Nula: Butterflies Rise is a decision-making game that explores the experience of living with anxiety.
Inspired by puzzle adventure games of the early 90s like Myst, the surreal comedy of Flann O'Brien, and the author's experience of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Nula creates an immersive textual experience, an insight into the daily struggle anxiety can be.
Nula checks her knickers, and they are wet.
DID I REMEMBER EVERYTHING?
WHAT IF SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENED AFTER?
WHAT DID I DO?
I KNOW I CATASTROPHISE, BUT THE BODY DOESN'T LIE.
DOES IT? THE BODY DOESN'T LIE.
WHY AM I WET? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
I CAN'T TELL ANYONE. I CAN'T TELL ANYONE. I CAN'T TELL ANYONE. I CAN'T TELL ANYONE.
There's a huge swell of Butterflies. It rises into panic. There's a bottle of rum on the bedside table. Nula takes a big glug. The panic peaks, but it seems like there's no way out.
Have another glug of the rum?