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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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!

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

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

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

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.


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Asylums and insanity tend to be a crutch in horror games, but Fran Bow manages to avoid the usual tropes of haunted hospitals and delusional psychos. It actually avoids a lot of storytelling tropes, forging off in an uncharted and often bizarre path towards its final revelations. You can be sure it's a beautiful and entertaining ride, but not one without a few bumps.

Fran Bow is the name of the spindly, doe-eyed ten-year-old you guide through this grotesque adventure. Her happy homelife was interrupted by her parents getting filleted and her cat vanishing, so the game opens in an asylum for children. What starts as a quest to break out and reunite with your lost kitty spirals into an insane journey across... I'm not even sure what nouns to use here, honestly. The story is going to go places you're not going to expect in the least, and the surprises never really stop coming.

The actual gameplay is plenty familiar for adventure fans, with clicks to move and a plentiful inventory to Use, Combine, and Examine. For most of the game you'll have an additional gimmick in the form of pills that warp reality (or how you see it, anyway) around you, essentially giving you two scenes to explore for every one you find. Chapter three of this five-chapter adventure also has an additional gimmick that's used to great effect in some rather clever puzzles. You'll come across NPCs to chat with as well but don't expect dialog trees or complex interactions, as your part in the conversation is usually a binary choice between "continue talking" and "bye".

As for the puzzles themselves, they're pretty logical despite the insanity blossoming around them. Items tend to have clear uses, explanations abound, and there's something of a hint system present for most of the game. There's even a few with multiple solutions that can earn you achievements for working out the less common way. As long as you have a modicum of patience you won't be needing a walkthrough. Scene transitions are often instant and can be double-clicked through if not so the quality-of-life elements are there to stave off frustration.

The only thing that might put you off a bit is the story, and in an adventure game that's admittedly huge. I mentioned before that the plot goes off in some bizarre directions, and if anything I'm understating the point. Fran Bow is ostensibly a horror game, and while there's plenty of gruesome scenery and creepy beings, the entire third chapter is something I never expected to see in a horror title. The chapters themselves are a bit disjointed in terms of tone, pace, and mechanics as well, so much so that the game might feel episodic at times. It all comes together in the end but does so in a very jarring, sudden way that still doesn't answer all the questions it raises.

Flawed though it is, the story is still an entertaining one and is carried on the backs of its charming cast. Fran is incredibly upbeat and pleasantly irreverent for being a disturbed orphan, and the people and creatures she meets often echo her childish exuberance. There's an excellent balance here against some darker and more serious characters, and Fran herself has a morbid streak that's used to great effect. It's a good pairing with the gorgeous hand-drawn graphics, giving the game a look somewhere between Tim Burton aesthetics and stop-motion animation. I wish I could say the same about the sound design but it's honestly pretty lacking, with little more than a competent soundtrack and some simple effects that don't always fill out the scene.

The adventure genre is a bit heavy on the horror side but Fran Bow does plenty to stand out. The look, the feel, and the story are all unique draws and come together to form an impressive experience. It might not always make sense, but you'll have so much fun chuckling at Fran's black humor and marveling at the beings she meets that I doubt it'll hold you back much. There's a full six hours or more of exploring to do in this dark and beautiful world, and plenty of reasons to dive right in.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
So yeah i bought this game on sale JK ♥♥♥ , i finished it in about 9 hours ( with a LOT of help from my friend youtube). the game has a EXCELLENT story, a really nice art style,some nice sound effects. Some puzzles are hard , and sometimes you have trouble figuring out how things work , either you click on everything you find or you rage quit (like me) and you watch an entire playthrough. For me the game isn't worth the price so get it on sale , you won't be dissapointed it's one of the best horror/indie game that i've played in quite some time.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
If you like weird and creepy storylines and pont & click games, this is a game for you! It reminds me of a twisted version of a mentalcase of Alice in Wonderlands. Alot of weird stuff happening. Sometimes the storytelling can be too long, but that was not a problem on my first playthrough. It only bothered me when I re-played some episodes for achevements.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
This is a very unique game with a very dark storyline. The art is lovely and grotesque, and there is plenty of shock factor. The puzzle mechanics were brilliant, although I did struggle with some.

