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Hi! I just downloaded the game and I'm really psyched to play it. Been watching youtubers (Markiplier, specifically) doing a runthrough of this and I can't wait to try it on my own! But my computer won't hear of it, sadly. I'm running LInux 16.04. I open the file in the download box, I see what looks like a readme, and then the screen turns gray.

Is there a set of terminal commands I can use to expedite the process here?
Hello m.j.johnson1561,

Sorry that you're having trouble running the Fran Bow game on Linux. I'm a Linux newbie, so forgive me if what I suggest is too basic or doesn't exactly make sense.

There are a bunch of help files for installing and running GOG games under Linux right here on the GOG Community pages. I found them here:

My rep on this board is too low to actually post links. You need to add (h t t p s : / / w w w . ) to the beginning of the string above to see the link I mean)

The link above may help you to get the game running. On my Linux computer, I had to modify the properties of the file I downloaded from the GOG store to allow Execution of the file as a program. This then allowed me to install the Fran Bow game onto my Linux computer by opening it in a terminal session. This put an icon for the game on my desktop to start the game up.

The above link also explains that you can start up the game in a terminal session by navigating to the game files:
which are located in your Home directory at "\GOG Games\Fran Bow". Then I had to modify the properties of the file there to allow Execution of the file as a program.. The game can be started in a terminal session after you adjust the properties of the file to allow execution, with this command:


Please note that you will need to add some 32-bit binaries to get the Fran Bow game to run if you're using a 64-bit Linux system. These commands at a terminal session may be required:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install libc6:i386 libasound2:i386 libasound2-data:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386

You may have done these things already; however, it appeared from your post that you may not have actually installed the game yet. Forgive me please if I have misunderstood your posting.

I hope something here helps you to get the game running on your Linux computer.
Post edited August 20, 2016 by steveslim
Hi ! I have a similar issue... The games requires libcrypto++6:i386 but installing it removed the 64 bits version and thus some other important apps (plasma vault, clementine for instance).

Any idea ?

(Using KDE Neon based on Ubuntu 18.04)

Edit : oops, I just had to install libssl1.0.0:i386
Post edited October 15, 2018 by mahen_fr
Linux games with library dependencies and 32-Bit-only support can be a real pain in the ***.

Try using PlayOnLinux (Ubuntu Software) and the win installer of Fran Bow.
I got a lot of "Linux supported" or win-only games running with POL.

It's pretty self-explaining but nevertheless a quick instruction on how to install Fran Bow with it:
- Open PlayOnLinux
- Click on Install
- Click on "Install a non-listed program" in the bottom left corner
- Click on "Next" until you get asked for name for new virtual drive
- Type in "fran" or whatever name you wish
- Click "Next" until you get a "Browse" button in the middle of the window
- Click on "Browse" and select the win installer for Fran Bow and Click on "Next"
- Follow the Fran Bow installer, just confirm the error messages appearing in the end and click "Exit"
- Generate a Launcher by selecting "Fran Bow.exe" and clicking on "Next"
- Click "Cancel" and your finished

Now you can start the game inside PlayOnLinux window or with the generated Launcher icon on your Desktop.

You can fiddle with the settings while PlayOnLinux install, but the default settings have worked so far for me. And bear in mind that performance-hungry games could make problems...