Depression Quest is an interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression. You are given a series of everyday life events and have to attempt to manage your illness, relationships, job, and possible treatment.
User reviews: Mixed (3,244 reviews) - 56% of the 3,244 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 11, 2014

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“Depression Quest hinges on its deeply personal writing style. It feels as though you’re reading someone’s unfiltered mental diary. Depression Quest is uncomfortable in that it feels voyeuristic, but the cramped proximity is how you develop a relationship with the character. It’s why, by the end, I was able to say I understood depression a bit better. It's a window.”
Giant Bomb

“[Depression Quest] is ‘game’ as communication, comfort and tool of understanding.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Besides the blues-ridden story, it's just a well-made game overall. It's excellently written, well-paced, and so engaging that you might just find yourself playing again to find out what might happen”
GameSpy

About This Game

Depression Quest is an interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression. You are given a series of everyday life events and have to attempt to manage your illness, relationships, job, and possible treatment. This game aims to show other sufferers of depression that they are not alone in their feelings, and to illustrate to people who may not understand the illness the depths of what it can do to people.

  • Over 40k words of interactive fiction.
    Playthroughs are short enough to be done in one day, but long enough for the game to have gotten it's point across.
  • About 150 unique encounters.
    Based on your depression levels, different choices open and close off to you.
  • Content generated based on your decisions.
    The choices you make have a real effect on how your playthrough turns out.
  • Multiple endings.
    See how your choices affected the game's world, and how well you've managed your depression.
  • Audio and visuals react to your depression.
    Listen as the music gets glitchier and see how much stronger the static gets. Watch the color get sucked out of how you see the world.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2+
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or later
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04+, Fedora 18+, Arch, Gentoo
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 3 / Athlon 64 or later
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad support unavailable on Linux platform
Helpful customer reviews
277 of 327 people (85%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
As someone with depression, this game was almost like a slap in the face. Each person deals with depression differently; when I feel it come on, I know to get out and do something to feel better. To have those options in the game scratched out makes the game seem biased to what most people think is depression; lazy, defeated, unhappy for months on end. Really, it was getting hard to play this game. There were problems in how depression was put out in this game. This isn't a game to play if you have experienced depression; this is sort of a mockery to ways of dealing with depression and posting this negative view of people with depression.
Lastly, I'd like to add that this isn't a quest. Depression isn't a quest that someone goes through. It's a real life problem that many people suffer with. This game makes it out that there is nothing you can do to make things better, which is even worse to read.
I would not recommend this game. Not even to someone who is studying depression or personality, mood disorders. It's simply just not good.
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432 of 595 people (73%) found this review helpful
601 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
It worked, It gave me depression
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216 of 288 people (75%) found this review helpful
98 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
I said I didn't like the game. Now Tumblr keeps writing me up as a mysoginist. ♥♥♥♥ me.
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49 of 64 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
This game. In my opinion is... Ok. I'll simply list what i like, and disliked.

Dislikes, starting off is the most glaring issue for me, the pretentiousness. The language, and tone just is so pretentious, there's a special way to write things seriously, and this game did not do it right, it just comes off as pretentious. (Sorry for saying pretentious so many times!) Secondly, this isn't that bad for me atleast but i think the developers wouldn't appreciate this comment, it seems more like a... Pet game. I can't put myslef in the main character's shoes. (even though i have had suicidal deppresion.) It justs seemes like, im nudging around this sad little creature. Last, i really couldn't sypathise for the main character. the deppresion was very sappy, and cheesy, there really weren't any reasons for him/her to be depressed, he/she just was. and the existing reasons were terrible. the deppresion just seemed like a petty teenager overeacting to life.
I also would have liked to be able to controll this person more. If this is susposed to be me, then i shouldn't be able to just make trivial nudges. Also, the "What do i do?" thing, was stupid. the options were so limited, and i got to choose so few things, the main character got to make important decisions without me even consenting!

LIkes, I got a very good sense of... Satisfaction when i "beat" the game. I felt like i had helped my little pet make the right choices, and actually was touched by the ending, i found myslef smiling, becuase i had this felling that i had made my little pet happy. As i have had depresion the red corss over the best answer was good. if you're deppresed there are times when you want to, you know you should, but you jsut can't.

All in all, i wouldn't recommend playing. It shows a very melodramatic, unrealistic view on depresion.

4/10 stars, a passable game.
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97 of 151 people (64%) found this review helpful
58 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
Anyone else craving Five Guys?
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