The husband and wife team that makes up Swedish indie developer Killmonday Games successfully crowdfunded their vision for "a very creepy point-and-click adventure" called Fran Bow back in the summer of 2013. The game officially launched on PC in August of last year to a positive reception, and following its release on Android just a couple of weeks ago Fran Bow is now available on iOS as well. In the game you play as Fran, a ten year-old girl who witnesses the grisly murder of her own parents. She is discovered traumatized and alone in the woods, and taken to an asylum where she's separated from her only friend in the world, her cat Mr. Midnight. Due to the medications administered to her at the asylum, Fran hallucinates an alternate reality filled with gruesome monsters and death. Desperate to escape the asylum and horrible treatments, Fran utilizes the ability to jump between the two realities in order to solve puzzles, find Mr. Midnight, and hopefully discover who was behind the murder of her parents.

I'll tell you that I don't keep very close tabs on what's happening in the world of PC gaming, mostly just because the firehose of new releases on mobile day in and day out don't afford me the time to do so. I'd never heard of Fran Bow until it arrived on iOS today, but I'm incredibly interested in the dark premise behind the game and its wonderful art style. Killmonday says that the entire game didn't run well on mobile as one single game, so they've split it up into five separate apps which sell for two dollars apiece. Altogether the game is still five bucks cheaper than it is on Steam. I'm not sure why they didn't just do in-app unlocks for the additional chapters, but at the same time I kind of like this approach since I'm constantly having storage space issues on my iPhone and at least this way I can delete each chapter as I go. Also if you play through the first chapter and you're not really feeling it, you're only out two bucks!

So if you dig point-and-click adventures and very dark premises (Dexter anyone?), then consider giving Fran Bow a try, and leaving your thoughts about it in the game's forum thread. I'll definitely be diving into this one myself over the weekend.

  • HarryWarden

    Sweet! Definitely getting this ASAP.

  • Hoodin

    A 70 on metacritic with 3 positive and 3 mixed reviews, but user reviews are overwhelmingly positive. I think it's probably worth downloading at least the first chapter because it's not like you're out much if you don't continue.

  • HarryWarden

    Anyone having difficulty downloading it? It's taking forever for a smallish file (110 MB).

    • collider

      I think the App Store is hiccuping. I'm having trouble downloading and even viewing vids on the store right now.
      I never heard of this one either Jared. Art looks fantastic. I guess they could have done what telltale did with walking dead and allowed you to load and unload in app, but I'm assuming the devs probably don't have the resources to get that running.

    • AppUnwrapper

      Same problem here.

  • Quazonk

    Is this 5 standalone apps and not one app with unlockable chapters?


    • Matt Curtis

      That apps average around 100 MBs each...

    • Hoodin

      It's discussed in the article. The company was saying the game wasn't functioning well on mobile as one large game so they broke it up

    • ImJPaul

      Yeah. I wish they could have done this as well. Want to get it but yeah. Lots of app icons for one game.

      • ImJPaul

        I don't know though. I've done some investigating and this looks really good. Very dark but retaining the emotional aspect that a 10 year old would have. Ohhhh decisions.

  • H4nd0fg0d

    Such a handsome young lady, mmmmmm.

  • Agkelos

    Many aspects of this game sound American McGee's Alice, which is one of my fav games. Will def try this one out.

  • Alexythimia23

    Read the premise and purchased, looking forward to turning off the lights tonight for this one!

  • craig victory

    this is such a good game i got if for pc awhile ago and really enjoyed it recomend it to anyone that likes point and click games and good sometimes weird story

  • ste86uk

    Why not 1 app with paid dlc? Waste of memory for 5 apps is it?

    • Raki_Saeki

      Look at me. Now read the article. Back at me. Now back at the article. Now look at your comment.

  • kfelicity85

    Instant download! Had no idea this was coming to iOS. I've heard of it but I didn't know anything about it other than its a point and click adventure game. And for that reason alone I'm buying it. The App Store desperately needs more (classic) point and click games

  • Fade to Slack

    Never played it, but with that synapsis alone, I'd say Fran did it. Fran's insane and murdered her parents. The end?

  • Nikolaos Chatzigeorgiadis

    This reminds me of the old PC adventures. I just hate episodic distribution.