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 gets up, takes her knickers off, throws them in the bin and picks up another pair off the floor. Comfort rises and the tolerance bar shrinks.
Nula's sat at her laptop in the sitting room. ‘I hope these unspeakable platitudes find you well', she murmurs, ‘please' (oh, please God) ‘find the files attached'. She signs off ‘kind' no ‘warm', no, ‘kind regards, Nula', and clicks send.
The room is cosy. On one side of the room is a painting of Alex riding a horse naked through an open plan office (signed by Nula).
On a shelf in the corner are a number of books including, ‘Infinite Gestation', by Marlene Sprigs, ‘A Loin Unstirred', by Einar Guðmundur, and ‘Dunstable Bound' by Stella Smythe.
There's one vinyl record, a single by Dirk Jennings ‘Sad Sad Country Songs'.
Add ‘-opensleeve' to the URL to pull the record down from the shelf.