Fran Bow is a creepy adventure game that tells the story of Fran, a young girl struggling with a mental disorder and an unfair destiny.
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Very Positive (98 reviews) - 94% of the 98 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,554 reviews) - 96% of the 1,554 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 27, 2015

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August 26

Fran Bow Anniversary!



Hello, awesome adventurer!

Tomorrow is the day when Fran Bow was released one year ago! To celebrate her one year anniversary, we updated the game for Windows and are having a 50% sale this weekend!

PATCH NOTES BELOW
  • Fixed truncations issues when using items with objects in chapters 1-3
  • Typo fixes (they never end!)

In case this update made something worse, or you had it running perfectly before, then turn to this awesome help FAQ!

Best wishes and happy gaming,
Natalia and Isak

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Reviews

“…imaginative, strange, unsettling, intelligent and charged with a rare and beautiful sense of hope.”
RockPaperShotgun

“Fran Bow makes you love its main character even as you hate her for dragging you to these gruesome places.”
IndieGames

“I often get feelings while playing this game that I haven’t experienced in quite some time.”
TruePCGaming

About This Game

Fran Bow is a creepy adventure game that tells the story of Fran, a young girl struggling with a mental disorder and an unfair destiny.
After witnessing the gruesome and mysterious loss of her parents, found dismembered at their home, Fran rushes into the woods, together with her only friend, Mr. Midnight, a black cat that Fran had previously received as a present from her parents.

In the forest, Fran goes into shock over the loss of her parents and when she recovers, she’s at Oswald Asylum, an oppressive mental institution for children, and Mr. Midnight is nowhere to be found.

After having a dream about her beloved cat, Fran decides to escape from the mental institution to find him and go back home to Aunt Grace, her only living relative.

Features

  • Story driven creepy psychological horror adventure game.
  • Unique and peculiar hand drawn 2D Art-Style and 2D animation.
  • Self administer medication to open the terrible hidden world that will help solve puzzles and find objects.
  • A big variety of puzzles designed with different levels of difficulty and specifically based on the story.
  • Three arcade inspired mini-games all with different art style to be part of the transitions in the story.
  • Interactive and occasionally playable pet cat, Mr Midnight.
  • 50+ interactive unique characters with unique personalities.
  • Original Soundtrack.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: 7+
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, ATI Radeon 4870 HD, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4850, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, ATI Radeon 4870 HD, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
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Very Positive (98 reviews)
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Anotak
11.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
Crazy game. The art style was great, good story, great characters. Probably a weird game to be caught playing in public.
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T-Ammo
6.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
I've been looking for this kind of game since I played "Downfall" and "The Cat Lady" and this is even better! The story is dark but seeing it from a 10 year old's POV gives a cute and innocent touch to it all. And I love the surreal nightmare that runs through the game. Kinda makes you wonder what's real. What is she really going through in all of this? Which even early in the game makes you feel like you have to play through at least one more time.

The puzzles can be a liiiittle tricky at times but they all make sense. Sometimes you need to do some horrid stuff to carry on through the game which I personally always find interesting ("no...no I don't wanna!")

The soundtrack doesn't impress me that much but it fills it's purpose for the atmosphere I guess.

All in all. Great game. I can't wait to get to the ending!
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Super Roxxapo
2.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
It's a point n' click that I actually like... I don't like point n' clicks so that says at least something about it right?
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tiny_potato
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
There are few games like Fran Bow. The art, story, characters, and gameplay all came together to make a unique and memorable game. The story is so haunting that I would think about it well after I completed a chapter. The art, especially the characters, are just so different and beautiful.

I think it will be one of the games that stays with me for the rest of my life.

Thank you to the developers for making such an incredible experience <3 and for being so wonderfully inspiring!
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Marsy
12.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
This is a weird and twisted but beautiful game.
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wabbitstewed
29.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
This game...wow. Where to even begin? It's amazing. Play it. It's one of those rare gems you won't soon forget. From start to finish it is gorgeous and the storyline is so unique and emotional. You will laugh, cry, and often find yourself downright terrified. When you've finished you'll really have to sit back and take a breath, thinking about what you just experienced. And the fact that this was made by only 2 people (I believe?) just blows my mind. I can't even begin to imagine how much work this took, but it definitely paid off. I love it.
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ToxicBunny
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
One of the best indie horror games I've ever played (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
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slurbol
11.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
This game is very intriguing and multiple hours of play. Would recoommend for young and old.
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PMBall
24.6 hrs
Posted: August 20
This is probably the most unique and memorable point and click game I have ever played (and I´ve played a lot). The story is incredibly rich and confusing.
Its one of the few games in its genre that you may want to play more than once. I somehow wish the end was more clear about what was going on, but if you replay the game, or after watching a few youtube videos, it is a clearer (and has an amazing and complicated explanation and backstory).
Oh, and the puzzles made total sense which is a really big deal for me (even more points earned on this for being such a weird game)

Definite buy.
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bryony
14.8 hrs
Posted: August 20
This game is one of my favourites. I find the graphics really cool, along with the ongoing morbid theme throughout. Fran Bow has a great story-line, which makes it incredibly difficult to stop playing. I would advise giving it a go as it is definitely worth the 10.99GBP that you pay for it!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
The best story driven point & click adventure game I have ever played!! Normally I find story driven games boring & predictable but this was none of those things. Fran Bow is a beautiful game filled with enchantment which could be described as a surrealistic horror themed alice in wonderland. Involves some puzzle elements too. Great game, thanks! 9.4/10.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I finished Fran Bow last night and have been so impressed from start to finish that it is time to write that review.

