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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: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Jun 22, 2018
    10
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  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 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
  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. 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
  6. Nov 2, 2016
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Fran Bow. Review the game has moderate to sometimes difficult puzzles. Some are obscure in my opinion. Fran Bow - in the credits section mis spells two words when it comes to english proof reading. with the spelling of egnlish and the word raeding which may have been a hidden joke. The game itself doesn't include jump scares which are the type I hate most about horror games. The world setting is about various dimensions that exist on top of each other. Certain aspects of the games puzzles are not obvious and where designed to extend game play a little. The game is short but its story makes up for it. The game has a demo which is a good thing as without it I may have held off on owning it for much longer. It gets a 9(without the demo and 8) it doesn't get a 10 from me cause it didn't really specify certain key points at the end so its like it leaves a questions unanswered. It also lost its point due to the frog jump mini game which was tedious if not impossible to do, thankfully its skippable. 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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