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Depression Quest
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Dec 4, 2013 @ 12:04pm
Sep 3, 2014 @ 4:36pm

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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)
Dec 31, 2014 @ 11:24pm
To the Dev.
Widdly Scuds
Sep 5, 2014 @ 3:51pm
Can this be counted as a game?
Sep 12, 2014 @ 11:39am
I just played this for the first time.
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"<Bombcom>" Mar 27 @ 6:33am 
"Award Winning"
Highfax Feb 19 @ 10:12am 
That is all I have to Say.
Kazuo Dec 31, 2014 @ 7:32am 
This crap doesn't need to be on here.
Vuud Dec 18, 2014 @ 3:28pm 
I like IF but if you're going to make IF at least give us the fun of a text parser! That is all I'll say about that.
Cave Dec 5, 2014 @ 3:42am 
This is nice. Will you be making more?
Svennix Nov 23, 2014 @ 8:01am 
Beat_By_A_TaLi Oct 29, 2014 @ 5:29am 
YA FOKIN' WOT M80 this is beyond idiotic. I don't even. How the fuck is this a game in the first place?
Jebediah Kerman Oct 26, 2014 @ 11:10am 
I like it how the creator thinks that she being a female made it so users will call her and "sexually harass" her (like you couldn't hang up or w/e). It's because this is not a "GAME" it's a piece of shit. It's more like some webpages linked together with a "story" or whatever. I bet if the creator was a male he would've gotten the same amount of criticism, but not sexual harassment. Why? Because when you make people angry on the internet, you NEED to expect bad things to happen to you IRL. We've seen this TIME and TIME again. An example of this would be Rebecca Black - Friday. Did the internet explode because it's a female that's singing? No. It's because the music video is utter crap. Just like this game. Angry people on the internet will try to make you feel bad IRL for wasting their time. And this is fact.
SlamJamSam Oct 18, 2014 @ 11:51am 
100% AWD