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 (60 reviews) - 40% of the 60 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (3,341 reviews) - 55% of the 3,341 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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Rogie B
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
Great game, you get into the character and touches certain aspects of having depression therefore giving you a better understanding of what being depressed could be like for certain people! Definitely try this out if you'd like to have a better understanding of depression.
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BananaShizune
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
A lot of people give this "game"/ experience crap, read them, I'll wait, then come back. Is the writing that great? not really, but it makes a point of showing you just how fast things can spiral out of control while battling the disease. A lot of them also cite their own experiences with depression, some getting mad with the way they portray depression after suffering from it themselves. I'll say right now I have suffered from everything explored in this, yet I would 100% recomend this to anyone who wants to try to understand depresison more. Bercause thats all you can do, is try to understand it, since it is experienced vastly different between each person. This"game"/ experience was made so that people who have no experience with depression a glimpse into the life of someone who does. This obviosuly means that things will be seen as laziness instead of symptoms of depression because guess what?
THAT'S HOW PEOPLE WITHOUT IT THINK IT IS. THAT'S IT. This is not a ""game"/ experience for those recovering/still suffering from depression, this a game for those with no experience with it, SO STOP TREATING IT THAT WAY. 10/10 would reccomend for anyone who wants to learn about depression and how things can spiral out of control.
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Fun Ghoul
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I got bored and killed myself, not good at simulating because it's a text game but still has the feel of being depressed. Overall not a very good simulator but accurate.
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BlurryFace...
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
It's nice playing from a given perspective and shows how hard it is being depressed and stuff. Overall a good game.
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The Fabulous Magikarp
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
This game reminded me what it was like when I was severely depressed. It also reminded me that I, like the protagonist, have come a long way.

I don't think the protagonist was portrayed as lazy, and I don't think it was cheap that some of the "better" options were not allowed to be picked. I think some of the people writing reviews forget that every person is different, and depression will affect people differently. Not every person will have the inner will power and determination to fight through their depression, especially since for the first third of the game, the protagonist didn't even acknowledge that they had depression.

Also, it makes no sense to me that people are giving this game a poor review simply because it's a free game. Seriously?
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DavidGX
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
This is one of the most immersive games I've ever played. A game about depression that makes you actually want to kill yourself is probably too realistic. Good thing there's no VR support.
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jubjubthechildgamer
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
I just downloaded this game. ♥♥♥♥ this game. I suffered from depression from multiple years. And this game makes me look like a lazy bum. Literally the first question has me wondering "Why can't I do the first thing?!". This game is so gay it gave my depression aids.
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Megnificent
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I know that this isn't intended to be a "game" in the sense that you have fun and find creative strategies to meet your goal. It is a story. A story that addresses a very serious, and often very misunderstood, issue. So I'm not going to judge this based off of the usual aspects I might on any other game in any other genre.

This *experience*, from start to finish, was honestly a bit terrifying and often hit too close to home with me. I have depression and a lot of the scenarios the protagonist experienced felt as though they were ripped from my own life and molded into text. It was relatable. It was honest. It took an issue that so many find difficulty discussing and brought it into light. I actually cried at some points, won't lie. In my experience, things ended on quite the optimistic note. Things seemed to be getting better for the protagonist and, reading through this, it gives me hope that things will get better for me too.

I doubt the creators of this game will ever read this, but if you do, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Depression Quest is an absolute treasure.
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blackflamingtot
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
He is depressed because he is gay. Just go do anal sex
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Teague
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Played with my cat the entire game
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littleferrhis
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
This game was horrible, stupid,and...*gets ♥♥♥♥ sucked by Zoe Quinn* THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAY IT NOW!
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Lonesome Ranger Frederico
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
I gotta say, this game was depressing alot at times, but in the end it was a brilliant game! Really brings your emotions out when you play through it, even shed some tears in the middle of it. But overall, great game!
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☹ Damon The Meme Guy ☹ デーモン
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
1. Products are not discriminating against men because they don't have a male selection of heels or makeup. Your problem here is gender roles that tell men in order to be accepted by society, they must comply to hegemonic masculinity. Men, do not pretend that if you saw a man wearing makeup and heels, you wouldn't mock them for it. The concept of hegemonic masculinity and gender roles in general is something Feminism fights AGAINST,because it only places restrictions and labels on our behaviour. Also, you're looking at makeup as being a liberation for all women, but have you ever considered why women feel so inclined to wear makeup? Perhaps because society places so many restrictions and beauty standards onto women that they literally feel they have to apply a ♥♥♥♥ load of chemicals to their face in order to be accepted? Makeup, for a lot of women, isn't necessarily a choice when they feel it's the only way to be validated in society.

