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 (44 reviews) - 61% of the 44 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mixed (3,391 reviews) - 55% of the 3,391 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 (44 reviews)
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Mixed (3,391 reviews)
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Jewcup
( 50.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
BEST GAME EVER HOLY ♥♥♥♥ GAME OF THE YEAR 2000-3000 I LOVE IT
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Emik03
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
0/10 got bored to death, so if that's the end goal then congrats i guess
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Saura
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This is...very very wonderful in a way that is hard to explain.
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Mr. Studman
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
0/8: not so gr8 b8, m8
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RoseyTheDorky~
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
If you Have Depression I recomend you dont play this game because if you do get the good ending you are gonna hope life turns out that way for you too but sadly you have to make that happen... you have to talk to people and take the medication and you have to learn how to stop showing it so easily.... Sometimes depending on who you tell they all have different reactions... And if you get the sad ending you sit there and believe that its whats going to happen to you so you keep going back and you try to pick desisions you would do because if you choose the things that lead to that its gonna happen right? WRONG... people can change within the years and eventually theres a chance you make friends and you can help eachother out... Eventually you start to feel useful again and the grey clouds start to go away... and possibly if you are lucky you can find that one person that will help you through anything.... you can make friends easily again and you can start to talk again... and eventually you will stop being so down all the time and saying sorry for every little thing... Eventually you can be happy again but not if you play this game... If you play this game you will learn alot about different theories of depression but if you play it while already having depression it can give you flashbacks to when you were like that or it can even make you hit a depression spike... Sometimes Depression is a scary thing and such a deep dark hole to try and climb out of... I warn you to not play it if you have depression.... But if you do... Dont fall backwards... Keep climbing out... You can talk to me if you need to....
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soviet strayagrad
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Great strory about depression with the path and outcomes I chose resulted in being isolated from the outside world.
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Mutilated
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I play this game every time the wife brings home 5 guys.
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wewiles
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is one hour of my life I will never get back. Thanks Five Guys and Fries
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Hektor Hernández
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Please play this
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Boring, ♥♥♥♥, and a terrible "narrative-game". You can do better than this. Like Dear Esther, Emily is Typing, etc.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
27 of 47 people (57%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
This game succeeds at showing why you shouldn't listen to "reviewers" or "professionals" or anyone else paid to share their opinions.
This games sucks as a game. It's a boring waste of time. In my opinion. Maybe you'll like it. If you do, I recommend the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series of books. They're like this, but actually fun, and not written by someone focused on shoving a political agenda down your throat.
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29 of 51 people (57%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
you can't even kill yourself in this game smh
looks like i have to in real life now
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18 of 31 people (58%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
according to this game i have depression.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
If you Have Depression I recomend you dont play this game because if you do get the good ending you are gonna hope life turns out that way for you too but sadly you have to make that happen... you have to talk to people and take the medication and you have to learn how to stop showing it so easily.... Sometimes depending on who you tell they all have different reactions... And if you get the sad ending you sit there and believe that its whats going to happen to you so you keep going back and you try to pick desisions you would do because if you choose the things that lead to that its gonna happen right? WRONG... people can change within the years and eventually theres a chance you make friends and you can help eachother out... Eventually you start to feel useful again and the grey clouds start to go away... and possibly if you are lucky you can find that one person that will help you through anything.... you can make friends easily again and you can start to talk again... and eventually you will stop being so down all the time and saying sorry for every little thing... Eventually you can be happy again but not if you play this game... If you play this game you will learn alot about different theories of depression but if you play it while already having depression it can give you flashbacks to when you were like that or it can even make you hit a depression spike... Sometimes Depression is a scary thing and such a deep dark hole to try and climb out of... I warn you to not play it if you have depression.... But if you do... Dont fall backwards... Keep climbing out... You can talk to me if you need to....
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
6,055 of 6,808 people (89%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
This is a free text based experience that just has you clicking hyperlinks as you would a webpage. I can't really call it a game since I don't think the point is to entertain you. It was originally a website and this is just the web-kit version of the site put on Steam. I'm not sure it will help anyone with depression, so much as it lets people with depression think, no you are not alone (the player, not the character 'You'). Other people feel the way you do.

The basic gameplay in Depression Quest is that you will read through things (You is the player character that you will play) and then make a choice of what to do (click a hyperlink).

