Hi there! My name is John Blackburn and this website shows all my games programming work include the games I have written and game-related programming systems I am working on. There is also a blog about AI.

My first game is "Nebula Retro" an old fashioned platform game with realistic physics. I wrote it using Gideros and it is available on many platforms. Nebula Retro is free and open source. Feel free to ask me any questions about the source code.

Game Features:

* 26 built-in levels (+ add your own!)
* Realistic physics engine
* Squash baddies with falling crates
* Anti gravity & Rocket boost
* Touch sensitive platforms
* Edit existing levels and add new ones
* Three graphics modes, Space, Xmas and 8 bit.
* 4 ambient/techno soundtracks for a cool, spacey feeling!

Nebula Retro

Please feel free to look around the site. The news section contains news about new game releases, updates and coming plans. Gideros is an open source cross-platform game engine which I am involved in developing. In December 2014 we launched a Kickstarter campaign to allow Gideros to support Windows Phone, desktop and Raspberry Pi targets in addition to iOS and Android. The core goals of this project is now successfully completed (Raspberry Pi still to come)
Longford is a Lua-based game engine I've written myself and which I've made open source. Longford was written when Gideros was closed source and I was fed up of waiting for it to get ported to new platforms like Windows Phone. Since Gideros got open sourced, with me involved as a programmer, the need for Longford is reduced. Longford is still a cool games engine -- and has the benefit of simplicity compared to Gideros -- but if you just want to write an app in Lua, I'd recommend Gideros instead. If you'd like to get involved developing Longford, please contact me.

Also on this site you will find my AI blog where I post various musing on Artificial Intelligence. If you have any comments please feel free to contact me.

STOP PRESS: In addition to iOS and Android, Nebula Retro now released for PC. The game is FREE to download: GET IT HERE.
(The game has been tested on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. Please let me know how you get on with Windows 8! Note: not compatible with Windows RT)