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:
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Mixed (45 reviews) - 42% of the 45 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (3,370 reviews) - 55% of the 3,370 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
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bronwyn
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
its definetly different to the type of game i play but having depression myself decided to check it out. if you ever wanna see what its like to have depression and see how even the simpliest tasks can effect you play this game. it may just help you understand more
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Junker Kettenhemd
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
First of all, this isn't really a game. It's a simulation of the life of a depressed person. So don't expect to laugh, don't expect to have a lot fun. But the game itself, is very educative. It is very important, that more people understand depression and take it serious. The only "problem" is, that the english used in the texts is very difficult. For people with english as a second language (like me) it might be difficult to understand. But that's okay, 'cause depression is a difficult theme to talk or even write about. Depression is hard to describe, so you better use difficult english. I would really like to have a german version of the game. My english is pretty good, so maybe the developers could contact me. It really is just an idea, but I would be interested in translating the game for German Folks. If a developer reads this, you can contact me anytime. I recommend this game to people, who are open minded and want to learn more about depression.
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Lotica
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
The title is pretty accurate, as I felt like I was going on a "depression quest" when playing this thing. I hesitate calling it a "game" because it isn't one. It's a horrible fictional novel that is as bland as my personality and is pretty much false in how depression is handled. This game teaches you that if you have depression, you're doomed and there's no going back. Having depression myself, this is not the case. It's about fixing your issues and making yourself happy. This game, no matter what, will give you proper options that'll do anything to make you happy in slightest. It's incompetent and not worth the time.
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Adenhotdog
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
I had a good experence with this game and I recommend otherscto try it.
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WelcomeToEveryThing
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
This game is good,love playing it!Would recommend!



H̿͌̍E̲̲̒͋̕L̮̪̦̫̗͍̋̏ͪͯ͌͡P̦͎̦̯͎͇͑̑ͨͦͨ̚̚͞ ͙̭͖͆̓̉͐̍ͤ͜ͅM̤͖͈͆̚͟E̘̲̭ͧͮ̏̓ ̦̫̙̃̉ͪ̽̽ͯͅP̭̘L̺̯̙̇E͎̦̻͈͌Ä͉́ͧ̑S̟̺ͯ̕E̙̥̋̂̒͋̿̊ͦ ̻̼̑̀̓̌̂̂H̴̱͈͈̝̖Ḙ̷̠̣̖̻̩̜̽̉̎͆̅ͦ̔L͎͍͙ͪ͂͒ͦP̜͔ͦ̍̒͒̅͒̽ ̡̲͖͔̣̙L̢͒ͯ̀E͎̖̟̝͙̾͊T ̿̅̂̑̑̚͏M̰̩̺ͭ͐͐ͨͪ͆ͫ͠E̱̲͔͔̅ͫ͂̇̈ ̠͖͈̯̥̍ͩ̃̈́̇͞ͅE̺̫̯͎͔͚̤ͨ͐͋ͪ̅S̴͍͕͓͎̘̐ͬC̺̭̐͊ͣ͑͝Á̡͍͓͓͍͎͗͂̑P̵ͮ̊̑E̢͖̺̮̭̙ͪ
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Ayeru
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
Played this game as a completely sane person, merely for the Gamergate scandal.
This game is awful for a number of reasons:
- It is supposed to let you chose, but your choices are limited since the game choses for you beforehand
- It is just a serie of walls of text which bring little to no entertainment, so I question the "game" appellation
- Soundtrack music is very irritating
- There should be no "right" or "wrong" decisions, but this thing obviously marks them as such thus preventing you from recovering.

Depression is not to be taken lightheartedly, but it is important to give those affected the message that it can be cured, this game doesn't.
No wonder why Gamergate started
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IThinkSoMaybe
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
If you are reading this deciding weather or not to take this expirience, do it. It took up 64mins of my life start to finish and it has been the most powerful media expirience of my life. Dont take this lightly though, it will make you feel depression, if you are depressed or even just down right now dont even think about it until later, the last thing anyone would want would be for this to push someone over the edge and believe me, its capable. if you do partake in this expirience i highly recomend using a controller if its avaiable to you, turing out the lights and letting yourself be taken by the expirience, i fear it might be boring or unimersive otherwise and not have the full effect. people close to me have had depression and pulled away from me... i understand now... i wish i had then.


Edit: headphones too, use headphones that is a must its the only way, i knew i would forget something first time around
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☁WildShade☁
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
I don't understand why there is so many negative reviews, the game did a flawless job of giving me depression!