Overall, a delight, and I look forward to playing this again sometime.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
If you're into oldschool lucasarts-style adventures, whimsical and unique worlds, and stories up for interpretation... This is your game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
I love it! It has many buttons to push!
I like gore, fairytale-like games and delicate indies, which makes Fran Bow probably my favorite game in 2015 and 2016.

Art style
The style of Fran Bow is cute and creepy. It blurs the reality and hallucination as it intends to and does a really great job. The art fits the atmosphere really well. The majority of the characters and scenes of the game look as if they come from a children’s story book, which reminds me of American Mcgee’s Alice series and a movie called Babadook. They all use the innocence of the art style to forge some really disturbing, dark and gore things which leads to a strong contrast to represent how some innocent life gets sucked into the vortex of chaos. Not only is the art so expressive, but the animations in Fran Bow is so well polished as well. I really like the animations of Itward. He looks so clumsy which cannot be more suitable for a tall and gentle skeleton imaginary friend. I think animations of the characters is what contributes to the immersion of the game the most. Music, however, is not that memorable, but it has the atmosphere needed and it is still far better than mediocre.

Narrative Style
As a point & click adventure puzzle game, the story and writings of Fran Bow is fascinating. The story itself is really dark and sad at first. But Fran manages to stay enthusiastic and curious throughout the game. Many point & click games have the protagonist reacting to things that can be clicked on. In Fran Bow, the reaction is mostly adorable and humorous, just like when it comes from a 10-year-old girl (with mental problem). The lines do not have to be sharp or smart but to remain childish and concerning that, I think the game does a better job than many Triple A titles because the lines fit the character well.

As for the story, apart from its dark and fabulous nature, many part of it has some kind of metaphor and I think some of them are not really clear. The ending is controversial. It is a bit cliffhanging and hopefully it will be explained in a sequel. I think the ending is very similar to the endings of Alice: Madness returns and Pan’s Labyrinth. I kind of like the ending. It is heart-warming and open. However, the pace in the last chapter is too fast that a lot of terrible facts are revealed but there is no valid explanation. Although there is some foreshadowing, it is still clunky for some characters to suddenly appear as a bad guy. I really look forward to getting more answers from a sequel.

Fran Bow is a relatively small game which does not have that much content and really complex mechanics. As for what it already has, I think it’s mind-blowing enough. The game has the power to impress and inspire people which is a result of really careful design from the developers. Fran’s characteristics such as enthusiasm and curiosity must have something to do with the designer Natalia herself, though I don’t get where all those gores come from. I think it is a good way to craft indie games and it needs devoting a great part of life to it so one cannot do that very often. Anyway, I think it’s a brilliant start and Killmonday will be on my list of ”most anticipated developers”.

弗兰波的风格是可爱并让人毛骨悚然的。它很好的实现了现实与幻觉的混合。艺术适合的气氛真的很好。游戏中的大多数场景好像从童话故事书中摘出来的一样,这让我想起爱丽丝梦游魔境系列和一部叫Babadook的电影。它们都使用看起来很具有童趣的艺术风格,和所描绘的黑暗甚至血腥的东西形成鲜明的对比,具有很强的视觉和情感上的冲击力。不仅是画风,弗兰波的动画也是打磨的非常好。我真的很喜欢Itward的动画,很好的表现了一个高大的骷髅绅士,还是imaginary friend。角色的动画很好的加强了游戏的沉浸感。音乐则并不是那么令人难忘的,但很符合气氛,也是挺不错的水平。

作为一个Point & Click冒险解谜游戏,弗兰波的故事和对白是非常迷人的。故事一开始是很黑暗且悲伤的。但在整个游戏中,弗兰都保持着好奇心和热情。许多Point & Click游戏会有一些主角对物件的反应。在弗兰波中,这些反应都很可爱,幽默,就像是来自于一个精神不正常的10岁小女孩。台词不需要很犀利或机智,具有童趣就很不错了。在对白的写作上,弗兰波要好于很多3A大作,因为这些台词足够贴近人物。


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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
The things I liked in this beautiful game are: soundtrack, atmosphere and ending, and I'd like to elaborate on the last two.

