Take a walk on the thin line between hope and despair in Actual Sunlight: A short interactive story about love, depression and the corporation.
User reviews: Very Positive (274 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 3, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

"Showed at PAX East 2014 - This is one of the most powerful interactive stories concerning mental illness available. Excellent narrative design."
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Reviews

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

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

“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

About This Game

“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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
This game shows people who cannot understand a mental illness in friends and family. It gives good insight to what its like to be depressed. This is mostly a text based game, though there is little interactions through out. I enjoyed playing and reading along. Worth the buy, I only wish i could of helped evan.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
It was an interesting experience that made me a little bit uncomfortable, which was the intention of the developer, but I don't feel like the price tag was worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Very well made game, you have no choices, it ends the same every time. If you've ever had to battle with depression this game will effect you a lot. It's a sad but expected ending, a must-buy for anyone who hasn't experienced depression before or for anyone who has.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
"It's like you're drowning and asking people for help but they reply with: What's wrong? You can swim fine, you can handle it, stop drowning"

Actual Sunlight is an interactive text based short game that talks about depression. Depression is not an easy subject to discuss nor is it easy to relate to in our case. I've been exposed to the topic and have few people in my life with Clinical Depression, It was tough for me to deal with them and support them but there is no way I can imagine what they are going through. Actual Sunlight has one of these cases and from what I've been through, you know you hit rock bottom when you start contemplating suicide. That is probably the intention behind this game, to bring awareness to the whole topic.

I've been torn on whether I would recommend this game or not. There are many reasons for both in my own opinion. For example, I'd recommend it if it would raise awareness to depression and familiarize people with the topic so they can find a way to support someone before it is too late. I'd not recommend it because it is not a very engaging experience, however, that would be quite offensive to the experience on "Evan Winters". I decided I'd go with recommending it only because it is not a simple topic and I'd be happy knowing this game could spark a feeling for someone.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
I would not recommend it, though Im not saying that this is not a good game.
Let me explain.
I feel like the developers of this game want you to feel what he felt. To realise what he has been through.
I have been in a depression for 2 years, and did recognize a lot.
Though, the game didnt get me. I didnt feel any sadness, depression afterwards. While I feel like that was their goal.
I expected a lot of this game too, which is of course stupid for only 5 euros.
I would indeed recommend it, but make sure you are not sensitive for suicidal thoughts etc.
It is still a good game, and a nice storyline. The storyline just goes too fast, you dont get attached to the main character, which is a must in these games. You dont get to see his good side, which he has.
It's a good game. But not for me.
PLEASE DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME, IF YOU ARE REALLY SENSITIVE AND EASY TO BREAK DOWN.
This game does include suicidal thoughts, it's a psychological experience, and you have to be strong, without getting tackeled down by this game.
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