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. “Four Months Earlier” is part one of the Linda & Joan story.
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Positive (42) - 85% of the 42 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Jul 14, 2020
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“Stands on its own, the game equivalent of a poem.”
Los Angeles Times

“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

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About This Game

Shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize 2021

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 in development.

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.

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    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7
    • Processor: x64 architecture with SSE2 instruction set support
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Additional Notes: Made with Unity
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    Minimum:
    • OS: macOS High Sierra 10.13+
    • Processor: x64 architecture with SSE2
    • Graphics: Metal-capable Intel and AMD GPUs
    • Additional Notes: Made with Unity
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