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Depression Quest
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Dec 4, 2013 @ 12:04pm
Jan 26, 2016 @ 7:48pm

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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
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Pup-kin Apr 21, 2021 @ 10:02pm 
@Metal Neon
It is a lie. People don't hate this game because a woman made it, people hate this game because it's poorly developed, has no effort put into it, and misinforms players about depression.
The developer herself is also known for driving the head developer of Night in the Woods to suicide by accusing him of assault without any proper evidence which there is proof of her doing. That only intensified the hatred.
Nunchuck Sep 11, 2019 @ 7:21am 
You're a fucking murderer
Highfax Feb 19, 2015 @ 10:12am 
Clem Dec 5, 2014 @ 3:42am 
This is nice. Will you be making more?
Mhovi7coolhero Aug 2, 2014 @ 5:52am 
in spanish, pls :(
fullmetal5550 Jul 29, 2014 @ 9:00pm 
Wish this would arrive on Steam already. I want to buy it.
emptyhaven Jul 29, 2014 @ 4:57am 
Thank you for this game..
Metal Neon Jul 18, 2014 @ 11:06pm 
I wish that was a lie, but sadly, it happenes, thanks to sexist assholes
Metal Neon Jul 18, 2014 @ 11:04pm 
People are bashing it because they're sexist and hate who made the game just because it was developed by a girl
KnightCC™ Jul 18, 2014 @ 4:40pm 
It is a good game, I don't know why people are bashing it. Games are meant to simulate experiences, something that this game does expertly.