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 (38 reviews) - 44% of the 38 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mixed (3,439 reviews) - 55% of the 3,439 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 (38 reviews)
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Mixed (3,439 reviews)
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WAR Corporation
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I played this game and all I have to say is: good job, developers.
I suffer from "heavy" depression, this game really touched me.
Once again thank you developers for making a game that can make you emotional. I do recommend this game.
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RoboticOmen
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I only downloaded this game just to downvote it.
I regert nothing.
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Nightstalker725
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
This novel has noble intent, but misses the mark, and makes depression seem like much more of a pathetic pity-party than it really is (at least in my experience). Also the music is annoying. Thumbs down from me because if I knew what it's like I never would've it.
That said, if you would like an insight into depression, I'm sure you would benefit.
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rock3tz
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I liked what it tried to do but it's too short and simplistic.
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Aids Dank
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
#GAMERGATE
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KoukiThatsMe
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
If you are looking for a fun game, stay away. This game, if you want to call it that, is pretty soulcrushing. It really shows the desparation and the helplessness that is to be experienced with depression. You have to commit to those feelings to really immerse in this game, otherwise it's just a waste of time.

If, however, you want to have a taste on what being depressed is like, if you want to understand depression better, this experience might help you. It might not have all the answers you are looking for, but it visualizes the inside of a depressed mind pretty well.

Get used to reading a lot of text; This "game" feels more like an interactive book than a video game. Love it or hate it.

If you can look past the lack of fun as well as the lack of actual gameplay, this game can do a lot to expand your own horizon.
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Coil The Führer | BOT Wolf
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Got a cat, Somehow killed the cat, Left Girfriend, Saw Doctor lots of times, Killed myself ( IRL )

10/10 Made me into a lesbian and did crack becuase of this, Would play again.
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Volksstürm Knabe
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Depression Quest (One hunts for depression or depressives?) is badly planned and executed. All characterisations are so whimsical, odds of my ever empathising with their circumstances are close to zero.

The music score is funereal.

AVOID
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B1ZZLEB1RD
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Ok, I saw this game on steam and it looked like a short game that I could just do and hope it would help me with some problems but this made it worse. All this game is about is you read a story of a depressed guy who just wants help. BORING
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77 of 83 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I'm pretty sure the creator of this game has no realistic perception of depression. The ideas that I came across in this game were ♥♥♥♥ing pathetic and the decisions you can make (if not forced) are not entirely realistic or wise when you are in that state of mind. I am personally infruriated by this game as it trivialises something as invasive as depression. A path which I, personally, have lost someone to, and something I (almost) lost myself to once. If you want a game with a more legitimate grasp on the subject of depression play something like Neverending Nightmares or Until Dawn.

If you think you are suffering with depression, I implore you to talk to your GP. If they believe you are suffering from depression you will be sent to a hospital for treatment (in my experience). If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts you will most likely stay in hospital for several weeks. Another route is by contacting Healthy Minds, and NHS-run program which has helped me get in touch with some valuable people and continue, to this day, to help me understand my own mental health.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
This game made me want to kill myself even more than I already wanted to.
10/10

On a serious note, this game is completely inaccurate and dare I say misleading with the name. It claims to give people a look into the life of a depressed person. This is problematic for 2 reasons:
1. Many people suffer from it differently.
2. Depression isn't just being sad, something this game horribly portrays. Being depressed is more like feeling nothing at all.
This game is horribly written, and I couldn't stop cringing at some of the dumbest lines I have ever seen in a video game (if you can even call this a game. There is hardly ever choices that you can make anyways as it takes away half or more of the options, it is pretty much just a book). This game is essentially the tumblr ♥♥♥♥♥♥'s view of being depressed.

I only even played it just to see how awful it really was. Was not disappointed there.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Ok, I saw this game on steam and it looked like a short game that I could just do and hope it would help me with some problems but this made it worse. All this game is about is you read a story of a depressed guy who just wants help. BORING
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Depression Quest (One hunts for depression or depressives?) is badly planned and executed. All characterisations are so whimsical, odds of my ever empathising with their circumstances are close to zero.

The music score is funereal.

AVOID
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
It should be appreciated that some people want this topic gain more publicity. But I personally don't think that this format of a textadventure fits. The story is just a collection of random events and so no tension is builded. It's also hard to get invested with the protagonist. This said the writing is OK.
I don't know if the options you can choose from are deactivated or activated because of your former actions but it makes the player feeling less control of the actual game. A better solution could have been the possibility of unlikely actions wich then return to the initial point.

All in all it shows how depression could be (actually you can have depression and still make jokes and laugh) but it's hardly a game for entertainment. So I only could recommend this for people who want to make an experience and aren't afraid of much reading.
Everyone else, even lover of textadventures, won't get much out of it.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I am dissapointed with the game.

I want my 40 minutes back.

If you could please direct that to my death bed.

Thnak you. Please don't make another game.

10/10
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
why do I need this game when I can just live my life and suicide.
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