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Fran Bow tells the tortured tale of a girl having a rough time


A "rough time" might be putting it lightly for poor Fran Bow – she stumbles upon the brutally dismembered corpses of her parents, runs into the forest with her precious black cat, passes out and wakes up in a dysfunctional mental institution for children: Oswald Asylum. Fran Bow is a psychological, horror point-and-click that offers players the ability to self-medicate as a mechanic, popping pills to uncover a "terrible hidden world" that might help Fran escape the hospital.

The two developers at Killmonday, Isak Martinsson and Natalia Figueroa, are seeking $20,000 on Indiegogo to finish up the game for its planned 2014 launch on PC, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS, and maybe Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Martinsson and Figueroa have been working on Fran Bow for seven months already and are just about done with the second of five chapters, their page says. It's also on Steam Greenlight.

So far Fran Bow looks like a classic story of personal hell and redemption, with vibes of Alice in Wonderland and Sucker Punch, sprinkled with a few extra shakes of the pill bottle.

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