Before I go into today’s topic, I just wanted to say thank you to evryone who has read these posts and/or is taking part including my friend, Khinjarsi. You can read her posts over on the Upon Completion blog. Also a quick shout out to Luna from Gamers UnitedGG Blog, who is also participating. If anyone else is taking part, please let me know, as I would love to read your posts! Now then, lets move onto today’s topic.
So for my underrated game, I’m going to be talking about a game I reviewed for the Upon Completion blog, Fran Bow. If you want to read that review, click here. For a quick summary: Fran Bow is a point and click horror adventure game. I initially didn’t think that I would enjoy it but in the end, I ended up loving it. It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland and Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos, two things I particularly like, plot wise and in the game’s atmosphere. In the end, Fran Bow helped me to fall in love with the point and click genre, with a little help from Telltale Games The Walking Dead Season 1.
So it came as a surprise that the game isn’t really a big seller. A quick look at Steam Spy shows that less than 200,00 people own the game on Steam, despite being released since 2015, and around half those people have actually played the game. Looking at reviews, I know its not just me that enjoyed the game, Fran Bow is rated ‘overwhelmingly positive’ on Steam- an average from over 2,000 reviews. So why isn’t Fran Bow a more popular game? I can think of a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is a point and click adventure game, a genre that is dominated by Telltale Games, who have in some ways saturated the market with their games in recent years. Secondly Fran Bow, while unique in plot, is actually difficult to explain without spoiling the game.
Still, if you like creepy horror adventure games, that make you question what is real in the game; with a few puzzles thrown in for good measure, then I suggest you give Fran Bow a go.
Is there an underrated game you think I should play? I would love to hear your suggestions!
The Fran Bow image came from Steam Spy.