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Depression Quest
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Dec 4, 2013 @ 12:04pm
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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.

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

  • 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 (24)
Sep 5, 2014 @ 3:51pm
Can this be counted as a game?
Dec 31, 2014 @ 11:24pm
To the Dev.
Widdly Scuds
Sep 12, 2014 @ 11:39am
I just played this for the first time.
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FLUDD Mar 5 @ 9:23pm 
By the way, five endings? Is each based on a guy you sleep with?
FLUDD Mar 5 @ 9:19pm 
I was banned for admittedly pretty vulgar stuff on the forums. Let's be honest here, under different circumstances, this would have just been another failed Greenlight items. It's been proven, it failed twice without change to my knowledge. Here's how it played out: She fucked 5 men in the industry, clear conflict of interest, her ex spoke out and attention was gained, shitty tumblr users jumped on the bandwagon and thought she's some sort of opressed women who made a "sensitive" game about their "feelings". What the fuck? I saw this on Greenlight way back, I just thought it looked stupid and voted down, and I had no idea it would matter so much. I was surprised such drama happened over My Name is Addiction and that looked waaay better than this. This is just absurd.
TropiKo 鬼 Feb 19 @ 2:43am 
Real devs can take criticism and don't censor the fuck out of their audience.
TropiKo 鬼 Feb 19 @ 2:42am

What a giant cunt, I like how she calls herself a developer when all she did was milk attention from a controversial subject and make a shitty text "adventure" that like many here have said almost mocks depression.
Harry Head Nov 11, 2015 @ 8:02pm 
Awful, It almost mocks people with real depression.
MiG-21bis Fishbed-L Aug 11, 2015 @ 12:06am 
I sure could go for a hamburger
zombie May 14, 2015 @ 3:37am 
what is it?
Gryphus Apr 26, 2015 @ 4:06pm 
Such emotion. Much storyline. Very depressive.
What kind of mongoloid made this?
Drozycoder Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:26pm 
what the fuck is this shit, how did it make it past greenlight....
holy shit it is bad.
P e p s i Mar 27, 2015 @ 6:33am 
"Award Winning"