It sets a story and gives you background information on things. You have everything going for you, a significant other, a circle of friends, a day job. Your girlfriend, Alex is supportive of who you are and understands you. That's more than some people have in real life, but it illustrates you can have everything and yet depression still affects you. At least the characters in the game are supportive of you and not questioning why you have depression or does depression exist or are you just lazy? Its almost like everyone accepts you, but you are the one with a problem that doesn't accept yourself. Its all inward in this experience. You make enough money to support yourself, so money isn't the issue, but money is never a discussion or a reason to the depression, its just all you.

Below each life choice, Depression Quest bluntly tells you that you are not in therapy, nor taking medication for depression, you are just dealing with it. The 'happy' or 'logical' choices are always crossed out forcing you to select the sad choices such as, 'watch TV, work on a project (Depression Quest) or crawl into bed.'

The big thing that I take away from this is everyone around you (the player character) really cares about you. It also seems like there's no way out. Maybe there would be a way out to happiness with diet, less beer, soaking up some sun so your body can make vitamin D or a life change, but that's never explored, you are just suffering from depression and forced to live that way. Depression Quest brings up minor what ifs, such as going back to school or finding a better job might help... but well there's risk. Those statements are never followed up. You have no choice to change things in your life (the character's).

You see the character get worse and worse with no help in sight. Almost as if the entire point of this is to make you the player depressed (which is different than depression). Crossing out logical happy choices for depressing ones. This is a quick experience that finishes after maybe 2 dozen pages of text. I quickly played through it three times and it felt like while there are multiple endings, it didn't feel like I wanted to take the time to see them all. Like reading and carefully selecting my choices leads to more reading to endings that I didn't feel were satisfying. It was too quick of an experience to feel nothing more than a brief diversion. Someone did write me on how to get to the 'good ending' where you are allowed to get help, but with so many choices and endings, I found it difficult to even get the good ending with someone telling me how to achieve it. Again, the happy ending just didn't feel good or satisfying. Maybe that's depression in a nutshell or maybe that's poor writing.

To anyone suffering from depression, there is always help. There are always people willing to help and you are never alone. *hug*
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4,703 of 5,382 people (87%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
Point blank: I think this game fails at what it set out to do. It doesn't make the user understand depression at all. In fact, it's just the story of some overpriviledged guy too stuck in his head. Nothing awful actually happens to the character. The player isn't made to sympathize with him in any way. Instead it just comes off as "Make the right decision and get moderately better". Actual depression is nothing like that. It just fails on all levels to capture just how dreary and dreadful the world actually looks when you've got depression. There's no sense of hopelessness or despair. The name itself "Depression Quest" is utterly uncreative and unimaginative as well.
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1,134 of 1,286 people (88%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
As someone who has been diagnosed with clinical depression at the age of 17 (now 22), as well as living with a diagnosed manic depressive older brother and formerly suicidal sister, I felt like this game, Depression Quest, could help me gain stability in parts of my life where I lack.
As it turns out, it is nothing short of insulting. Depression Quest takes the impossible weight and drain of simply feeling /bad/, and reduces it to a rather whiney, irritating and self-absorbed narrative. It /then/ takes the raging emotional battles and incredible fears cloud rational thought and displays them as so many single-line responses. I KNOW WHAT TO DO. I KNOW A SEEING THERAPIST IS THE CORRECT CHOICE. I KNOW LYING BACK IN BED IS THE WRONG CHOICE. It's not about what you should do, it's about how in the heck to conquor all that negativity and emotional drag to get anywhere. It's about how to consciously break those cycles of self-hating thoughts and stop those feelings before they happen. Bear in mind these are only my objections to the depiction of depression as a disorder.

Depression Quest as a game? I have literally read popup books that were more interactive, and I use the term correctly. The 1996 classic Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey was 100 times the game this one could ever hope to be, and it had a neato dog. I tried to think of games that came close to being as frustrating to play, aside from personally offensive, and I counted to None! None games! Ah ah aaaahhh!
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1,020 of 1,191 people (86%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2015
I got this game a while ago, as you see I didn't spend very long in it, but it was long enough. I don't know anything about the whole controversy seeing as how I tend to stay away from BS, but this game is bad.

I have actual PTSD, from being in the military and from having witnessed murder of my brother at a very young age and I can tell you that Depression is absolutely nothing like this. This game is terrible at depicting depression. If you want to know what actual depression is like, just imagine being in a deep hole and not having the strength and will power to climb out as you're having dirt shoveled onto you and being buried alive. That's the easiest way I can describe it, but even that does no real justice. This game did the very thing that is almost impossible to do, offend me. It offends me, because of how terribly it misrepresents actual suicidal depression. That's coming from a suicide attempt survivor.

P.S No one cares about your special snowflake syndrome.
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