I wholeheartedly recommend this point and click horror fantasy adventure game. Superb writing, layered and varied puzzles/obstacles, deep themes and beautiful artwork. The music as well supports plot development and the tone of mini-game transitions very well.

One of its triumphs which deserves being mentioned is the ability to deal with mature or difficult themes with depth and sensitivity. One of my concerns before playing the game (and before playing any game that deals with mental illness, shocking murders or abductions and the asylum context) was whether it will drift into lazy exploitation or worse into idolization of ultimately fairly crappy human predicaments like suffering from depression and being committed to a mental hospital. Fran Bow not only passes the test by presenting a range of characters with different stories, some morally repugnant but not demonised and others praiseworthy but perhaps flawed, but Fran's child perspective is used to explore and convey genuinely wise and perceptive responsive to the emotional suffering she and other characters face in the world. The use of mythopoetic metaphor in the alternative realities, explored through the clever and well deployed mechanic of duoxitine and later the layered realities, is beautifully composed and presents a coherent psychological fantasy world that works on a straight forward level as a fantasy/horror adventure and also as a means of metaphorically exploring Fran's psychological ordeal and learning coping mechanisms to face the dark monsters that lie in wait for us all. My favourite character (aside from Fran and Mr Midnight of course) Palontras is a wonderfully simple example of this who as a giant flying Salamander (salamanders being able to regrow their own limbs after losing them) is a satisfyingly sweet teacher of healing the Self.

On game length:
My play time was 13.7 hours - I am a s l o w gamer. I like to poke around and soak up the atmosphere of a game and I talk to EVERYONE. I have nothing but good things to say about the writing of this game. It is possible to complete this game faster but such care has been taken to produce even minor characters with complex back stories that it is rewarding to explore dialogue trees to their full.

Positive Points:
Everything! This is an absolute gem of a game and you must play it if you appreciate the point and click genre or have an interest in psychiatry and mental health. I was so eager to complete this game but felt a building sadness that my journey with Fran and Mr Midnight was coming to a close as I reached the end stages. There are some delightful achievements to pick up along the way and some I have missed so I look forward to replaying Fran Bow in future.

Negative Points:
The final section of the game showed some tailing off in terms of the complexity of the puzzles and occasions where I could see myself having to walk back and forth over the level architecture to obtain item 'keys' to progress rather than truly solve a puzzle. But this was only noticeable due to the very high quality of the gaming experience throughout and didn't detract from the experience as a whole as I was so fully invested in the characters and the themes being explored.

10/10 100% would drop hallucinogenic horror pills again.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Donnie Darko meets Alice in Wonderland.

This game is thoroughly bizarre, creepy bloody, cute, and tragic. The storyline and mystery keeps you constantly interested and making theories about what's going on.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I've had this game for two days, and upon watching a playthrough already, I simply adore this game.

The art style is incredibly unique, the storyline is incredible, the soundtrack is fantastic. The characters are incredible and very well developed.

10/10 from me. Would install and play all over again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
(Don't mind my playing time on record, I was offline and it's skewed for whatever reason).

Definitely one of my all-time favs. I finished it in one sitting.

I found it addicting, mainly because of its atmosphere, which while creepy, is also enticing. The story keeps you guessing, albeit being arguably predictable. It's sweet and twisted at the same time, which if you are like me, is the best thing in the world. The gameplay and puzzles had unique aspects which kept the game interesting, especially in the beginning. Again, the art was just beautiful, and I couldn't keep my mind away from the game for as long as it lasted.

Definitely a quirky, beautiful game everyone inclined to dark games must have.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
This is probably the most unique and memorable point and click game I have ever played (and I´ve played a lot). The story is incredibly rich and confusing.
Its one of the few games in its genre that you may want to play more than once. I somehow wish the end was more clear about what was going on, but if you replay the game, or after watching a few youtube videos, it is a clearer (and has an amazing and complicated explanation and backstory).
Oh, and the puzzles made total sense which is a really big deal for me (even more points earned on this for being such a weird game)

Definite buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
One of the best indie horror games I've ever played (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Fran Bow is perfect, the story is great, the art style is fantastic, the gameplay is great, the puzzles are fun, I could go on and on and on and on and on and on.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
There are few games like Fran Bow. The art, story, characters, and gameplay all came together to make a unique and memorable game. The story is so haunting that I would think about it well after I completed a chapter. The art, especially the characters, are just so different and beautiful.

I think it will be one of the games that stays with me for the rest of my life.

Thank you to the developers for making such an incredible experience <3 and for being so wonderfully inspiring!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
I've been looking for this kind of game since I played "Downfall" and "The Cat Lady" and this is even better! The story is dark but seeing it from a 10 year old's POV gives a cute and innocent touch to it all. And I love the surreal nightmare that runs through the game. Kinda makes you wonder what's real. What is she really going through in all of this? Which even early in the game makes you feel like you have to play through at least one more time.

The puzzles can be a liiiittle tricky at times but they all make sense. Sometimes you need to do some horrid stuff to carry on through the game which I personally always find interesting ("no...no I don't wanna!")

The soundtrack doesn't impress me that much but it fills it's purpose for the atmosphere I guess.

All in all. Great game. I can't wait to get to the ending!
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