Take a walk on the thin line between hope and despair in Actual Sunlight: A short interactive story about love, depression and the corporation.
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Julkaisupäivä: 3. huhti, 2014

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"Showed at PAX East 2014."


“The Biggest Challenge In This Game Is Preventing Your Character From Committing Suicide”

“Actual Sunlight Is The Hardest Hitting Game About Depression I’ve Ever Played”

“Actual Sunlight is a brutal depiction of a man’s life self-destructing, and it’s a game whose central character can only find hope in his own death.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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“I know what you’re thinking: Why keep getting up, day in and day out, even though your life is going nowhere?”

Notorious: Widely considered to be one of the bleakest and best-written experiences in indie gaming, Actual Sunlight challenges you to confront the life of Evan Winter: An overweight, lonely and severely depressed young professional.

Fear the words, not the reading: Presented almost entirely in text, a mixture of sharp observation and pitch black humor captures your interest from provocative beginning to shattering conclusion.

Prepare yourself: Actual Sunlight is a uniquely unforgettable adventure that will etch itself into you as one of the most difficult, haunting and beautiful experiences you have ever had as a gamer.

Key Features

  • An intense, heartbreaking story with themes of video game addiction, unsatisfying work and miserable solitude.
  • Beautiful, original pixel and CG artwork invokes the streets, offices and sanctuaries of Toronto, Canada.
  • Dark and moody original music sets a proper tone for the brutal indifference of real life.

Important Notice

Due to explicit language, Actual Sunlight is not appropriate for players under the age of 18.

It also deals with extremely mature themes, including depression and thoughts of suicide. Similar to other forms of art that tackle these issues, Actual Sunlight can be an extremely powerful emotional experience – before downloading it, please first consider what your reaction to a book, film or piece of music in a similar vein might be.

For immediate updates on the game, please follow Will O'Neill on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/willoneill


    • OS: Windows 98, XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 High Color +
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
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1/1 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
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I played this game directly after Depression Quest because from what I read, they're very similar. Actual Sunlight does have more interaction involved though.

This game follows the thoughts of a man named Evan Winters, who clearly suffers from depression. He talks about things that a lot of us think about. He's stuck in a rut and working at a job he hates. He makes the excellent point that society is constantly telling us that our lives are what we make it, but that few bring up how there's lack of opportunity to actually change things. Being stuck in this situation, he succumbs to dark, sad thoughts.

Like Depression Quest, it is strongly advised that a person with severe depression and/or suicidal thoughts not play this game. However, it can offer a different perspective for those who wish to understand what it's like.

Issues with the game: It's too short.
Julkaistu 12. lokakuu.
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damn....the story is brilliant and sad. play it, then have a beer.
Julkaistu 14. lokakuu.
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Welcome to a game about depression, where laptops stand on the floor right next to the table, where drawers are facing the wall, where the kid in front of the house jumps into a tree after you talk to her, where dogs and the standard-RTP-hero Ralph travel with the streetcar, where artstyles are mixed together and where the atmosphere gets completely destroyed because of the reasons listed above.
Julkaistu 13. lokakuu.
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7/16 (44%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
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A short, narrative-heavy, RPGMaker styled walk-through a young man's life, dealing with his depressive state of affairs. Sadly, this treatment lacks depth and choices for resolution, and rather rails you through absolutely zero options into the unavoidable ending, which arrives quickly and without much surprise. Forgettable sound or music assets with a smattering of well rendered vignettes between major scenes. Everything else is non-existent as the gameplay.

I recommend reading a book instead on the topic, like Prozac Nation or The Virgin Suicides. Very disappointing. 1/5
Julkaistu 12. lokakuu.
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"Why kill yourself today, when you could maturbate tomorrow?"

This game is a gem. It's basically a story that follows a man named Evan Winter and his struggle to get out of bed every day. The game deals with concepts like depression, anxiety, love, work, being poor, the system and everyday life. It is also very text-heavy, so if you can handle mature/dark themes and a bit of reading, you will very much enjoy it.

My only complaint was how the ending was set up. I think they should have dragged the story out a little longer. I dunno, it felt really unfinished. Maybe that was done on purpose.
Julkaistu 19. lokakuu.
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Never before has a game sparked such a huge emotional reaction. Evan Winters is just your everyday guy, but what makes him special is that theres something of him in everyone of us. The worthlessness and misery that Evan feels every day is something that everyone has felt at least once in their lives. You not only feel for him, you feel what he feels as he goes about his day-to-day life, basking in his miserable and meaningless existence.
Thats what makes this game so special. You feel such a sense of hopelessness and misery, but you just want things to work out for Evan and no matter how much he tells himself or you wish it for him, hes doomed to be stuck in his cycle of misery forever and ever. You as the player just want to help him and pull him out of the darkness, but in reality this isnt a game where you are the brave hero. You aren't some noble protector, saving the people from villainy. You are just a man living out your doomed existence.
Actual Sunlight deals with some really heavy themes relating to depression and suicide, so if you are suffering from one of these issues, I wouldn't reccomend immersing yourself into this world too much. If you feel like you need to talk to someone, contact lifeline on 13 11 14
Julkaistu 7. lokakuu.
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The first time I played this game, I was at one of my lowest emotional points I'd been in a while. I searched, "suicide" here on Steam and found this.

