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:
Recent:
Mixed (46 reviews) - 65% of the 46 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mixed (3,415 reviews) - 55% of the 3,415 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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Mixed (46 reviews)
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Mixed (3,415 reviews)
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Sydvana
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
As the writer of this game aimed to simulate the life of a depressed individual, they succeeded. I found myself identifying with the game in many ways, recalling times that I had been in similar situations. This would be a great game for anyone to play that wants to try to see the other side of depression, or understand a little more about something that afficts a loved one, or themselves. I would recommend it, it's a very accurate interpretation, a deep and involved game.
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Dr. Zuipperpips Beiuet
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
The game isn't exaclty fun, as the developers said it already, but it was a heck of an experience to be through. I loved it
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Dopameme
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This game is so unforgivably bad it made me depressed that this level of rubbish managed to make it through Steam Greenlight.
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h0tsp4ce
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
I've been diagnosed as clinically depressed for over ten years now. I thought this game would offer some kind of insight or something I could identify with. I should have immediately seen the name "Zoe Quinn" and deleted the game, but I tried to give it an objective playthrough.

While it does begin with the caveat that all experiences are not the same...this isn't even close to what many of us have experienced. This should be called "Late 20's Male Depression Quest" as it is just a small window into a male in (what I'm assuming) his late 20's and how his relationship falls apart with his girlfriend.

It makes my stomach churn that when they were writing this they probably imagined all the tumblrettes jumping for joy that, "Finally, our disease has an interactive experience!" Eugh.

If you really want to know something about mental disorders I suggest you play a game like The Cat Lady, Downfall, Masochisia, or any number of horror titles available on Steam. While they are a bit more fantastical in nature - they are a hell of a lot more real when it comes to how a mental disorder can affect one's life.

Seriously, why...for anyone who has played this and ISN'T depressed, it makes it seem like, "Hey now I can go to my friend and help him and/or her by just lending an ear! Teehee!" Yeah...depression isn't that easily fixed.

0/10. I legitimately tried to identify with it.
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Johnny
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
crippling
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Dequesto
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Well done. Visual appearance and background music fits well. Playing first time looks nice. A whole story to demonstrate that emotional ilness and emotions can be as disabling and painfull as physical. A big hug to the team for bringing awareness and stoping this social stigma spreading.

But why so much text? I understand it needs to be detailed, but that is somehow wrongly done. I'm not talking abuot making a modern 3D interactive game with...
Interactive choices: First, why not to make us[b/] choose the character?
  • What am I?
  • Male?
  • Female?
  • Age?
  • Dreams?
  • Hobbies?
  • Personality
  • Experiences?
  • ???

We have only one person, who is 20/M, maybe a more common age where you rething priorities and re-think what life stands for and what do i wan't to live happy...
The thing is, this game could be expanded heavily and the whole story (stories?) could go further.
It's hard to suggest anything, because I don't even know if this would reach developers of this game and if my ideas wouldn't be wasted.
Anyone agree that this game could do better and have better quality?
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Flerbergerber
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
It seems like the people leaving negative reviews didn't even read the main page. The game completely accomplishes its goals. It gives a perfect description of what depression is like, and effectively makes you sympathize with the main character. Finding many of the occurances in the game similar to personal experiences, the game brought me to tears. The game tells an amazing story incredibly accurately. This game should be approached more like an interactive book than a game.
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bluecuban
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
No. It comes across as a game someone thought up as an artsy attempt to talk about depression in such a way that no one but the artist would understand, and consider that possibility. Nothing about it succeeds, and ends up wasting your time.
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omnitaku
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Pretty good all things considered, such as the fact that I can't read.
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Nat
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
An honest portrayal of an experience of depression. Of course, any individuals experience will be different, but I've found many things relatable. The unchoosable-choices I felt were an interesting way to illustrate how debilitating depression can be -- indeed, honestly, sometimes, some of us really, trully cannot pick up the phone!

