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16 Great Games Like Depression Quest

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Depression Quest and have found the following:

Depression Quest 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.

Unfortunately, Depression Quest is not available on Android, Mac, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2013

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Unburnt Witch (@UnburntWitch)

Players: 1

Costs: Free

13 Hand Picked Video Games Like Depression Quest

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Depression Quest. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Depression Quest, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Lake

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 01/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Gamious (@Gamious)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lake is a narrative adventure where you play Meredith Weiss on a career break in 1986 while she returns to her hometown and ends up delivering the mail. As you talk to locals, meet up with old school friends and even fan a few romantic flames from your...

Night in the Woods

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 10/01/2017, updated in 2017

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Night In The Woods (@NightInTheWoods)

Players: This is a single-player game

Night in the Woods follows college dropout Mae Borowski returning home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. But the place is different now her friends have grown and changed. There’s something suspicious happening in the nearby...

Adventures With Anxiety

Release Date: 10/12/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Ncasenmare (@Ncasenmare)

Players: This is a single-player game

Adventures With Anxiety is a mini-adventure where you play, as a red dog who is the inner protective voice of a young person. Your role is to guard them against danger, although as you do you cause them anxiety in different ways.

She Dreams Elsewhere

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Studio Zevere (@StudioZevere)

Players: This is a single-player game

She Dreams Elsewhere is a surreal adventure. You explore the dreams and real life of Thalia, an anxiety-ridden, comatose woman on a journey to confront the nightmares preventing her from awakening.

Fractured Minds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/11/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Emily M Games (@EmilyMGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Fractured Minds is a short game that explores the implications of living with mental illness. It aims to promote awareness and empathy for these issues. You explore everyday spaces that behave in strange and sometimes disturbing ways. To progress, you...

Bird Alone

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Developer: George Batch (@GeorgeBatch)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bird Alone is a narrative game where you befriend a bird. Your feathered companion encourages the conversation in the direction of real life worries while you make music, draw pictures and write poetry. It’s a slow game that unfolds in real time with...

Kind Words

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/11/2019

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative and Narrative

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Popcannibal (@Popcannibal)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kind Words is unusual because of the main interaction. You write letters to real people and receive back encouraging letters in return. Set in a cosy room with soft furnishings and relaxing music, it creates a space in which to find support and...

Papo and Yo

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/08/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS3

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: We are minority (@We_are_minority)

Players: This is a single-player game

Papo & Yo pits you as a young boy, Quico, exploring a Brazilian city slum. As you solve puzzles and perform well-timed jumps to progress through the city, you must also deal with a monster – both real and metaphorically representing your alcoholic...

Neurodeck

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/04/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 28 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Tavrox Games (@TavroxGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Neurodeck is a psychological adventure game where you use life affirming cards to challenge a series of monsters in a fictional experimental treatment program. Each monster represents a phobia and offers a chance to explore your character's psyche and...

Please Knock On My Door

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 07/09/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Role-Play

Developer: GT Lime (@GTLime)

Players: This is a single-player game

Please Knock on My Door is a narrative puzzle about someone suffering from depression and social anxiety. By making choices you help them get through work and reach out to friends. But more than the mechanics of self-care, the game engages with the...

Waking

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: Jasonoda (@Jasonoda)

Players: This is a single-player game

Waking is a world exploration game where you play a character in a coma. You enter their dreams, The Mindscape, in the recesses of their mind and follow voices calling you home.

Lumi Nova: Tales of Courage

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/07/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Bf B Labs (@BfB_Labs)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lumi Nova: Tales of Courage is a role-playing game with puzzles and tasks that help 7-12 year olds deal with anxiety about different situations. You create a character in the game, explore dungeons and find treasure. Along the way characters offer...

Unwording

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Sequencing

Developer: Frostwood Int (@Frostwood_Int)

Players: This is a single-player game

Unwording is a narrative puzzle where you play Tom who is struggling with depression. You move around and look at different objects in the world. In them you see words made of blocks that you rearrange into other (often darker) words.

3 Video Games Like Depression Quest Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Depression Quest. This includes games from the Simulation and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

1 Easier Video Game than Depression Quest

If you like the sound of Depression Quest but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

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Rearrange Your Mental Furniture

We are used to books, films and radio programs challenging our assumptions on subjects. Adam Curtis, Louis Theroux and David Attenborough have powerfully used film to change perspectives and values.

Less well known is how many video games tread a similar furrow. These are games that not only tackle difficult subjects, but get beneath the usual binary perspectives to create new ways of thinking about these themes.
 

Branching Stories With Multiple Endings

All games offer you agency. You can win or lose. You can complete them or stop at any time. But there are some games that offer a story that genuinely branches. Where you end up will be different from other players. This not only makes your actions really matter but also gives you a reason to play them again.

Setting aside games that evolve through simulation, or games where once you die it's game over, these branching narrative games tell a story that ends in a certain way because of the choices you made.
 
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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