Stop complaining! It works!

10/10
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Sulphuric_Glue
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
More cancerous than Pepe
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Dragon
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
this was absoulutley one of the most great games ive played it had taken me into the thoughts of my friends and beyond
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anazahner
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
For people who never had to deal with deppression, it's probably a good way to go into what a depressed person's train of thought is. I can say tat I relate a lot to the character, as I've had the ame thoughts.
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ChronosRose
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
TL;DR, the idea for this game, Imho, is great. The execution, from my impression, was pretty half-♥♥♥♥♥.This game could have been pretty good. I think it would have been great for spreading awareness and understanding towards mental health and illness. Maybe it did help a few people understand depression better (doubt it), but to me it was more like Depression For Dummies.

Personal background/Reasons for bias:
I have been diagnosed with dysthymia and traits of BPD. I felt like the story wasn't realistic and convincing enough. The protagonist wasn't relatable and I pretty much felt nothing the entire playthrough. Not to mention, the music stopped every time I made a decision/clicked next. Way to build atmosphere....>_>

Furthermore, I view all stories as a form of literature, video games too. The game's writing was amateurish to me; spelling mistakes, improper punctuation, and it repeated the same dependent clause twice in a row. All writing should be proofread and edited before publication.

I guess you could play if you're hella bored or curious. I was curious.
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Wasteland Soul
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
1̶.̶ ̶T̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶g̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶e̶s̶t̶ ̶g̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶e̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶r̶e̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶f̶a̶n̶t̶a̶s̶t̶i̶c̶.̶ ̶A̶l̶l̶ ̶o̶p̶t̶i̶o̶n̶s̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶e̶n̶a̶b̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶r̶e̶q̶u̶i̶r̶e̶s̶ ̶l̶o̶t̶s̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶s̶m̶a̶r̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶n̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶f̶i̶g̶u̶r̶e̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶u̶z̶z̶l̶e̶s̶!̶ ̶1̶0̶/̶1̶0̶

2. You'll be seeing a lot of that in the game. Get used to it. Now for the actual review:
I'd heard a lot of bad things about this game during the journalistic/feminist cluster♥♥♥♥ that was Gamergate and particularly about Zoe Quinn. Still... a free game is a free game, even if I'm late to the party.
Long story short; you have depression. Life sucks because your character feels trapped between a crappy job, an overachieving brother, unsympathetic parents and an antisocial outlook. The solution is just to keep doing stuff.

Seriously, that's it. Don't stay in bed all day, try to be social, open up to people who understand, find excuses not to be a lazy ♥♥♥♥, accept help (maybe don't take the meds?) and lie to your parents who wouldn't understand.

2/10
Dropped a mark for lack of proof reading
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Mizu Ki
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
I've lived with depression for 6 year's. If you suffer from it i recomend staying away from this game, but i suppose you are a rebel and wont listen to me. Anyways be aware this game will make you feel alot worse, it brought back the suicidal side of me.

If you have a friend that you wish to know how you feel this game would be great for them, how ever. Be careful who you share it with.

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delta.alpha60
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Having experimented depression myself, this game describes exactly the vicious circle I was trapped in. Thanks to the developers. Everybody should experiment this game.
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HartnellBitch
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
This is an amazingly realistic description of the thoughts and emotions you have when depressed. I found everything I could never put into words described in this game; and maybe it'llhelp those of you who don't suffer from depression understand it a little better. I sure hope so.
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SCORP
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
T - R - I - G - G - E - R - E - D
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mat
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
the person in this game is a lazy ♥♥♥♥wit, he doesn't have actual depression
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The Clorax [Suicidal]
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Ah yes Depression Quest.
found it kinda boring as i was living these circumstances and still am
i want to hang myself atleast 23/24 hours a day. kinda lack luster in how it tells that there is no way to fix depression, but there is its called clorox and it takes away the pain.
i rate it 5/10 CS:GO has a better chance of giving me crippling anxiety and depression
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
If you are depressed play this game if you are not depressed you will be after you play this game.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
If you want to keep off the depression, do not play this game ...
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
The title is pretty accurate, as I felt like I was going on a "depression quest" when playing this thing. I hesitate calling it a "game" because it isn't one. It's a horrible fictional novel that is as bland as my personality and is pretty much false in how depression is handled. This game teaches you that if you have depression, you're doomed and there's no going back. Having depression myself, this is not the case. It's about fixing your issues and making yourself happy. This game, no matter what, will give you proper options that'll do anything to make you happy in slightest. It's incompetent and not worth the time.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
I've lived with depression for 6 year's. If you suffer from it i recomend staying away from this game, but i suppose you are a rebel and wont listen to me. Anyways be aware this game will make you feel alot worse, it brought back the suicidal side of me.

