About & Reviews


“I know what you’re thinking: Why keep getting up, day in and day out, even though your life is going nowhere?”

Actual Sunlight is a short interactive story about love, depression and the corporation.

The game puts you in the role of Evan Winter, a young professional in Toronto, as he moves through three distinct periods of his life. The story is linear, unavoidable and (hopefully) thought-provoking. You experience his perceptions, fall under the consequences of his decisions, and meet everyone who didn’t change him.

Gameplay is minimal, and serves only to move from one part of the (admittedly) text-heavy story to the next. The game fiercely attempts to be worth it.

Actual Sunlight is not appropriate for children. It features mature themes and an adult-workplace amount of profanity. And it does so immediately.

Media Archive


Site Article
Abnormal Mapping Refraction
Agency and Action The case of Actual Sunlight.
Battle Misfit Review: Actual Sunlight
BigSushi.fm Podcast Episode 125: Actual Sunlight
Bits Positive The importance of audience: Actual Sunlight and Depression Quest
BlankmanINC Actual Sunlight
BuzzFeed “Gaming’s First Depression Simulator”
CheatMasters “If you’re single, living alone, and trying to make it in life, then you will get what Actual Sunlight is trying to say.”
Daily Dot Battling depression through video games
Digital Love Child An Actual Discussion About Actual Sunlight
Diehard Gamefan Review: Actual Sunlight (PC)
GameSpot Light in the Darkness: Dealing With Depression in Games
GameZebo Review – Actual Sunlight
Game Grin Actual Sunlight Review
Game Podunk Review – Actual Sunlight
Gamerscape Actual Sunlight: Depression, Repetition, Life and You
Gather Your Party Storytelling in Videogames: Actual Sunlight
An Interview with Will O’Neill
Good Game Review: Actual Sunlight
GoPlayThat QuickPlay: Actual Sunlight
Honest Gamers Honest Gamers Review
Hooked Gamers Depression: A Story Well Known
Indie Games “Actual Sunlight: an excellent free game and a worthy IndieGoGo cause”
IndieGameMagazine “Every so often a title like Actual Sunlight comes along, handling weighty topics with assured confidence and making us realize how impactful the gaming medium can be.”
Indie Game Reviewer A Conversation With Actual Sunlight Dev Will O’Neill
Innerspace – SPACE Network InnerSpace: Actual Sunlight
Kambyero Review: Actual Sunlight
Kill Screen “Will O’Neill explores darkness with hope and honesty.”
Kotaku 4 Video Games That Help You Understand And Deal With Your Depression
The Biggest Challenge In This Game Is Preventing Your Character From Committing Suicide
Kotaku UK How Video Games Can Help With Depression
Kill Screen “Will O’Neill explores darkness with hope and honesty.”
Macleans Magazine In these video games, depression is the point
Lady WASD Actual Sunlight: Review
One Life Left No Continues 010 – Love
Open Book Toronto Interview: Video-Game / Fiction Hybrid Actual Sunlight
Paste Review: Actual Sunlight
Silent Killer: Mental Illness and Videogames as Therapy
Penny Arcade Very Similitude
Pixel Pacas Review
Pixels or Death Actual Marxism: Labor and Marx in Actual Sunlight
Playboy Resistance is Futile: The New Wave of Video Games About Depression
Plus Ten Damage “It’s like Bioshock!”
Polygon Patient Transcript: Actual Sunlight
Gaming’s New Frontier: Cancer, Depression, Suicide
Pulp 365 Losing Control: Destiny, Determinism, and Depression
Push Select Magazine Losing Control: Destiny, Determinism, and Depression
Rivaltide The Saddest Game You Will Ever Play
Rock, Paper, Shotgun “His hypocrisy makes him unlikeable, and yet his writing is absolutely compelling.”
“Actual Sunlight is about the possibility that things can’t change, about reaching fatal inertia.”
Shoost Actual Sunlight 3D is actually unrelentingly dark
Tamath Talks About Things “A game boldly goes where entertainment fears to tread.”
TehOwnShop Dark Side: Actual Sunlight
The Indie Mine What makes a game?
The Penny Arcade Report Depression, suicide, and a final choice that isn’t what you think: the power of Actual Sunlight
The Toronto Standard Emotional Games – Actual Sunlight
TIME Magazine Are Videogames Art?
Todd Harper Day in the Sun
TPReview “It might be the most profound and personal game I’ve ever played.”
Toronto Thumbs “It’s not often that a game makes me sit back and say ‘whoa’.”
Twinfinite Actual Sunlight – An Honest Look at a Dishonest Mind
VG 24/7 Voiceless and Forgotten: Coping With Depression Through Play
VideoGameGeek Indie Developer Focus: Will O’Neill
ZEAL Mad Games: Actual Sunlight and the value of games on mental illness


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