2. Um, ♥♥♥♥♥♥s are massively discriminated against. In 2013/14 there was an increase in labiaplasty surgery by 49% (reconstruction of the ♥♥♥♥♥♥), and guess what? The whole industry of cosmetic surgery is dominated by women. The whole principle of cosmetic surgery may look like choice and agency for women, equality even, but there is nothing more sexist than a regime that encourages and entices women to be insecure about their bodies in order to make profit. It is not liberation if the reasons behind doing it are for social acceptance and validity rather than for their own self satisfaction.

3. There is still an issue with how society sees male-to-female violence as oppose to female-to-male violence. Women and Feminism did not do this to you. Society did. This is actually an issue Feminism is fighting against because we care about male abuse victims just as much as female abuse victims. Let's stop pretending that Feminism is the reason society perpetuates this ♥♥♥♥ when you know full well it opposes it.

4. The rest are literally the best examples of 'mansplaining' I've ever seen. Yes, we want gender equality. I really couldn't give a ♥♥♥♥ if you hold open the door for me or not. You really think that THAT is the thing we actually care about in a world where 85,000 women are ♥♥♥♥♥ in the UK every year with a conviction rate of 5.7%, 90 countries have at least one sexist law, 1/3 girls experience unwanted sexual attention at school, 80% of the human trafficking trade involves the sexual exploitation of women and girls, child marriage is still condoned in many cultures and women occupy 2/3 of the lowest paid jobs.

Can we stop demonising Feminism as if it's a movement that is anti-men? We are pro-gender equality, that means, all genders!

We are not to blame for all the issues pointed out in this post.

Why does a movement that highlights the mass inequality women face worldwide on a daily basis only become validated and accepted when people realise what it can do for men?
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Verisimilar
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
i found myself in the same position as the narrator at times. it corresponded with me at times, and i did feel the same, though the story didnt completely end, i guess that just means life goes on.
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Syncthra
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Playing this made me want to kill myself even further
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♥窓付き♥
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
I want to cry.
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Chopper Dave
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
What's good is that it's free and that's about it. What's bad is that there isn't much fun in playing this.
There are better CYOA games and text-based games that are free than this.
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bearrowell
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Honestly, I'm not sure what everyone is complaining about.

Yes, the game is very simple and doesn't offer any real gameplay. It's lightweight and there's not a whole lot going on with it.

It's also free, as in zero dollars, and you can delete it if you don't enjoy it. At $5 or even $2 I feel like I'd be giving a bad review since there isn't a lot of content here but for zero nothings it's a neat thing.

The developer makes a clear note at the beginning of the game that this is not supposed to define depression or be exactly like any one person's battle with it, however I did find myself almost eerily relating to it at times.

I thought a very cool part of the game was how you were not allowed to select the "best" option. For instance, it gives you the choice of "Go to the part reluctantly" and "Stay home" but you cannot select "get over it and go and have a good time" because from this person's persepctive, that's not even a possible option. I relate.

It is mostly pretty well-written, not amazing. Simple language and vague details I suppose in effort to make it more relatable.

The music is okay, nothing special, but you can switch it off if it irritates you.

The game is very short, I played through the story in about 20 minutes and I am not a particularly fast reader. I tried a second arc where I picked all the "worst" options and while much of it was the same it did provide some different results and a different ending.

I will agree that there's not much to this game, it's short and overly simple.

However, I found it relatable and at the whopping price tag of free I think it's neat.

If you're looking for action-packed adventure, this is not even vaguely close.

If you're looking for a robust and detailed game, again, not for you.

But if you take a look at the screenshots and read the description of the game and it sounds interesting to you, it probably will be.

