are as much dependent on humans who believe in them as the other way around.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen / TheHighQueen: [[spoiler:You can be either of these in some of the endings, depending on Cinders' personality and choices.]]
* GoodIsOldFashioned: Perrault.
* GoldDigger: Carmosa married for money twice and expects Gloria and Sophia to do the same. Cinders can do this as well if the player chooses.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Courtesy of Cinders's stepmother and stepsisters.
* HowWeGotHere: The game begins after the Prince's ball when the Captain of the Guard comes looking for Cinders. Before she goes to see him, she contemplates how her actions in the past few days have led up to this point.
* IAmNotPretty: Sophia's perception of herself, especially when compared to Gloria but this is a case of InformedAttractiveness.
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: Cinders's reasoning if rejects Tobias when he asks her on a date.
* KarmaMeter: Kind of. The game tracks Cinders's "goodness" and "badness" in her choices, but they mainly deal with her general personality and outlook rather than her objective moral standing. [[TakeAThirdOption There's also another personality variable that measures her intelligence]].
* {{Lampshading}}: Cinders tells the audience about the book she's read recently which featured [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a girl who suffered at the hands of her abusive family, yet did nothing but waited for the prince to save her and, finally, was rewarded]]. She decides that the book is dangerous for girls as they might develop a "martyr-like attitude".
* LegacyOfService: Perrault's family has served in the King's guard since his great grandfather saved the king's life.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Almost everyone.
* MagicalNegro: Madame Ghede. She is the only black character in the game and may have "magical" voodoo-ish powers.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified.]] The reason why she aids Cinders is because she is indebted to Cinder's mother.
** Also, possibly [[SubvertedTrope subverted.]] In Madam Ghede's conversation with the Shady character, he states that Madam Ghede manipulated Cinders for her own selfish agenda.
* MasqueradeBall: The Prince holds one of these so that he can choose a wife without discriminating over looks or political ties.
* MatingDance: When Cinders and the Prince dance together, they press their bodies right up against one another and the looks on their faces--which are only a few inches apart--are pretty lusty as they gaze into the other's eyes.
* MeanwhileScene: Frequently, usually focusing on Basile and Perrault.
* MultipleEndings: As is expected of the genre. Interestingly, the details of each ending are not set in stone, and there can be many variances depending on your choices earlier in the story.
** BadEnding / ItsAWonderfulFailure: The Grim Fate. It actually has a very specific set of requirements; [[EarnYourBadEnding you pretty much have to be trying in order to get it]].
*** To be precise, here's how to get The Grim Fate: [[spoiler:be defiant to Carmosa, don't pursue romance with either Perrault or Tobias, don't follow the Shady character (or if you do, don't succeed in interrogating certain information out of him) so you'll miss out on some crucial information, and don't search for a will when Cinders's narration ''point-blank tells you'' that a will might be useful. Then, when Cinders is trying to decide between re-taking Carmosa's home or escaping town, choose to try to re-take Carmosa's home by poisoning her...but because you were defiant to her earlier, she won't trust the breakfast you serve and she'll discover the poison in it, which causes her to ''have you arrested'' and you eventually rot to death in the Royal Dungeon, consumed by guilt and failure.]]
* MysteriousParent: Cinders's mother. Multiple characters are connected to Cinders through her mother, who had the foresight to stack the odds in her daughter's favor by keeping powerful and/or resourceful people in her debt.
* NatureVersusNurture: Depending on how Cinders interacts with her step-family, she will see them either as [[NurtureOverNature victims of circumstance]] or inherently awful human beings.
** The first choice available in game hints at this trope, [[spoiler: do people deserve a second chance or do they get what they deserve?]]
* NoNameGiven: Shady character.
* NotSoDifferent: Cinders and Carmosa, particularly if Cinders has a cunning and/or selfish personality.
** If the player has Cinders constantly sneak out of the house while Carmosa is briefly away and Gloria and/or Sophia don't like her enough to cover up for her, the ensuing conversation in the study goes poorly, and the "not so different" part gets [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] when Carmosa asks Cinders to say to herself, "I am not the only person in the world," the same sentiment ''Cinders'' wishes ''Carmosa'' would learn.