Honestly, I think it does well what is says on the box. I found it worth my time.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Given the history with this title I will try my absolute best to remain unbiased.

The biggest problem with this game is evident from the very beginning, it states it is a interactive non-fiction experience.

It isn't, really. There are some very small choices, but they are not impactful and the outcome seems to be the same. There is not even any sort of PSA about how to get help for depression. I am not even sure why this was made. It does not seem to have been created to make awareness about depression, or try to translate the suffering and problems people who have to deal with deep depression have. It just feels like a empty, lifeless and non descript choose your own adventure game, except your choices are limited and the adventure consists of watching netflix and having awkward conversations with relatives and friends. Oh, well I also got a cat, but that really did not do much.

This is a empty, soulless experience, that paints a psychiatric issue over this shell of a "game" with sub par writing and inconclusive storytelling. There is no value gained from this, no new knowledge is found from depression, and no one with depression will gain any help from this.

This is a poor attempt at a interactive novel, and a worse attempt at creating depression awareness.
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
This game was supposedly made to show people with depression that you're not alone, and many others have it too. It was also made to show people who don't have depression what it's like.

I think you completely and utterly failed to show any of that, and if anything, made me more depressed. The writing was fine, and it wasn't too boring. But it was painly short and completely annoying. What's the point in having choices if you can't pick them? Although this is supposed to simulate "your depression," no choice is truly impossible. Anyone who is depressed, even "profoundly," can pick up the phone and call a therapist.

The only thing I liked about this was the cat. Nice try, but I think you failed to get your point across. Although I did not like this game, you should at least try it and see what you think. Opinions vary based upon how touchy you are about depression and anxiety. If you are touchy, like I am, I wouldn't even think about getting this game.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
I've been diagnosed as clinically depressed for over ten years now. I thought this game would offer some kind of insight or something I could identify with. I should have immediately seen the name "Zoe Quinn" and deleted the game, but I tried to give it an objective playthrough.

While it does begin with the caveat that all experiences are not the same...this isn't even close to what many of us have experienced. This should be called "Late 20's Male Depression Quest" as it is just a small window into a male in (what I'm assuming) his late 20's and how his relationship falls apart with his girlfriend.

It makes my stomach churn that when they were writing this they probably imagined all the tumblrettes jumping for joy that, "Finally, our disease has an interactive experience!" Eugh.

If you really want to know something about mental disorders I suggest you play a game like The Cat Lady, Downfall, Masochisia, or any number of horror titles available on Steam. While they are a bit more fantastical in nature - they are a hell of a lot more real when it comes to how a mental disorder can affect one's life.

Seriously, why...for anyone who has played this and ISN'T depressed, it makes it seem like, "Hey now I can go to my friend and help him and/or her by just lending an ear! Teehee!" Yeah...depression isn't that easily fixed.

0/10. I legitimately tried to identify with it.
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Made me more depressed.



100/10
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18 of 29 people (62%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
This game gave me depression

Quest complete?
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
If you ever feel like a useless piece of ♥♥♥♥, just remember: this game made it past the Greenlight even after being shot down once.

What appears to be a game tagged under "interactive fiction", "choose your own adventure", and "multiple endings" ends up being the same as Fallout 4's RPG choice elements. Halfway through this game, half or only one choice option becomes available if you don't follow the story as the developer wants you to. Got this because everyone says it's a joke. Not only is it a joke, it's an insult to people who actually suffer from depression PTSD, and the like.

Please never make another game.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Funny how only a bunch of drugs is the only thing that makes you feel better in this game
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
almost as pointless as life itself
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
The game isn't exaclty fun, as the developers said it already, but it was a heck of an experience to be through. I loved it
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
No. It comes across as a game someone thought up as an artsy attempt to talk about depression in such a way that no one but the artist would understand, and consider that possibility. Nothing about it succeeds, and ends up wasting your time.
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