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 (3,001 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 11, 2014

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"Don't even think about it, bozo."

Reviews

“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
459 of 602 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
I didn't really care to get caught up in the hullabaloo that is "The Five Guys Scandal" in which the lead , Zoe Quinn, was accused by her boyfriend of sleeping with game journalists to leave an artifically large review. Perhaps they just used this to insult her more.


Jesus was I wrong.


This game is completly misrepresenting the subject material of depression by giving the correct answer and a couple of wrong answers. Then they cross out more correct answers (that you could never use) and give more wrong ones if you do something non active. If you attempt anything social or active you get less things crossed out. Then it does this bull about "This game doesn't end because depression doesn't end" and expects that to hide that its just a bad ending.

STORY: Nonexistent/10

The background audio is one of the most annoying things I've heard. It starts off as pseudo-smooth jazz and adds in random chatter and mechanical keyboard clicks.

AUDIO: Annoying/5

The entire thing runs as a bad text game with jpeggy pictures of copywritten material.

GRAPHICS: Plagerised JPG/100

Overall, you're better off with real depression than this piece of crap.

VERDICT: Find a cliff, build a house on it, and hope God(s) is merciful enough to kill you.
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314 of 408 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
This should be on tumblr not Steam
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378 of 500 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
This game looks like something that could have just been uploaded to Newgrounds. It's the laziest visual novel I've ever played and I've played Sakura Spirits.
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180 of 231 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Reading *ding*
Depression? Skip! *ding*
Got Greenlit. *ding*
Not actually good represntation of depression. *ding*
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81 of 95 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
This game made me depressed. Not because of the content, but because it's a terrible game.

90% of the time you're only given one choice, because "you're depressed".

This game sucks.

-1/10
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