Do I recommend this "game" (more like a choose your own adventure book) to people who have never experienced depression and want to know what it's like? Yes.
Absolutely. This is right on point with what depression is like, even the noise on the status. You want to understand a friend or family member with depression, absolutely download this game. This is just
plain clinical depression though. When you wanna mix in other types of depression or things like manic depressive or bipolar it is a whole new territory. Just use this as a baseline for regular clinical depression depression.
Do I recommend this as a game? No. I like the sound track but there are very limited choices in which to live your depressed life and you don't get much insight on things. You don't even get a technical/medical aspect of depression. I'd like some customization, a more in-depth game. Turn it from a choose your own adventure to more like Kudos, where you can pick who you are, what you do, what kind of friends you have, and then fight depression by cutting out toxic people, going to a therapist, support group, seeing friends, petting cute animals, meds, or even just forcing yourself to get out there with both good and bad consequences. Perhaps even include different types of depresison or personality disorders. It could show you what its like in a wider scope and show you how to beat it. Now that's a game worth playing! Of course, this game is free and supported on donation. So perhaps that's unreasonable. But I'd pay for Depression Quest 2 if they kick it up to this level.
Do I recommend this to someone with depression? Kinda.
This game was super triggering for me. I got super depressed the first time I played it because of how familiar it all was. I took it as a challenge and played other routes without too much problem later, but I'm in a much better place than I was back when I was severly depressed. But this kid has a lot going for him and while I am perfectly aware that this is exactly how depression works and he can't control it, is an ungrateful prick. If you have depression and lots of bad life situations going on, you'll be jealous of this kid, but it can serve as a reminder that even people that have it better than you can be just as depressed as you, because it's pretty easy to feel alone in depression. Especially if you have depressed friends and you don't feel like they get it because the situation is different. I don't recommend it unless you want to feel understood or get a new frame of perspective. It can be really hard to play at times.