(BLOGGERS PICK) Cinders Game Review and Developer Interview

First Impressions and Gameplay

I’ll try to keep it from having any spoilers, I’m actually on my second gameplay and the story branched much differently from my first gameplay

Note: I purposely tried to not read too much info about the game. I avoided comments/reviews that mentioned anything that may reveal how this version of Cinderella differs from the Disney version (or any other versions that I’m aware of) because I wanted to see how well the story was written for myself. I mean yeah its pretty and all, but if the story can’t live up to its part in the game, then I would personally feel the game is hollow and a waste of money. Plus, being the bookworm that I am, I’m also picky and I ain’t afraid to admit that.

 

Graphics Art Style: Eeepit..it moved!

Usually, in visual novel games, the art they have there doesn’t really move so they’re usually still-pictures. Cinders, however, uses motion graphics with their gorgeous painting-like art styles, which I loved because it actually made me feel like I have a story book in front of me that’s alive if that makes sense. If you look at it closely, the devs really put a lot of detail into them. From the dancing flames, to the moving rays of light, I found myself trying to absorb everything. I saw the characters background basically come to life so to speak, and even the characters themselves have some motion graphics going on like when their mouths moved and when their facial expression changed as they spoke.

I wish I can show how gorgeous this scene was because it was brought to life with motion graphics in the game. It was magical to my inner child.

While we’re on the subject of characters animated by motion graphics, there was an incident that scared me a little, though some might find it as a nice touch. I know some may find this silly but while I was deciding on what choices to make, I at first thought that I was hallucinating from lack of sleep (I ended up playing until 5 am) because the evil step mothers glaring eyes were definitely aimed at Cinders, however, when I looked back up at her face, she was dead on staring daggers at me! So I stared at her longer, and I saw that her eyes indeed move side to side, which for me was a little unsettling.