If you have a friend that you wish to know how you feel this game would be great for them, how ever. Be careful who you share it with.

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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Product received for free
For the record, I'm only typing this cause my Black ops 3 needed an update.

So I came across this game while over a friends house. After looking at masterpieces on the steam store such as Anime tank dating sim, Gabe Newell simulator, Shower with your dad simulator, and other works of pure art we stumbled across this game. Which I placed on my wishlist right next to Shower with your dad simulator. I then forgot about it for the rest of the day until around 11 that night. I was up doing who gives a ♥♥♥♥, when for some reason I had a craving.

Like you that craving you have when you want to play or watch something dark, or funny, or warm hearted, or whatever. Well I was craving something depressing. Something to kill my spirits and make me sit in the corner of my dark room thinking of how insignificant everything is in the grand scheme of things. And with that I reminded of Depression Quest. I wasn't expecting anything crazy, just something to make me feel weak and tired emotional, to help me sleep.

So I booted it up and pressed play, and the first thing I noticed was that the game had the names of the people who worked on the game on the left side of the screen, and there was one name that caught my eye, Zoe Quinn. I thought the name was familier so I decideed to do a quick google search. My reaction was "OH FOR ♥♥♥♥S SAKE!" Turns out my pal Zoe here was essentially the trigger that fired the bullet known as "Gamer Gate". Her whole scandel flooded my search feed. I exitted out and went to Depression Quest, fully aware of the amount of triggers my fingers were now gently resting on, and that I may accidently pull one, and send a Tumblr rage post bullet ripping straight threw my skull. But I pressed on anyway.

The game was mostly read this and choose how you would react in this situation. All the ions that a normnal person would choose were present, but crossed off preventing you from choosing them, leaving only the depressing, bad answers, which made sense.

I as played through I would react in 3 different ways: The first would be I would simply laugh, the second would be I'd say out loud "grow a pair ♥♥♥♥♥", and the third was I'd choose the reaction that I would actually choose in that situation, even if the crossed out anwsers were available. At points I also felt the same way the main protagonist felt about some things, not all buit some.

Now, does this mean I'm clinically depressed? I mean, I guess not I don't know. I would say I dobn't cut myself so no, but one night out of sheer boredom I did the "Eraser Challenge" For those of you who don't know, it's when you rub an eraser on your skin and see how long you can last. Now I went full on balls deep nut up or shut up do it you little ♥♥♥♥♥ how else can you call youself a man. I grabbed the tie I wear to school (Catholic school :/) and tied it around my arm hoping in some way ease the pain (why I thought it would help in anyway, shape, or form is a mystery) I bet down on my tie and clenched my left hand into a fist and began erasing my skin away. If my parents were to walk in it would've looked like I was getting my daily fix of Heroin. I decided I would do it for however long the next song on my shuffle playlist would be. The song was 7 minutes long, and I powered through all 7 minutes.

When I was finished, they eraser left a burn scar that looked like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥. The burn left I scar that still exists on my arm today, even though it has faded. Now what was the purpose of me typing that is beyond me. And why I also thought it was a good idea in the first place is also up in the air. So what am I getting at I don't know, I'm simply killing time for this update.

Long story short this game did deliver on bumming me out, which was good I guess? I felt the ending was a cop-out however. I mean the whole "This game doen't have an end because there is no true resolution to depression" just felt cheesy to me. I would've rather had an ending where you break out of depression, or make your way to the other side. Well whatever. If you bothered to read this whole thing you really need to get a hobby, bu if your also waiting for update like me, then write a reply to kill time.

I wish I could give this game a neutral rating cause that's how i fell, but I guess a thumbs down is needed in honor of Infinite Warefare reaching 2 million dislikes XD
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Ah yes Depression Quest.
found it kinda boring as i was living these circumstances and still am
i want to hang myself atleast 23/24 hours a day. kinda lack luster in how it tells that there is no way to fix depression, but there is its called clorox and it takes away the pain.
i rate it 5/10 CS:GO has a better chance of giving me crippling anxiety and depression
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
This game is absolutely amazing!!! @345T4T#2!-+IJF23URKR!@$@#%23412J9#$%KF4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
This game is good,love playing it!Would recommend!



