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    dkirschner's Fran Bow (PC)

    [August 25, 2023 12:17:27 PM]
    Creative psychological horror point-and-click with gory art. Definitely quirky, enjoyable to look at, with a likeable and curious main character, and some thought provoking story about mental health and abuse that veers into weird fantasy. The story is about a young girl named Fran Bow whose parents are murdered after she sees a scary creature outside her window. She next wakes up in a forest and goes to an asylum for disturbed children. The game unfolds across five chapters as Fran escapes the asylum, meets all manner of creatures, tries to figure out what's happening with her reality, in her head, and what happened on the night her parents were killed.

    About halfway through, the game veers from psychological horror to fantasy, and the two genres end up merging, which made the game feel inconsistent and a bit incoherent toward the end. I'm not sure though if that's on purpose. Is it messing with the player? I was left wondering what was real and what wasn't, but I can't tell if that's the point. I'll have to think about it some more and make up my mind.

    Fran Bow herself is adorable in a sort of Tim Burton movie kind of way. She and other characters have also suffered terrible traumas, so her adorable-ness is punctuated with very dark reflection that the writers managed to make funny and charming. I really enjoyed my time with this one except for the occasional overly long parts and some of the typical point-and-click adventure issues. I went to a walkthrough four or five times to figure out what to do next. Like in the final chapter, I couldn't figure out how to progress at the very, very end. I had some water balloons in my inventory, and had no idea what I was supposed to use them on. The walkthrough told me to look out a window and use them on a creature there. Look out the window...I had clicked on every single object across like 10 screens, done everything in the chapter, solved all the puzzles! But I hadn't seen that I could click on a specific window in the first screen of the chapter. Those kinds of annoying point-and-click things.

    There is another game I bought called Little Misfortune that is in the same universe as Fran Bow, so I'm looking forward to playing that soon!
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    dkirschner's Fran Bow (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Saturday 12 August, 2023

    GameLog closed on: Friday 25 August, 2023

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Gory and nightmarish art. Weird. Compelling. -------- Not sure what was real and what wasn't!

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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