This game is all about a guy who is struggling to live his monotonous, seemingly irrelevant day-to-day life. If you're playing this in hopes of some kind of story of triumph or something similar, you will not find it here. At least, not in the traditional sense. Still, I would recommend this game. Maybe don't play it when you're super depressed though, as I did. Made me feel a little worse. Would have probably made me feel some sense of pride, etc., if I'd played it at a happier time.

My one major complaint about this game is its subtle self-righteousness. There is one element where you can click on an item, and all said item proves to be is a diatribe of how you can't possibly relate to the main character and to think you do is wrong. Why would the game developer do this? Just because the player isn't in the EXACT same circumstances as the main character does not, by any means, equate to having nothing of value to compare. Really ♥♥♥♥ed me off and took me out of the game's reality. It was a one-time instance, but its jarring appearance stuck with me throughout the rest of the game.

So I'd give it a 6/10. Would probably give it an 8/10 if it not for that.
Julkaistu 7. lokakuu.
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The game is tough on you and if you suffer/have suffered from depression it will open wounds but I do recommend this game beacuse it will open your eyes.
I didn't think when I heard about this game it would be so damn accurate to how life problems can turn out and the reaction to them. The power and energy the creators of the game have made is just amazing,
What they have written may be awful and horribly depressing to read but its very truthful, a lot of people do feel like the things 'Evan' writes in deep depression and mental illnessess.
I'm 17 (I know it says 18+, but I was curious to play this game) and I hate to say I understand how the main character feels in some of his situations and the things Evan said to the "Doctor" is pretty close to how I feel about things.
It also opened my eyes to how my life could become if I don't try to make something of myself, and I thank the creators for that. The message to young people near the start really touched me.
This game may not be much action and movement but its still amazing.
Julkaistu 8. lokakuu.
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In Actual Sunlight you play as a man called Evans, Evans is depressed,he hates his job,his family,and himself.Warning do not play this game if your depressed. It won't help and will make you feel even worse. But this is a good game if you can handle it.
It only goes for about a hour, but it deals with many themes like depression sucide self loathing and lonelyness.
Should you get this game? If your not depressed I would highly recommend it. But this game is not for everyone. Though I still think everyone should expience it.
Julkaistu 8. lokakuu.
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If you want a pathway into the life of someone suffering mental illness and depression, this is it.

If you want to understand why some people feel compelled to end it all, this is the way.

If you want to know what it's like to feel like you truly have nothing, play this game.

Even if you don't want to know, I still recommend playing this game. It was a kick in the face for me, and I'll never look at the issue quite the same way again.

It's the best US$5 I have ever spent on a game.
Julkaistu 8. lokakuu.
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It wasnt my type of game and I think a lot of people will find this boring. Its just a huge bore to me. Played it through and couldnt really feel the depression that should be going on there.
Texts were written like a novel, which I think is bad, I wanna play a game. Write it like a movie with different angles and multple characters that you can identify with. It was disappointing.
Julkaistu 30. syyskuu.
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Julkaistu 24. lokakuu.
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This was a tough game for me to play. Like many have said, it is an accurate representation of the thoughts and mindset of a suicidally depressed person, accurate to the point that I worry about anyone who has these thoughts or feelings playing this game and emulating the protagonist. The game is linear. Plot points are unlocked by making certain decisions and talking to other characters in a specific order. It was almost reminiscent of Takeshi's Challenge in that way, but unlike Takeshi's Challenge, decisions you make in Actual Sunlight have little to no effect on the progression of the game. In fact, the only decision the game lets you make is the order in which you talk to the characters around you to progress the storyline, which leaves you feeling like the ending is inevitable, another thought that someone suffering from clinical depression might have. The game is so spot-on with the symptoms of depression that the developer threw in an in-game note urging young people to not follow in the protagonist's footsteps, which is a nice thought, but I feel it could have been worded much better and overall read as something he felt obligated to do given the subject matter of the game. In short, this game could be a great tool for those who have never felt suicidal to understand what a friend or loved one is going through, but it may not be the best thing for someone going through a dark moment in their life to play.
Julkaistu 20. toukokuu.
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Before I begin (and you buy/play it) keep this in mind: This is not a normal game. It is an interactive text-based story.