H̿͌̍E̲̲̒͋̕L̮̪̦̫̗͍̋̏ͪͯ͌͡P̦͎̦̯͎͇͑̑ͨͦͨ̚̚͞ ͙̭͖͆̓̉͐̍ͤ͜ͅM̤͖͈͆̚͟E̘̲̭ͧͮ̏̓ ̦̫̙̃̉ͪ̽̽ͯͅP̭̘L̺̯̙̇E͎̦̻͈͌Ä͉́ͧ̑S̟̺ͯ̕E̙̥̋̂̒͋̿̊ͦ ̻̼̑̀̓̌̂̂H̴̱͈͈̝̖Ḙ̷̠̣̖̻̩̜̽̉̎͆̅ͦ̔L͎͍͙ͪ͂͒ͦP̜͔ͦ̍̒͒̅͒̽ ̡̲͖͔̣̙L̢͒ͯ̀E͎̖̟̝͙̾͊T ̿̅̂̑̑̚͏M̰̩̺ͭ͐͐ͨͪ͆ͫ͠E̱̲͔͔̅ͫ͂̇̈ ̠͖͈̯̥̍ͩ̃̈́̇͞ͅE̺̫̯͎͔͚̤ͨ͐͋ͪ̅S̴͍͕͓͎̘̐ͬC̺̭̐͊ͣ͑͝Á̡͍͓͓͍͎͗͂̑P̵ͮ̊̑E̢͖̺̮̭̙ͪ
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
More cancerous than Pepe
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
T - R - I - G - G - E - R - E - D
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Product received for free
This game showed me what depression was, what it really was. I always thought of it as something people just tell them selves to have an excuse. I never though of it as a personal and mental disease. I played and finished the game in about an hour and I ending with the happy ending when you find yourself at dinner with your family on Christmas. I definately recommend this game, because it truly is inspiring to be a better person, and if you are, your life is significantly better.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
If you are reading this deciding weather or not to take this expirience, do it. It took up 64mins of my life start to finish and it has been the most powerful media expirience of my life. Dont take this lightly though, it will make you feel depression, if you are depressed or even just down right now dont even think about it until later, the last thing anyone would want would be for this to push someone over the edge and believe me, its capable. if you do partake in this expirience i highly recomend using a controller if its avaiable to you, turing out the lights and letting yourself be taken by the expirience, i fear it might be boring or unimersive otherwise and not have the full effect. people close to me have had depression and pulled away from me... i understand now... i wish i had then.


Edit: headphones too, use headphones that is a must its the only way, i knew i would forget something first time around
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42 of 55 people (76%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
This game lets you choose how to make your life suck more. Sadly, playing Depression Quest was not one of the options.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
As someone who suffers from depression for over 10 years (and counting, since at least for me, it isn’t something that can be “cured”; sometimes it “goes away”, but it always comes back. It finds its way home and crawls back, even with proper medication/therapy/love/whatever. It’s not that simple, some people might be “cured”, but it’s definitely not the same for everyone else. It’s a constant thing in a person’s life, it appears when you less expect), I felt that this game was not real. First, I felt that the MC was suffering from the effects of depression beginning to grow. But having choices literally locked because apparently “you can’t do that” made me angry. People can TRY to do those things even tho they are depressed! Locking the options was a terrible thing in my opinion, leading the MC to an endless spiral of unworthy feelings, when I actually wanted to help them. This kills the concept of the game, which was supposed to be interactive and you could attempt to make the MC get help.

Character development wasn’t good either. MC was too plain, I couldn’t feel any sympathy for them, same for the other characters. This could have been a decent/good game (I honestly believe that), but it’s not.

Please don’t treat this subject like a superficial aspect. I know this wasn’t meant to be a “happy game”, but it’s not that simple.
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
This game is nothing like how actual depression is or how you'd logicly deal with it.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
While the creators have the sense to acknowledge that all depressions are different, this does not sound like depression. The biggest problem this game has is completely preventing you from doing the 'best' choices.
Depression is not like that.
If you are depressed, doing the 'best' thing is hard, but not impossible.
If the options were running, the 'best' option would be running twice as far as any other option.
Harder, requiring more effort, not impossible. They do, however, often feel impossible.
This game tries to represent depression, and to does so poorly. This game shows what a person who has never had depression, but has done some background research on it, would think depression is like. The reviews left on the main site feel forced, because the reviewers may have feared being accused of misogyny, and do not accurately reflect the actual game. But I digress.

