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Depression Quest
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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Dec 4, 2013 @ 12:04pm
Jan 7 @ 11:34am
Description
Release date: Valentine's Day, 2013
Depression Quest is an award-winning 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.

We would like to put it on Steam for free, to help spread awareness and reach out to as many people as possible.

Play it now at www.depressionquest.com

Official Selection - Indiecade 2013
Winner - Best Narrative Game - Boston FIG
Winner - Best in Category - Mass DiGi
Honorable Mention - Mozilla GameOn Competiton

Features:
  • 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.
  • Five endings. See how your choices affected the game's world, and how well you've dealt with 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.

"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." - Patrick Klepek, Giantbomb

"Similarly, content that addresses the complex and nuanced issues regarding mental illness and stigma, such as Depression Quest, should be lauded as providing something beneficial, in that users gain insight and understanding with stigma reduction as a consequence" - Ian Mahar, Kotaku

"Depression sufferers often have precious little motivation, and in Depression Quest, you must try to manage your motivation level as you progress through the situations the game presents you with; as your motivation declines, options become grayed out and unavailable. Depression Quest makes use of imagery that changes depending on your depression level, and has a soundtrack by Isaac Schankler, who composed the music for the well-regarded narrative-driven game Analogue: A Hate Story." - Carolyn Petit, Gamespot

"The new interactive fiction game from Zoe Quinn, Patrick Lindsey and Isaac Schankler begins with a quote from David Foster Wallace and a warning. Both of them tightened the knot in my stomach and made me feel a little less sure of myself. I decided that now is not the time to click ‘Begin’. I’ve never lived with depression, at least not my own, but I’ve experienced it through others and know that at least one of those people would be extremely anxious but hopeful when faced with that button. This is ‘game’ as communication, comfort and tool of understanding. " - Adam Smith, Rock Paper Shotgun
Popular Discussions View All (19)
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Jul 7 @ 2:15am
Can this be counted as a game?
Araña
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Jun 16 @ 12:51am
I just played this for the first time.
makatakaba
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Feb 25 @ 1:22pm
Translation?
freezing_rain
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Alexandre Paiva Jul 2 @ 10:05pm 
When is this game coming to Steam? Can't wait to buy it.
Dragonslayer56 Jul 2 @ 7:12pm 
I found this game from a youtube video ranting about all the hate this got. It looks like an amazing game though.
JimHash Jun 25 @ 2:05pm 
epic
[Co'Di] Fettpool Jun 24 @ 9:06am 
i have played it on its website and it is a really good game/ story and i would totally buy it if it was on steam
udienowplz Jun 21 @ 4:27am 
And as bullshit as it is be sure to try to see past the hostility that comes in this industry. I'm not gonna be the guy that says "You have to put up with this kind of criticism." because that's totally insane to think such attitude is so. But even Phil Fish ended up leaving due to the widespread hatred, and it's really concerning when it came from a subculture that would normally shun behaviour like that.
udienowplz Jun 21 @ 4:16am 
I'm glad you got to this point with your game, I hope it brings you the satisfaction that it deserves. People can be quick to shoot something down that tackles something so personal to them. What they don't realise is that depression is different for everyone because they can only view the problem from within themselves. This is just one person's interpretation of it, and it feels as though the author may want to find comfort in being able to tackle it this way.

And if that's true, kudos for getting past that hurdle. Otherwise, kudos.
SwitchBlade_Doll Jun 20 @ 11:35pm 
Y'know, I came to this game expecting this to be something autobiographal, pretentious and outright boring. But while I may not have depression, there's a lot about this character I can strongly relate to.
It starts off as pretty "meh" and I skimmed some of it, but I honestly have to admit, once that kitten came into my life, I was actually quietly cheering myself (even a fist-pump, man,) and the more I play, the more I think it really demonstrates how living with depression, or perhaps a similar situation can be a struggle. I kind of purposely played in a more motivated direction, but there were times where I was literally stumped as to what option would be "right", and there are moments in the game that reminded me of my own days where I surprise my own expectations about myself.
I heard the creator of this faced some cruelty over the simplicity of the game, but honestly, the gameplay isn't exactly far from being classified as a similar genre to that of "Long Live The Queen".
Pixelz306 Jun 16 @ 9:23am 
@Robo You make a good point. This really is too short and lacking in gameplay to make it a proper game, or make up for it's shortcomings.
edd0 Jun 16 @ 8:57am 
It's a game worth experiencing. There's an odd disconnect that I get, between decision-making for the game's depressed character and being unable to select choices that I would make personally. So it feels more like advising the character rather than playing him directly. Which, I feel, is a good decision by the author: when you're trying to help a depressed person, you can only throw them a rope and hope they are willing to climb out.
AustNerevar Jun 15 @ 5:12pm 
Sooo....when is this game coming to Steam?