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Published May 18, 2018

3. Cinders (Moacube)

A visually stunning romance based on a legendary classic.

Moacube may not have the largest catalog in the game right now. However, it is easily one of the highest quality ones. Literally every game in their catalog belongs on the Switch: all of them. But if I had to pick one to start with, I would start with the one who made their name in the first place. Cinders is one of the best looking titles in the market and it was released in 2012. It is a visual feast only matched by Old Man’s Journey and seeing one still image of it doesn’t do it justice. Not even remotely.

On that, this would sell. Beyond that, you have the story proper of a strong-willed protagonist trying to decide the best route for her life. There is always the core of the romance between the Prince and Cinders aka Cinderella. However, backing that up is context of her family life. Her relationship with her stepmother and step-sisters. The drive to live life on ones own terms and whether that leads to pushing someone to their better angels or darker nature. All of it is here and it also fits with the Otomate announcement. Technically it is Otome, if only by the bare bones definition. Pushing it front in center as part of the campaign to bring more romance games to the Switch along with the Otomate library would be an interesting mix and potentially great boon.

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