App description: It's a game you can play with one hand or two
And it plays like a NEBULOUS dream.
BLOCKMAN retrieves the Pearls of Blockoo
And evades the Scoundrels of Freem.

It grows more engaging the more that you play.
You'll be glad you bought it, for sure.
If you feel in high spirits and want a fun day,
Please purchase our app from this store.

BLOCKMAN secures his leverage by
Surface-attractions electro
-Static! For the price of one beverage, why,
Please consider NEBULA RETRO!


Nebula Retro includes customisable controls. After choosing one of the default styles, individual buttons can be repositioned however you like.

The included control styles are:

* Classic Nebula Retro 4-button mode for one hand or two, wherein one button is used at once.

* The standard 3-button mode that everyone is used to (directional buttons on the left, jump button on the right), for use with two hands. In this case, two buttons can be used simultaneously.

Nebula Retro is an unearthly caper with a stylish space-age theme and cool music! It is an escapade in the tradition of ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 games from the golden age of the '80s! The simplicity of Nebula Retro belies a sophisticated physics engine, super-smooth animation and pixel-perfect touch controls, making the game enjoyable and satisfying -- the perfect recipe for casual play!

Levels are fully editable: as soon as you conquer a level, you can edit it. If you finish the game (Good luck to you!), you can add your own levels too. There is no limitation. Nebula Retro is almost infinitely expandable. In future updates we will add more levels and provide ways to share levels with your friends.

Game Features:

* 26 built-in levels (+ see below)
* Realistic physics engine
* Squash baddies with falling crates
* Antigravity & Rocket boost
* Touch-sensitive platforms
* Edit existing levels (once conquered) and design new ones
* Three graphics modes: Space, Xmas and 8-bit
* 4 ambient/techno soundtracks for a cool, spacey feeling!

simpleinteractive's comments:
Dear All

I'm pleased to announce the release of Nebula Retro, my first iOS game.

Nebula was inspired by the platform games I used to enjoy as a child, in particular by Manic Miner, a very popular game for ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 released in the early 1980s. If you look closely at the first level in Nebula, you will see a slight similarity to level one of Manic Miner: "Central Cavern"!

Nebula Retro also has full level editor so you can edit a level as soon as you've completed it. You can also play the level while editing so you can test jumps etc "online".

There is also an "8-bit" mode (options > graphics) where you can select Atari 2600 style graphics (see one of the screenshots)

I look forward to your feedback! Here are some promo codes:


11-08-2013, 07:31 AM
@simpleinteractive : users who download the game with promo code can't give reviews on appstore as far as I remember. Anyway, cool game! Congrats!
11-08-2013, 08:34 AM
Originally Posted by phongtt View Post
@simpleinteractive : users who download the game with promo code can't give reviews on appstore as far as I remember. Anyway, cool game! Congrats!
But please leave impressions or a review here

11-21-2013, 07:55 AM
Implemented landscape/scrolling and better controls

Dear All

In response to your advice (many thanks!) I've now added an option to play the game in landscape mode with scrolling. I've also allowed the user to manually reposition the controls as needed.

Here is a video of how it works


I will upload to the App Store shortly...

Last edited by simpleinteractive; 11-21-2013 at 08:13 AM.
12-04-2013, 04:27 AM
Updated on App Store

Following your comments you should now have a new version of Nebula Retro. Please check for updates. The improvements are:

* Can play in landscape mode (with scrolling)
* Can manually position controls
* ZX Spectrum fonts!

Please let me know how you get on!
12-04-2013, 04:48 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
Posts: 10,236
Think its better but the jumping is still messed up.

I mean if theres a gap on the right i should just be able to press right and then jump. Instead theres two jump buttons, jump left/jump right, and to jump over the gap i have to press jump right, then right as well as its a wide gap.

Its good you can play landscape and adjust the controls but look at the 1000's of platformers out there. Theres just one jump button, just like manic miner/sonic/mario, you should simply press right and then jump, not jump and then right.

Think you have to solve that issue 100%
12-04-2013, 11:39 AM
Well at least going in the right direction!

I intend to add a 3 button control option in the next release (and probably make this the default for iPhone). I thought about doing it on this release but the landscape/scrolling thing took longer than I thought so I decided to get this release out as soon as possible.

So I will have these as defaults:

iPhone, iPod: Landscape, 3 button, controls split
iPad: Portrait, 4 button, controls split

Of course the user can change however s/he likes.

I hope you will also try the Christmas graphics!
12-04-2013, 12:16 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
Posts: 10,236
Thanks. Really look forward to those new controls.
12-18-2013, 08:26 AM
Next version on its way!

I've uploaded a new version to Apple with option for 3-button controls (left, right, jump). The new release features improved graphics and a host of improvements! Look out for it!
12-23-2013, 03:59 AM
It's here. Nebula Retro with 3 button controls

I'm delighted to announce the latest release of Nebula Retro. I have implemented 3 button controls (left/right/jump) as an option so please try these out. The graphics has also been much improved as you can see. Please try the game (again) and let me know how you get on

Here's the app store link

Last edited by simpleinteractive; 12-23-2013 at 04:19 AM.

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