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 (173 reviews) - 94% of the 173 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,246 reviews) - 96% of the 1,246 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 27, 2015

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February 3

Fran Bow hotfix!

Hello dear adventurers!

We have released a quick update to fix the startup problem that many experienced with a recent steam client update and it should be solved now!

We have also taken away the beta branches since now you can make minor adjustments yourself in the options.ini file in case you are having troubles with the game and we will provide a guide on how to do that.

In case you are still unable to open the game by various reasons, make sure you are not in a beta branch!

To make changes in how the game starts, you can now try different methods easily in the options.ini file that lives in the game folder!

How to find the options file:
1. Right click Fran Bow in your library and choose properties
2. Go to LOCAL FILES and click BROWSE LOCAL FILES
3. Find the file called "options.ini" and open it
4. Follow the intructions mentioned there!

Since we had to revert to an older version of steam api, Fran Bow might "crash" when you exit the game but this won't affect anything so don't worry :)

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January 11

Fran Bow trading cards!

Hello adventurers! <3
We are happy to finally share with you the trading cards of Fran Bow! 5 profile backgrounds, 7 emoticons, 7 trading cards and some awesome badges are waiting to be collected!
Are you having troubles playing the game? Random images or black screen? Try out the patch here until we have the next update ready.

Click here for patch.

Happy collecting and gaming! :-)
Killmonday Games

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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 (173 reviews)
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Flotilla
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Fran Bow does a great job of introducing the point and click genre to newcomers while still providing a uniquely morbid, compelling experience. Although there were highs and lows (in both the story and puzzles), the well-crafted (and gruesome) visuals and abstract, open-ended plot kept me playing from start to finish.

If the trailer/gameplay demo intrigued you at all, the full game definitely delivers.
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MikoAkuma
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
A dark twisted (and quirky) game. always reminds me somewhat of, Alice in Wonderland. only, alot more dark, brutal, satanic. Loved it !
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cortneycat
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
A really good story and game.
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MusicalGoats666
( 26.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Friggin good 10/10
Not like Skyrim
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KarateKite
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
One of the creepiest games I've ever played. I actually cringed every time I had to go into the alternate world, I just never knew what new awful thing awaited me.

Also one of the most affirming games I've ever played simply because the relationship between Fran and Mr. Midnight was done so well. It hit particularly hard for me because my best friend and I call each other 'dear' and 'darling' and all of the other things that Fran and Mr. Midnight do.
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MadGirl The SHSL Fangirl
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
I suggest this game to players interested in a game with heavy topics including insanity and drug use. The game takes you through a the story of a drug abusive girl named Fran Bow who starts off in an asylum. The story includes her talking to animals and mythical creatures all to get her cat back then get home. This game is freaky but awesome! I highly suggest it.
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Rickster
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
10/10 would recommend
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Ammy
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Excellent game, bit creepy but in a good way very enjoyable point and click adventure!
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Schatt3npakt
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Clever, scary, gory fun,
poppin' pills since level 1.
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Berq
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Fran Bow is one of the best point-and-click adventure games I've ever played. If you are into the genre, just buy it. The story is great. I really felt Fran Bow's desire to find and protect her cat. The scenes and themes are shocking. The puzzles are the perfect degree of difficulty. I hope to see more from this developer.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Playing as a girl known by Fran Bow, you come to feel lost on what is reality, and what isn't. Is Fran Bow mentally sick, or is it something much more sinister than that? Her parents having been murdered, with Fran Bow turning up within a sort of asylum for the mentally ill, you must escape and come to find out the truth. Who killed Fran Bow's parents? Where is Mr. Midnight, your pet cat? What happened on that unfaithful day? These questions will come up often within the player's mind as they play this beautifully surreal and gorey click and point horror adventure/puzzle game. This game is not for the faint of heart, as this game touches on many touchy subjects such as mental illness, suicide, blood and gore, abandonment, even hints at demons and satanic rituals. The game was beautifully made, and is really a unique piece of art. Explore through the horrors and beauty of Fran Bow's life as she tries to escape Remor, the Prince of darkness, as well as many other monstrosities to be discovered as the game continues forward. Best played at night in a dark room, with the volume turned up.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Just the right amount of messed up.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
An excellent but disturbing game with beautiful art and a well written plot. Also fun puzzle-gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game has a lot of depth to it. It isn't just a horror puzzle game. It has changing mechanics that make the game awesome. One of the best stories in a game. Very simple yet very mind boggling with the riddles and puzzles. Very fun and addictive. Almost like crack.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
one of the best games I have ever played. It was like being inside a amazeing horror novel. ten out of ten
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
this game is absolutely charming! i loved the premise. i loved the art. i loved the story. each chapter was original, and the puzzles were fun, but not too hard. a really delightful point and click. just the right amount of creepy and wonder.

the art was my favorite part. it was so dark and twisted. but still in the realm of a little girl\'s imagination. i was not expecting it to get so creepy! and it does so right off the bat. and it gets VERY dark. i would not recommend this game for kids, unless their names are Wednesday or Alice... it has a very alice in wonderland type feel to it. but a bit more psychotic and less trippy.

for achievement hunters, this game is an easy 100% also. you can get it on the first play through if you\'re paying attention.

all in all, this is easily one of my favorite point and clicks! i would highly recommend it if you enjoy these types of games.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Absolutely amazing journey into the mind of a child coping with extreme situations. It's quite gory, so nothing for children or young teens, but offers a wonderful setting and an intriguing story that leaves you craving for more. Well done!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
A beautiful, whimsical and horrifying click-and-point journey through madness and magic. Some of the puzzles aren't perfect, but that doesn't distract from the art and story. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Once you got over the initial creepiness of the game, it's actually an interesting story and the art style is very unique. The puzzles themselves weren't too difficult but some chapters were overwhelming.
There were some parts were I wanted to stop playing because I felt I wasn't progressing.
Overall the story was great, albeit confusing at times and I personally wasn't satisfied with the ending.
It's definitely worth playing!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
\"Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness.\" - The Outsider, H.P. Lovecraft

With things happen to Fran you wonder how she reacts. Despite the fact she has lost her parents, she is a typical child with a simple need of being surrounded by loving ones.
This need leads us through the fear and madness, through the rivers of blood and under the rain of tears.

Pros:
-Although Fran's story is far from light, a colourful scheme fits it very well - such an oxymoron. We play as a little girl, eh!
-Every person we meet has a unique life story.
-Many scary and unexpected moments for the whole story.
-Atmospheric soundtracks.
-Ability to shift the realities (truly fantastic!).
-Quite difficult riddles time by time.
-And such a nice black cat :)

Cons:
-No voice narrating. I don't mind playing "in silence" but it might have been more interesting.

And to sum up - I give it 9/10
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