The gameplay is a very little exploration (but if you aren't interest you can go straight to the objective), walking from one place to another. The music and sound effects are ok and the graphics is good, it was made in RPG Maker Ace, so you can have an idea about it.

The deep, dark and sad (and maybe dangerous) story is presented in many text screens, but very well organized and written. You will want to know more and more as you play it.

It has a short story, about 1 to 1,5 hours of gameplay, and I was pretty surprised in the end. That's all I can say without ruin your experience.

If you have some depression problem or your life is not ok, you should prepare yourself before play it.
If you are ok in those areas, it's definitely worth try this title.
Julkaistu 21. kesäkuu.
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Not a bad game. Quite depressing though especially since it conveys a very raw set of emotions.

The artwork is nice and I commend the guy who drew all the characters.

Seriously though, consoles are for lamers. Your life went downhill the moment you got rid of your awesome PC.
Julkaistu 29. kesäkuu.
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This is a truly deep and emotional journey, no sugar-coating or anything, this game is really blunt and honest.
i can truly relate to many things here, i always feel life has passed me, i thought about suicide many times, went through depression many many times. if you ever had doubts, suffered any emotional troubles, went through depression...etc.
then you should give this game a try and i can assure you that you will relate to many things here.

highly recommended of course and hats off to the developer for this strong, brutally honest and deep experience <3
Julkaistu 25. heinäkuu.
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I have mixed feelings about this game. Well, this is not really a game, more like an interactive story. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who's suffering from depression, so yes, beware of trigger. The storyline is very depressing and it will probably make you feel more helpless and hopeless as the story progresses on.

+ Powerful progression of story. It tells you why the character felt what he did and how the world crumbled around him.
+ Gives you an inkling to what suicidal thoughts would do to a person.
+ It will give you some points to ponder.

- Very, very, very text heavy. If you don't like reading, don't buy this game.
- Absolutely no replay value (though I'm unsure why anyone would want to go through the story twice).
- Only an hour plus long (though it certainly feels longer than that).

The developer has a (bleak) message to send through to his audiences. And I think he did a great job at that.
Julkaistu 13. heinäkuu.
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For most of Actual Sunlight, you'll read Evan Winter's words in a cringing way. What he writes is awful but has glimpses of truth. Lost in his own internal fantasies, he crushes himself and others in an internal, negative monologue which overlays his world. Like so many of us, he attemptes to sate the emptiness inside with electronics, video games, and alcohol -- only to find the next day that he is still himself, he is still full of unrealized dreams, and he is no step closer to happiness.

What is maddening about Actual Sunlight is that we never see a positive glimmer. There is only a suffocating blanket of despair and self-loathing, which extends to every object and person in Evan's world. He is an estranged being who never grew into the ideals gently and lovingly given to children, that concept of being able to be whoever you want. Even feels entitled to a better life, but he makes no effort to get it. His dreams flop uselessly inside him, and the rage builds.

The game ends crushingly. There is no redemption, no change, no hope. If this game is attempting to be a message encouraging others to not let their lives fold out like Evan's, it missed the mark somewhere. I have never before played a game that seemed to justify suicide, and I would never, ever recommend another person play it.
Julkaistu 3. heinäkuu.
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Well-written, but depressing and kind of pointless. It gets the message across pretty well, but I'm not sure it's a message I needed to hear.
Julkaistu 30. kesäkuu.
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To be honest, I find it difficult to deny this project (it's not a game in any modern-day sense of the word) a healthy recommendation. But after "playing" it for over an hour, I feel like I can't do otherwise. Actual Sunlight zooms in on the themes of depression, suicide and the feelings of loneliness and uselessness in a very, very direct way, hitting one straight in the face time after time after time. It does so alsmost exclusively by using text, text one has to scroll through by hitting enter again and again and again. There's not much more "gameplay" except for walking around your depressive character in a generic environment and talking to objects and people. This triggers ... more text ofcourse. Whole the time, one gets confronted with ideas and opinions about how bad/gross modern society is to its core.

Now I don't have a problem with text-based games as such - back in the 1980's several excellent games were text-based -, but the actual texts used here, and the way the different themes are handled, is really too grim and too "in-your-face" for me. Having experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide quite recently, I could hardly bear playing this. Themes like these presented in such a direct way as here, should imo be the subject of therapy-sessions in a well cared-for, safe environment. To punch this through one's throat as it's being done here, may help in making a point, but it's not healthy for the ones playing or rather reading it.... So be careful, I guess, and try this one at your own risk.

Gameplay: 10/30
Graphics: 5/20
Sound: 5/10
Longelivety: 4/10
Technical/stability: 7/10
Personal appreciation: 5/10 (it does take some courage to make a "game" like this)

Overall: 36/100
Julkaistu 21. elokuu.
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