This game portrays depression as nearly a hopeless spiral of constant self loathing and negativity. Which never leaves your mind naturally.
That isn't what depression is like, it implies that depressed people cannot be happy at all.
It couldn't be more wrong
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47 of 73 people (64%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Playing this made me want to kill myself even further
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36 of 55 people (65%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
tumblr emo girl simulator 2016
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Terrible. Just a terrible mess of a game.
Where do I even begin? From a gameplay standpoint, it's boring. There's nothing visually stimulating (and while I realize that's not the point with choose your own adventure games-but something semi-decent would have been nice, a background to simulate scene changes), and it's all too easy to get the good ending if you have even a sliver of an idea how choose your own adventure games work. The story is bland at best and does nothing to suck the player in and make them care about the character their playing as. Honestly, 3/4 of the way through and I found myself skimming the mammoth-sized paragraphs of crap just to get to my options. Speaking of options, why cross out the ones that would actually help you? I'm speaking from an odd position here, as I have never been diagnosed with depression, but it feels strange that, in an attemtpt to simulate someone being depressed you wouldn't present the helpful option as an option. To the people who played this game who actually have depression, did that feel condescending at all? Plus, the character is completely self-absorbed. There's a point in the game where one of your friends is having some nasty issues in their life and instead of consoling them, you can choose to just ignore him because you feel that you have it worse. Even though this person is a life-long friend you can still opt to turn your back on them. And a trigger warning? Really?

Would not recommend this game if you're looking for something good to play. Would recommend this game if you want to have another reason to dislike Zoe Quinn.
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Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Just finished the game. Despite the short amount of time it took to complete, it felt like an eternity.

I wanted to give it a fair chance, but there was no game here. The design of the game is just lazy. It's so bland and uninteresting to look at that I really couldn't focus on the story. It's white background, with black text, and a picture on top that pertains to the story.

Whenever I could actually look at what was going on, I was extremely disappointed in the lack of originality of the situation I was in. The story is that I have a girlfriend and family who all love me and are concerned about my depression. WHOOP-DEE-DOO!!! I got excited when someone gave me a kitten. I thought that would make it a good game, but the cat POSSIBLY only shows up one other time. There was no connection with any of the characters really since they're all nothing more than cliches.

The game has a total of ONE TRACK of a short piano piece on a loop. There will be background noises sometimes depending on the area which can make this short track even more annoying than it actually is. I would go insane listening to it as I merely got the gist of what was going on. I can't imagine what would happen if I took the time to go over all the details.

The whole thing about this game is making choices. It doesn't matter how many choices the GAME says there are because in reality there are only two every time. There can be 6 choices the GAME gives you, but there are really only two. It lists some options only to cross them out because you're "TOO DEPRESSED" which is just the most infuriating thing a game about choices can do. I understand my character is depressed, but don't tell me you're restricting my options because of this. Depression doesn't mean incapable of choosing to do enjoyable things. Depression doesn't make some options impossible, but it does make some options more difficult to make because of the emotional weight that just doesn't seem like something to bring around other people. The choices that were presented in this game seemed like they were made to guide the player towards one over the others. I can't choose the crossed out option, but I can choose the option that's the crossed out option with different words. The obvious right option sometimes is actually not always the obvious right option for someone who isn't depressed. The writers basically assume that this is how a normal life should be and anyone who isn't living like this is depressed. I don't have time for parties, internet interaction, and Netflix with a girlfriend when MY JOB is on the line. Depression should have nothing to do with that. Do my choices really matter? Only when it comes down to choosing to see a therapist and taking medicine is when it truly matters. The game is always telling you that you're not doing those things, so obviously the player can deduce that those are the things that must be done in order to win the game. In the real world a therapist and medication does NOT fix all cases of depression. Sometimes these things cause people to become more lost and more depressed.

I do not believe that this game depicts depression exactly. There are many ways people can struggle with depression and I've only seen one very generic and uneducated depiction in Depression Quest. The writing is made to make your character obviously sad when sometimes it's not always so obvious even to those affected by this terrible state of mind. I, along with some of the other reviewers here, have struggled with depression and know how it feels. The game gives a trigger warning to anyone who has been depressed that this game might be too real and may emulate our own lives too well. IT DOES NOT!!! If anything it offends and belittles anyone in this very serious condition. I know it wasn't their intention to do so, but that's how I feel about it.

Depression Quest is a pretentious way of bring attention to this issue. I'm not even happy that some of the money they receive to support this game goes to the Suicide Hotline. It should ALL go to the Suicide Hotline. It's insulting to think how these people have made money off of this. At the very least, it is at the least totally free if we choose it to be that way.

1/10 since it was free. Play it if you want, but your time is better spent elsewhere.
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