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Depression Quest (2013) is a narrative game about dealing with depression. You play the story of a someone suffering from depression and their attempts to deal with their condition. With emotive still images and atmospheric music that responds to your mood, you read about various situations and make choices about how to respond.

Play involves helping your character through daily life, encounters at work and relationship with their girlfriend. As you progress you are offered various treatments for depression. Over time you face choices that alter the story. Unusually, choices are often crossed out and unavailable, depending on your mental state in the game. Often the logical right answer in not be available just when you need it.

As you play you can track your state of mine through a series of statements about your character that indicate their level of depression, whether or not they are in therapy, and whether or not they are currently on medication.

The game aims to create greater understanding about depression. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline receives part of the proceeds.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Depression Quest 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Communication game with Narrative and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 45 minutes and 2 hours to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

 
This game has helped players develop their Belief and Experience as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 21-year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

Depression Quest

Steam Store PC Free
Steam Store Mac Free
Steam Store PC Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/02/2013

Price: Free

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Communication (Narrative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Text

Developer: Unburnt Witch (@UnburntWitch)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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