You see, Fran Bow's story becomes the more horrific the more you think about it, because in the game it's never stated what's really happened. Did Fran kill her parents? Or was it her aunt? Or the scary monster was real? Is Fran truly insane? Or do the pills just cloud her mind? Or maybe in reality this world is truly so ♥♥♥♥ed up and the pills just help Fran see it? The game will never hint you what is right. You're never 100% sure what is real and whether you're hallucinating because of the medicine or you're just batshit insane. And that's exactly what a good PSYCHOLOGICAL Horror should do, imho.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
The game exhibited a different point view of the world, or reality and ultrareality. It connected to the idea of "Interstellar" and quantum physics of the world of 4th, 5th dimension and so on. In the other view from neuroscience or psychiatry, it also displayed relationships between halluciations, delusions or other psychopathological symptoms, and the unconscious mental reality which was explained by the theory of Sigmund Freud. However, the designer of this game tried to point out a worldview that no matter what kind of reality is, or where , or when it is, it is truely existed. And the most precious thing is the bravery emerged from curiosity of Fran Bow to give this whole world a better balance.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Fantastic, imaginative game. It is unlike your average horror game full of jumpscares and other cliches. It has fantastic twists and the right amount of suspense when things are about to feel dull.

It also is a puzzle game (in my opinion). It even dabbles into the realm of fantasy - in a good way. It's no sudden transition from chapter to chapter; the progression in the story is very smooth, and makes sense. I believe it is very difficult to not enjoy this game, but that's just me.

It's a combination of horror, escape, puzzle, SHIFT (that one flash game, where you shift in between "worlds" to complete objectives) and suspense. Gameplay was short - about 10 hours for me - but it was worth it. This game is ridiculously good. If you love horror, suspense, imagination, puzzles, a beautiful soundtrack, a challenge, and a depressing yet amazing plot, then this game is for you.

Fair warning - there is a bit of gore, suicide and self harm involved (only a little bit of the last two though).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
A brilliant indie horror game. More unsettling than scary.

The game's about a main Character, probably the sweetest young lady to ever exist, trying to get through some horrifying moments and hardships no young child should ever have to experience.

There's an interesting twist in this horror game in particular, featuring an in depth story and relying more on creepy scenery and disturbing sounds than jumpscares in most typical horror games.

A very nice point and click adventure. Definitely worth the play.

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20.2 hrs
Posted: October 24
The best game ever! Love the story and creepiness ;)
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Darth Andy
1.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
This is the cutest psychological horror out there.
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Yugure Yowane
7.2 hrs
Posted: October 20
Internal conflict with the world through the eyes of a pipsqueek who can see the true world.

I was spoiled by checking the game in my library and saw a preview pic of a very important moment.
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10.1 hrs
Posted: October 19
An excellent atmospheric game with an interesting story, fun puzzles and minigames. Recommended not only to those who love point and click games, but just about everyone who enjoys beautifully made games.

P.S. I loved mr. Midnight
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15.6 hrs
Posted: October 18
Fran Bow is best discribed as a "jouney down the rabbit hole in a nightmare" type of game. if you like American Mcgee's Alice or Sanitarium I believe you will certainly enjoy this game.
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9.3 hrs
Posted: October 18
Excellent, simply excellent!!!

I was a big fan of point and click games when I was a teenager, after sam 'n' max and the day of the tentacle 2 , I was a little disappointed not to see any other good games in this kind of genre.

This game is extremely well done, brain-working and philosophical ! I highly recommand it! Designs are well done, the double vision gameplay is well-though and the general ambiance is terrifying. Niiiiice!!!
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34.8 hrs
Posted: October 17
This is quickly becoming one of my favorites of ALL TIME. It is nutty, fun, and interesting. I love how it is designed, a good creepy soundtrack, and macabre enough for my liking. VERY suprising and satisfying.
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We Wuz Kangz
6.9 hrs
Posted: October 16
It's a great horror puzzle game. Disturbing visuals. Interesting story. Plenty of different scenery.
Well worth its price and I can't recommend this gem enough.
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14.3 hrs
Posted: October 16
Killmonday can you make a fran bow the second i LOVED the first it would make me so happy i was sad when i ended but this time its about mr midnight
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