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 (2,959 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 11, 2014

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

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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
313 of 416 people (75%) 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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256 of 350 people (73%) 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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92 of 126 people (73%) 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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123 of 177 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
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.
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76 of 103 people (74%) 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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