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Lurkem
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
boo get off the stage
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
pure garbage. not even a game, a pile of third rate writing.

i love the interactive fiction genre but this is clearly agenda-driven whining. if it were compelling or eloquent it could have been a good concept, but it isn't.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
This made me depressed






Amazing
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
A lot of people give this "game"/ experience crap, read them, I'll wait, then come back. Is the writing that great? not really, but it makes a point of showing you just how fast things can spiral out of control while battling the disease. A lot of them also cite their own experiences with depression, some getting mad with the way they portray depression after suffering from it themselves. I'll say right now I have suffered from everything explored in this, yet I would 100% recomend this to anyone who wants to try to understand depresison more. Bercause thats all you can do, is try to understand it, since it is experienced vastly different between each person. This"game"/ experience was made so that people who have no experience with depression a glimpse into the life of someone who does. This obviosuly means that things will be seen as laziness instead of symptoms of depression because guess what?
THAT'S HOW PEOPLE WITHOUT IT THINK IT IS. THAT'S IT. This is not a ""game"/ experience for those recovering/still suffering from depression, this a game for those with no experience with it, SO STOP TREATING IT THAT WAY. 10/10 would reccomend for anyone who wants to learn about depression and how things can spiral out of control.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
It's [Current Year], which is a depressing fact in and of itself. We've evolved far enough as a species to begin to question basic things that we have taken for granted, but we've done so in completely the wrong ways.

A: "What is talent?" B: "A BARRIER THAT STOPS THE UNTALENTED FROM PARTAKING IN THE ARTS."

A: "What is merit?" B: "A RACIST, SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC CONCEPT THAT BARS SPECIAL PEOPLE FROM ENTERING SKILLFUL DISCIPLINES."

A: "Why was Zoe Quinn allowed to publish this steaming turd?" B: "Even as the loud, obnoxious SJW example in this made-up conversation, I can't answer that. This game's free and I still feel ripped off."

This "game" (and I'm being generous by calling it such, even with the utmost sarcasm) is emblematic of pure, distilled half-assery. Badly written, horrifically narrow in scope, poorly scored (bland piano, noice), and reeking of a fedora-clad Starbucks customer. A review on Steam of a game with a two-year-old controversy seems like a waste of time, but after wasting ten precious minutes I'll never get back, I felt obligated to post. Have a nice day, unless you're Zoe.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
I was diagnosed with depression which I'm over with now so I can tell that this is certainly not how it feels like. This is just an autistic, socially awkward self loathing simulator and the only sane responses in this game are crossed out because QUINNSPIRACY thought it would be a good idea. You are better off starting a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ youtube account with minecraft videos as a 12 year old than playing this atrocious piece of ♥♥♥♥.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
What's good is that it's free and that's about it. What's bad is that there isn't much fun in playing this.
There are better CYOA games and text-based games that are free than this.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
It's nice playing from a given perspective and shows how hard it is being depressed and stuff. Overall a good game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I got bored and killed myself, not good at simulating because it's a text game but still has the feel of being depressed. Overall not a very good simulator but accurate.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
15 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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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
i dont know why anyone would bother with this game, it is bassicly a short story. A poorly written short story. it claims a purpose but completely miss it, would have been easy to make a point system, that could illustrate how being normal in that situation takes a toll on the person with depression, but instead you were lazy and just crossed out options.

The game is bassicly just writting, honestly seen powerpoint presentations that were more stimulating than this game. Yes i get that it was not meant to be visually appealing but even then it was underwhelming. All it got is writting, but the writting is poorly done and flawed, why is the introduction to the story done so that you are genderless, both partner and you, but during the story the girlfriend gets a gender all of the sudden. it was made a game why? would be a better story if you just told it the way you wanted it. why bother with framing it in a game when its clearly just a blog.

so in clossing it is poorly made, the story is flawed and not very immersive or captivating. Feel like there would be tumblr blogs that would trump this game.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
As someone who has been suffering from depression, this games make it seem like depression is being a little lazy and stressed. Being stressed, lazy and not very social are all normal, very real things that are not depression. As someone who makes videos in their spare time, I have never not been movtivated by depression. That is ridiculous.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 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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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
I am now suffering from depression.
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6 of 6 people (100%) 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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18 of 29 people (62%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
tumblr emo girl simulator 2016
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
this game is nothing but a chore to play no wonder she had to suck some guy off just to give this flaming turd some chance of seeing the damn light. Kids if you truely want to expecience this game put a belt sander to your face cause it's just a painful as playing this "game." Why the hell does this have full controller support anyway!?
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
MICROAGGRESSION WARNING: INTENSE TRIGGERING

INSTALL IN SAFE SPACE AT OWN RISK
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