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.
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Mixed (35 reviews) - 51% of the 35 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (3,460 reviews) - 55% of the 3,460 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”

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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2+
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or later
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • 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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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
As a person who knows depression, calling this illness a "quest" seems really demeaning and misses the point.
I definitely don't think that this game achieved what it set out to be - an accurate portrayal of being depressed. It's just too easy to win, and in real life it's not like that.
Also, the music's annoying.

Noble goal, pitiful execution. 2/10
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35 of 62 people (56%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
I wanted to put a negative review because this game made me want to kill myself after playing it

But after Zoe slept with me, I highly recommend this game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
This is an accurate depiction of one person’s depression, something that effects everyone differently. This is mostly a visual novel with the visual part taken out. As a person who suffers from depression, it is easy to know the “right” choices to make, but the choices feel like the have little weight to them. The writing is pretty bland. I don’t want to say that we need to make depression more exciting to have a discussion about it in video games, but this was mostly just a story about someone’s life, and instead of reading their blog or article, I had to open a program to read it. Basically, this game was kind of bleh feeling, which I am sure taps into how they were feeling, but there are better ways to bring up depression and more constructive ways to show the downsides and maybe provide the insight to have others help themselves.
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2

Not a game, but a text adventure where you read, read and see choices you can't choose which simulates depression I guess...
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Wildly innacurate. Do not Play.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
What the actual f*ck?

You call this a game? Really?
It's just like an hypertext help file from any Windows program, nothing more.
A dull music in the background, very few pictures, some text and hyperlinks to let you choose what to do.

At this rate, we are all game developpers: learn html/css and it's even better.

Serioulsy, this game is worthless, the content is futile and infantile.

Just burn it.
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13 of 27 people (48%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
This game came with a free bottle of bleach!