** Sophia clearly doesn't like Carmosa's domineering ways any better than Cinders does, and if Cinders befriends her, she admits to Cinders that she was similarly mistreated by Carmosa in her childhood because of Carmosa's ParentalFavoritism for Gloria. Additionally, Cinders admits close to the beginning of the game that she actually feels sorry for Gloria because Carmosa's treatment of her is not much different from her treatment of Sophia or Cinders in spite of Gloria doing her best to please her.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Cinders" isn't the protagonist's real name, but we never learn what she is really called.
** The Shady character.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Your Fairy Godmother is [[spoiler:either an ethereal spirit of the lake, or an ambiguously voodoo-ish black lady in a carnival dress.]]
* [[PosthumousCharacter Posthumous Characters]]: Cinders's parents. They're both dead before the story begins, but they are frequently mentioned.
* RagsToRiches: If Cinders marries the Prince. This trope is done Cinderella style, of course.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Prince wants to abolish the monarchy and create a representative government for the future happiness of his people, even if this means angering the old-fashioned nobility.
* RedheadedHero: Cinders. Her father gave her the nickname because of her hair.
** RedheadedStepchild
** SignificantGreenEyedRedhead
* SceneryPorn: Everything, from main menu to [[CostumePorn Cinders's rags]], is ''gorgeous''.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Cinders can decide to simply run away from home in some endings instead of directly confronting Carmosa or trying to become the Queen.
* ShoutOut: When Cinders gets too sentimental, she kicks herself back to common sense, saying that soon [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} she'll begin considering mice and sparrows her only friends, and they'll "all go frolicking and singing together"]].
** One of your possible love interests is named [[CharlesPerrault Perrault]]. No, really.
*** Another love interest is Prince [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giambattista_Basile Basile]], named for the fairy tale collector whose book contained the earliest known variant of Cinderella.
*** There's also Madame [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghede Ghede]]. Fittingly enough, you meet her in a cemetery.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Sophia's attitude.
* SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids: Sophia, Gloria, and Carmosa all share this attitude. Cinders can too, if the player is so inclined.
* SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVersusFate
** In the story, the Fairy represents BecauseDestinySaysSo/[[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVersusFate Fighting Fate is Hard]]. Madam Ghede represents ScrewDestiny.
** If you choose Cinders to side either pro-fate or pro-will, she will become closer to either the Fairy or Madam Ghede.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism
* StepfordSmiler: Gloria.
* StepfordSnarker: Sophia.
* StupidEvil / StupidGood: Cinders can be this, depending on your choices.
** Being ''particularly'' StupidEvil in a certain select circumstance can also get you the BadEnding.
* TheUnfavorite: Cinders is this to Carmosa. Sophia was this until Cinders came into the picture.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Tobias, if you focus on him.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: You can reach out to your stepfamily and help them overcome their bitterness and become better people.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: ...or you can decide to PayEvilUntoEvil and be completely horrible to them. You can even gain Carmosa's trust and then have her imprisoned or poisoned to clear the way for you as the new head of the house.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Carmosa, Gloria, and Sophia. They haven't done anything truly evil or unlawful, they're just rude and spiteful.
** Well, actually...[[spoiler: Carmosa does forge their invitation for the ball, but it is more of a FelonyMisdemeanor.]]
* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done Daughter" Girl]]: Poor, poor Gloria...
* WhatTheHellHero: If you take the more ruthless choices in the game [[spoiler:like poisoning Carmosa or having her arrested]], the other characters ''will'' call you out on it. Unless you covered your tracks, that is.
* WickedStepmother: Carmosa, though she's portrayed a little more sympathetically than some.
** Can be [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] at the end, depending on game play.
* YouBastard: If you care about the sisters, [[spoiler:Sophia's accusations and Gloria's breakdown following Carmosa's death if you poisoned her]] are going to sting.
* YouCantFightFate: The Fairy's arguments against Cinders, if Cinders insists to the Fairy that her freedom of choice has decided and will continue to decide her life thus far.
* YourCheatingHeart: If Cinders decides to woo the Prince after having already romanced Tobias or Perrault, the ending will feature her carrying on an affair with Tobias/Perrault as the Queen and the Prince being none too pleased but having to put up with it.
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