Depression Quest is an interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression. You are given a series of everyday life events and have to attempt to manage your illness, relationships, job, and possible treatment.
User reviews: Mixed (3,248 reviews) - 56% of the 3,248 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
Helpful customer reviews
289 of 343 people (84%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
As someone with depression, this game was almost like a slap in the face. Each person deals with depression differently; when I feel it come on, I know to get out and do something to feel better. To have those options in the game scratched out makes the game seem biased to what most people think is depression; lazy, defeated, unhappy for months on end. Really, it was getting hard to play this game. There were problems in how depression was put out in this game. This isn't a game to play if you have experienced depression; this is sort of a mockery to ways of dealing with depression and posting this negative view of people with depression.
Lastly, I'd like to add that this isn't a quest. Depression isn't a quest that someone goes through. It's a real life problem that many people suffer with. This game makes it out that there is nothing you can do to make things better, which is even worse to read.
I would not recommend this game. Not even to someone who is studying depression or personality, mood disorders. It's simply just not good.
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439 of 607 people (72%) found this review helpful
618 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
It worked, It gave me depression
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53 of 70 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
This game. In my opinion is... Ok. I'll simply list what i like, and disliked.

Dislikes, starting off is the most glaring issue for me, the pretentiousness. The language, and tone just is so pretentious, there's a special way to write things seriously, and this game did not do it right, it just comes off as pretentious. (Sorry for saying pretentious so many times!) Secondly, this isn't that bad for me atleast but i think the developers wouldn't appreciate this comment, it seems more like a... Pet game. I can't put myslef in the main character's shoes. (even though i have had suicidal deppresion.) It justs seemes like, im nudging around this sad little creature. Last, i really couldn't sypathise for the main character. the deppresion was very sappy, and cheesy, there really weren't any reasons for him/her to be depressed, he/she just was. and the existing reasons were terrible. the deppresion just seemed like a petty teenager overeacting to life.
I also would have liked to be able to controll this person more. If this is susposed to be me, then i shouldn't be able to just make trivial nudges. Also, the "What do i do?" thing, was stupid. the options were so limited, and i got to choose so few things, the main character got to make important decisions without me even consenting!

LIkes, I got a very good sense of... Satisfaction when i "beat" the game. I felt like i had helped my little pet make the right choices, and actually was touched by the ending, i found myslef smiling, becuase i had this felling that i had made my little pet happy. As i have had depresion the red corss over the best answer was good. if you're deppresed there are times when you want to, you know you should, but you jsut can't.

All in all, i wouldn't recommend playing. It shows a very melodramatic, unrealistic view on depresion.

4/10 stars, a passable game.
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105 of 164 people (64%) found this review helpful
66 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
Anyone else craving Five Guys?
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
No. This is a serious review, I'm ♥♥♥♥♥♥ and I'm serious. I've been suffering from depression since ten years old and I can't let some game make it look like you'e just "lazy." No ♥♥♥♥ you. You're not just "lazy." You're depressed. Depression is not as simple as an emotion. Depression is a location. That location is the end of the road, a gun to your head and screams. When your mother and father get divorced. When your mother beats you so badly child protective services has to get involved. When a ten year old child has to see his own brother accuse his non biological father after his original father killed himself. The man who raised him when he was a six. The one who did all this. And he accuses the ten year old boy's father of beating him when he was young. When it turns out the mother was cheating on the father. When you realize the garage door opening at five in the morning at night was the boy's mother going to the gym to cheat on the father. Depression is watching your whole entire world fall apart. This game just makes it look like you smoked a bit of weed and are lazy and sleepy. This game has nothing special other than depression. I don't believe anyone on that team had ever experienced depression. Because the real thing about depression is. There is no escape. It will follow you around and whenever you're having a happy moment you remember the bad moments, you always do. Even when I had no will to live, when I just wanted to end it all. I still soldiered on, I hated myself. I thought I was ♥♥♥♥, like everything was my fault. I soldiered on because people cared about me, people loved me. People talked to me. They taught me how to love myself, they taught me how to be myself again. Talking in this game doesn't help, it doesn't solve anything and it doesn't help your character which is a total and utter lie. So at the end of third grade the boy was depressed. By fifth grade the boy was happy. And by sixth grade the boy was loved. From one depression survivor from another, don't kill yourself. You might think nobody cares about you, but really all you had to do all along was open your eyes and experience the good. Therapists are overrated, talk to a dog and or cat. They're much better listeners. I love all of you in a brotherly way survivors and sufferers. Don't give up. Let age knock at your door, not a stool and rope.
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