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“Stands on its own, the game equivalent of a poem.” —Los Angeles Times

Linda & Joan is a narrative game about a British family. You play as Russell, Linda, and Joan — son, mother, and grandmother — switching between them to help the family cope with a series of traumatic events. Based on a true story.

Prologue: “Four Months Earlier” is part one of the story. Part two, the main Linda & Joan game, is coming in 2022.

[Learn more about this project at lindajoan.com]

Linda is visiting Russell in Los Angeles, where he now lives. We join them halfway up a hiking trail. You must walk them to the top. Linda is using a stick and is unable to move as quickly as Russell. Keep them within earshot and they’ll chat about Linda’s visit and the past, while trying to find the right time to bring up what’s weighing on their minds.

There are multiple endings based on the choices you make — one of which involves Joan, who is at home in Hereford, UK. Play in Normal Mode (walk Russell, Linda follows) then try Challenging Mode (walk both Russell and Linda).

“Four Months Earlier” is a free, standalone experience. It will take 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Featuring original music by Jeremy Warmsley.

“You get a sense of who [mother and son] are and the challenges they’re facing.” —TechCrunch

“…just enough interaction to pull you into the world, gorgeous music, all beautifully rendered, filled with the pathos of interaction between children and their aging parents.” —App Store reviewer, tototoro

Updated 11 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Release date 24 days ago
AuthorFalse Vacuum Games
GenreVisual Novel
Made withUnity, Blender
Tagsartgame, Female Protagonist, Mental Health, Narrative, Point & Click, Short, Story Rich
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
LinksSteam, Homepage, Twitter, Blog


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four-months-earlier-windows.zip 98 MB
Version 1.1.0
four-months-earlier-mac.zip 102 MB
Version 1.1.0

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This game was very enjoyable! It’s a heartfelt story of a bond between mother and son as they hike together, talk together, and mixed in, is a unique game mechanic that I haven’t  experienced, yet. A sequel is in the works, so don’t miss the prologue! https://youtu.be/soBGAP-4Tjw


I absolutely adored this experience. I lost both of my parents within 3 months of each other shortly after turning 30. In a weird way, this really reflects on things I wish I could have communicated more with them and made me remember similar conversations and in general just remember my parents. Thank you for this, will absolutely grab the full release. 

Thank you for playing, Jordan! Thank you for the tender read-through too. Take care.


I enjoyed this game it was very heart warming and i hope other people give it a chance.

Thank you!