9/11 would drink bleach while shooting myself while jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
What are you doing? lt's after 12.
Couldn't sleep, Pops.
Neither can we,
with the noise you're making.
Let's go inside.
Just one more shot?
All right.
Just one.
Good. Shoot it again.
Getting pretty good. Shoot till you miss.
You think if l can get good enough,
l can go to college?
lf you get good enough,
you can do anything you want.
l want to play at North Carolina.
That's a real fine school.
You can get a good education.
l want to play on a championship team.
Then l want to play in the NBA.
All right, let's slow down, son.
Shouldn't you get some sleep first?
Once l've done all that...
...l want to play baseball, like you.
Baseball. Yeah, now, that's a sport.
When you've done that...
...l suppose you're going to fly?
At this time...
...l've reached the pinnacle of my
basketball career and must retire.
The one good thing is that my
father had the opportunity... see me play my last game.
That means a lot.
What'll you do now?
l've never really told anybody this,
except for one person.
l'm going to play professional baseball.
What are you going to play?
l don't know. As a kid, l was a pitcher.
l think outfield,
because it'll be hard for me to pitch.
Let's get out of here. This stinks.
Don't bring me again.
Don't bring me again.
Are you listening?
Did you hear him? Did you hear him?
That little brat is right.
l told you, if l've told you once...
...l told you a thousand, thousand,
thousand, thousand times!
We need new attractions!
New ones!
Get it?
Big, shiny new things.
Absolutely, sir.
Look at me and listen:
The customer is always right!
The customer is always right!
Okay, we need something.
We need something...
Something wacky.
We need something, something....
Looney? Oops!
Looney. Thank you!
Yes! Looney!
Now you're talking!
Looney! Looney! That's it!
That's the word l was looking for!
Get the Looney Tunes.
Bring them here.
Sir, just noticing...
...they're from Earth.
What if they can't come?
What did you say?
What if they can't come?
Make them.
Make them!
We're gonna get them!
Looks good in that uniform.
Looks great. Can't teach that.
Can't teach it.
Thanks for autographing
that basketball for my kid.
l'm happy to do it.
Let's go!
Curve ball. Don't swing.
Fastball, outside corner. Swing.
That was your pitch.
l know, l missed it.
l'll get you another one.
Come here.
-l'm sorry, l didn't mean to--
-Come here!
Make sure that nobody bothers Michael.
l want him to be the happiest player.
Slider. Don't swing.
Strike three!
l told you not to!
l couldn't help it.
l know. Nice talking to you!
We're not worried.
Good cut.
That was a good-looking strikeout.
You look good when you strike out.
When l do, it looks nasty.
At least you look good. Good-looking.
Hi, Mr. Jordan.
l'm Stan Podolak.
Oh, jeez.
You okay?
That was a nasty fall.
l'm Stan Podolak, Mr. Jordan,
the Baron's new publicist.
l'm here to make your life easier.
Can l drive you somewhere?
You want me to pick up your laundry,
baby-sit your kids?
l am here to personally guarantee...
...that no one will ever bother you.
What was that?
Hang on!
-Hanging on!
-Hanging on!
Are we there yet?
You irascible bunny!
Come back here, you screwy rodent!
l'll be with you in a second, folks,
after l finish with nature boy here.
All right, you pesky rabbit.
l've got you now!
One small step for moi....
One giant leap for Moron Mountain!
And one whopper headache for Elmer Fudd.
Diminutive, ain't they?
We seek the one they call Bugs Bunny.
-Have you seen him?
-Where is he?
ls he around?
Bugs Bunny, Bugs Bunny.
Say, does he have great big long ears?
Like this?
Does he hop around... this?
Does he say, ''What's up, doc?'' like this:
What's up, doc?
Nope! Never heard of him.
You know,
maybe there is no intelligent life...
...out in the universe after all.
Hold on there, Mr. Looney Tune.
What do you think we are? Stupid?
Don't move a muscle.
Okay, bunny, gather up your Tune pals.
-We're taking you for a ride.
-Move it.
Totally. All right.
So, like, where are we going?
Are we there yet?
-Sorry it took so long.
-Don't worry about it.
That exit on 65 wasn't clearly marked.
-Hold up, right here.
Thanks, Sherm.
-Appreciate it.
-lt's Stan, Mike.
You can call me Sherm if you want.
l follow your career and l think you're
the greatest athlete that's ever lived.
How do l get out?
The door doesn't work.
lt's a classic.
lt's a classic, but it's got
a few peccadillos. Hold on.
A few?
lt's smoking too.
Thanks for the ride.
This is nice. This is a nice house.
Beautiful. What is that, Colonial?
lt's a nice house.
lf you need help with the house....
l'm fine, thanks.
You gave me a ride. Thanks.
l'll drive tomorrow, so l don't need a ride.
But thanks, though.
Too conspicuous?
Thanks, though.
-See you tomorrow.
Come on! No, not today!
Get off me! Your breath!
Mr. Jordan, are you okay?
Get off of him, Charles!
Bad dog! Git!
Pooch, stop it!
Get off of him before l cook you!
Come on, come on, baby.
Get out!
Good game.
Hey, Jeff, you okay?
-How was your game?
-l don't want to talk about it.
How are you?
You're covered with drool!
That's your dog.
What's wrong with Jeff?
He lost 32 points in his average.
ls that all?
So that puts him at .685 or something.
He's batting what?
Smells good in here. What you cooking?
Chicken and what?
Collard greens.
Good. l need a good meal tonight.
ls everything okay?
l stunk up the place.
Hope baseball was a good idea.
It was another career
day for Michael Jordan.
What're you watching?
He had 3 strikeouts.
ls this the only thing on TV?
What's up with this?
His batting average is .214,
which is his weight.
Get this guy a tennis racquet!
Did everyone get mad at you?
No. Worse.
They were nice about it.
I know golf is your sport.
But not here.
You should open your stance.
lt might make you more aggressive.
You think so? l'll remember that.
