A kiddywinkle tries to bring her mum the magical gift of Eternal Happiness in Little Misfortune, an adventure game announced today by Fran Bow developers Killmonday Games and set in in the same world as their 2015 debut. Ah, another cheery one. But Fran Bow was a lot more thoughtful and funny than its morbid first impressions might suggest, a game our former Adam (RPS in peace) liked quite a bit. Sure, go on, throw me amidst missing children, spooky goings-on, and digging up pet graves.
"Little Misfortune is an interactive story, focused on exploration and characters, both sweet and dark, where your choices have consequences," Killmonday say. "Starring Misfortune Ramirez Hernandez, an imaginative 8-year-old, who seeks the prize of Eternal Happiness, as a gift to her Mommy. Led by her new friend, Mr. Voice, they venture into the woods, where mysteries are unravelled and a little bit of bad luck unfolds."
I'm broadly up for any game whose bullet list of features includes "Commit petty crimes" and opportunities to pet a dog, fish, wolf, kraken, cat, and fox. Especially if I get to do arcane rituals with the fox.
Dear Adam was a fan of Killmonday's first game, explaining in his Fran Bow review:
"Fran Bow made me smile more than any other game I've played this year. That might come as a surprise if all you've seen of the game is a couple of screenshots featuring gore and dead kids. Fran Bow opens with a gory murder scene and then traps its young protagonist in a creepy institution for (criminally?) insane children. But that initial setting and the dark tone are just a small slice of a story that spans worlds and perfectly captures the beautiful, delightful nonsense of Alice's Adventures, an inspiration that is imprinted on the game.
"Extending Alice's curiosity to pitch black MORBID curiosity leads to an intelligent, melancholy and eventually hopeful journey toward an acceptance and understanding of death."
Killmonday have not yet said when they plan to release Little Misfortune. "TBC" it is. For now, you can see more on the game's website.