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  • Summary: 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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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 7, 2015
    89
    More than the sum of its parts. Dark. A favorite forgotten bedtime story from Hell. Beautiful in the intricacy of it's world. The single greatest indie adventure game surprise of 2015.
  2. Oct 22, 2015
    85
    Disturbing yet adorable, full of violence but at the same time tender, Fran Bow is an adventure with a compelling and sad story that we utterly recommend. The final part of the game might seem confusing and chaotic, but it's still a great moment that will hit you right in the guts.
  3. Oct 5, 2015
    80
    Fran Bow is a wonderfully dark and surreal adventure that is definitely worth the price of voluntary admission.
  4. CD-Action
    Nov 14, 2015
    70
    Despite an average story Fran Bow was an interesting journey that even left me feeling uneasy in dark places. [11/2015, p.40]
  5. Aug 27, 2015
    60
    An occasionally horrific game with a memorable character and some fantastically grotesque artwork, it’s absolutely worth the journey.
  6. Dec 23, 2015
    53
    Fran Bow is chaos in its purest form. A stream of gibberish. A classic example of a story written on a napkin.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Sep 26, 2015
    10
    Most Click and Point games have a very limited amount of settings or dialogue and often offer a very cheesy story. This isn't one of them!Most Click and Point games have a very limited amount of settings or dialogue and often offer a very cheesy story. This isn't one of them! Fran Bow offers great variety in all its settings, which are divided in multiple chapters, as you're travelling deeper into the truth of what really happened to her parents and her cat. Some of the story may be hard to swallow, but that's one part of the joy it brings. Even after you finished the game you'll keep on marvelling what's happened. And that, in my eyes, makes this game a jewel. Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2015
    10
    An awesome game about a little girl in an introverted journey. The industry needs more like these. I really enjoyed how horror was playedAn awesome game about a little girl in an introverted journey. The industry needs more like these. I really enjoyed how horror was played overall, using the basis of a child's eye. Awesome! Expand
  3. Sep 5, 2015
    10
    Found this game on Indiegogo.

    Played the old demo Played the new demo Played the full version. Art = 10/10 The artwork is simply
    Found this game on Indiegogo.

    Played the old demo
    Played the new demo
    Played the full version.

    Art = 10/10
    The artwork is simply amazing. Those beautiful quality is great! Its also so cartoonish!

    Characters = 9/10
    The characters are all unique, each has a major and minor role in the game!

    Story = 10/10
    The story is simply amazing too!
    Each chapter has a mysterious vibe and really makes you curious everytime you play it!
    Especially the hidden lore of the game.

    Music = 10/10
    Isak simply did an amazing job on the soundtracks.
    I might even buy or download them if they are available!

    Overall = 10/10 = Favorite game of the year!
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  4. Feb 12, 2016
    9
    I love it when a game really speaks to my kind of style. This game is like a mixture of Silent hill with Coraline and/or Alice in WonderlandI love it when a game really speaks to my kind of style. This game is like a mixture of Silent hill with Coraline and/or Alice in Wonderland if you are familiar with any of these titles.

    A play on the macabre and fantasy with a child for a protagonist, Fran Bow is a very satisfying adventure game and it is amazing how interesting and challenging a point and click game can be. I am especially impressed by how the developers have managed to re-introduce the simplistic nature of puzzle/adventure games in such a stylish and intriguing way.

    This game shows off a lot of more traditional and dark art forms that are very beautiful. Along with humour, well thought out characters and an interesting story arch this game is definitely worth the play through.

    There are some critiques, most notably that it is too short and/or lacks a sequel (so far! cross your fingers), but I also came across some 'missing text' glitches **(nothing that takes you away from the game, but developers if you read this not all the text shows up when you combine items with things in the environment for example).**
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  5. Tgc
    Oct 18, 2015
    9
    Wonderful adventure game. It reminds me gameplay of Sanitarium and American McGee Alice. Engaging story with will full of mysteries. It hasWonderful adventure game. It reminds me gameplay of Sanitarium and American McGee Alice. Engaging story with will full of mysteries. It has very original graphic style and decent music. Puzzles are classic point&click adventure style and rather easy/medium - but game won't finish by itself. It represents interesting mechanism of changing realities to solve the puzzles - of course this is not something new in adventure genres, but done here very nicely. Little pity that it doesn't have voice acting, but beside that I felt that I've played fully professional production from huge game developer, not an indie game with a low budget. Expand
  6. Oct 10, 2015
    9
    The dark, atmospheric game with cool soundtrack and weird, remarkable characters. Simple puzzles. Relly liked this one. This is tinyThe dark, atmospheric game with cool soundtrack and weird, remarkable characters. Simple puzzles. Relly liked this one. This is tiny masterpiece. One of the best indie games ever. Expand
  7. Feb 17, 2016
    4
    Not the worst adventure game ever, but certainly one of the most over rated.

    Nothing stands out - the graphics are average, the interface
    Not the worst adventure game ever, but certainly one of the most over rated.

    Nothing stands out - the graphics are average, the interface is clumsy and none of the characters are voiced. Puzzles are okay, except for a bugged puzzle that caused me to give up on the game. I completed all the steps required to solve a puzzle (I know this because there is a "recipe" for the required items), put the items where they are suppose to go, but the game said I was missing an item.

    Which leads to another huge drawback to this buggy game, no saved games. The game auto saves, so I was stuck. I could go back to the start of the chapter, but I might encounter the same bug.

    Play the very similar, but much better Anna's Quest instead.
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