Watching this hurt me more than you.
Why are you watching this stuff?
lt's bad for you.
Road Runner.
Stop this cartoon!
We've got an emergency Cartoon
Character Union Meeting to go to.
Hey, wait for me! Hold your horses!
Where'd they go?
Stop the music!
Top duck coming through!
Jeez! lt's getting so a guy can't
even get himself wet around here!
What's the big emergency?
These little guys would like to
make an announcement. Here.
...all of you...
...are now our prisoners!
Oh, we're in big trouble now.
We are taking you to our
theme park in outer space.
No fooling.
You'll be our slaves.
And placed on display for the
amusement of our customers.
Oh, fear clutches my breast.
We ain't a-going...
Not so fast, doc.
You just can't turn us into slaves.
That would be bad.
You must let us defend ourselves.
Oh, yeah? Who says?
Just a sec.
What's this?
''Give them a chance
to defend themselves.''
Do we have to?
lt's a rule.
Okay. lt is in the rule book.
Una momento!
We must confer.
All right, troops. lt is for us to
choose a battlefield that affords us--
l got it.
Yes, Private Porkster?
How about we challenge them to a...
...spelling bee?
...we could have a bowling tournament.
Suffering succotash!
What's wrong with you?
Let's get a ladder...
...wait till the old lady's gone...
...and grab that little bird!
Whoa! Take a deep breath, Sly!
Okay, let's analyze the competition.
Now what are we looking at here?
We got a small race of invading aliens....
Small arms! Short legs!
Not very fast.
Tiny little guys.
Can't jump high.
We challenge you to a basketball game.
Basketball it is!
What is basketball?
-What's that?
-Beats me.
We didn't have that in school.
Pardon me! Sorry.
Down in front!
An exhilarating team sport currently
growing rapidly in popularity... basketball.
Unlike football and baseball,
only 5 men can play on a team.
It's a fast-paced, razzle-dazzle
game that requires quick wits...
...and even faster reflexes.
Here's how it's done professionally.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
just bad..
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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 28
surprisingly amazing to play. serious trigger warning though
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Kishri Alpha
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
Depression isnt real. Cheer up and stop being a child about the littlest things. Life is only fun and good if you make it so. The word itself is a crutch and you should feel bad for pinning yourself to it. If you truely are depressed and have nothing to lose then just ♥♥♥♥ing try something new and exciting. Worst case scenario you are back at your imaginary diagnosis of depression. The world is your apple, start acting like it and stop being a moppy ♥♥♥♥. By the way this game is pretty bad even for what it is attempting to do. If you really want to pull yourself out of whatever it is you are calling it today keeping you down just do it. Unless it is social issues like bein gshy and stuff. You would definately need someoneto assist you with that, which is understandable and wise. TL;DR cheer up, you could be in a worse spot. Everyone is missing something, look at what you have: friends, family, porn, video games, weed, whatever. You still are around now so obviously you are still around because or for something. Make the best of it, we all equally have the one life to live so don't blow it being a sad sap.
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Dedicated Anime Enthusiast
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
Game keeps crashing?
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0.7 hrs
Posted: September 23
This game hit rather close to home for me. Although it would've been better if it were longer, I enjoyed it. Adding more music would've been another improvement. 7/10
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My Dead Wife
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 22
I think It was an interesting game it has a bunch of similar things to Emily is Away. I definatly enjoyed it. Playing this game almost made me feel better in a way I mean I and everyone else in the world has some type of deppresion at some time in there life. and playing the route that makes you happier made me happier. overall I think the game is a good solid 9/10.
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The art mart buddy
0.9 hrs
Posted: September 21
This game gave me crippling depression
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◄Reborn► Faz
44.4 hrs
Posted: September 18
10/10 would waste 44 hours again
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46.5 hrs
Posted: September 18
A crippling game truly.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: September 16
It's not a fun game, but it's not intended to be. This is a brave attempt to broaden the purpose of games, and to broaden the genre. It's a storytelling game that gives insight into what living with depression can be like. So this can be used to help people who have a depressed friend or loved one understand a little of what they're going through, and maybe give them some talking points to broach difficult subjects.

I suffer from anxiety/depression myself. I'm 45 years old, but had I played this game earlier in life, I can see how it could have positively influenced me.

My only criticism is that it's a text adventure format. I think it works for this subject matter, though. Also, it's important to consider that there was a lot less funding for experimental games when this one was being produced. Consider it a pioneering game in the indie field.

All in all, I applaud the effort, and hope that people find it helpful. I also hope that we continue experimenting with therapeutic possibilities of games.
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