Fran Bow is a deeply haunting horror romp tied with a pastel pink ribbon, and it’s even better the second time around.

Playing Fran Bow is like experiencing a vivid fever dream. You never quite know what to expect as you navigate the psyche of 10-year-old Fran, but it’s always something unsettling. Whether it’s not animal carcasses, blood-soaked walls, or monsters, Fran has to face her own demons and question everything she’s ever known. Thankfully, this isn’t my first time playing Killmonday Games’ hair-raising point-and-click adventure, so I knew what I was getting into beforehand.

Killmonday first released Fran Bow in 2015 for PC after a successful IndieGoGo campaign, but my first experience with the game was a few years later in 2019. It was actually the endearing follow-up game from the studio’s founders, Isak and Natalia Martinsson, Little Misfortune. that got me hooked on the husband and wife duo’s creepy/cute projects, so when a console port for Fran Bow was announced, I jumped at the chance to play it.