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Former soldier now creates his own war games.

Byline: BEN HURST Content Editor ben.hurst@trinitymirror.com ben.hurst@

A FORMER soldier and Jaguar Land Rover worker is hoping to fulfil a childhood ambition by forging a very different career developing his own computer games.

Fabian Jarrett, from Erdington, took the unusual step to go it alone in the digital world after developing a succession of games - and his latest creation is already attracting plenty of interest.

Called Woof Blaster, the game was inspired by Mr Jarrett's memories of playing on a Super Nintendo as a youngster and follows the current trend of creating retro-style games characterised by simple graphics.

The Windows/PC shooting game - which features a cartoon-style dog with a gun and jet boots - is being sold via Steam, the go-to app for downloading PC games, but Mr Jarrett had to get the thumbs-up from the gaming world before it was made available.

He said: "For my game to have got sold on Steam I first needed to get it 'greenlit' on Steam Greenlight.

"Steam Greenlight is a system that enlists the community's help in picking some of the new games to be released on Steam, which has more than 125 million active users.

"It also helps developers get feedback from potential customers and start creating an active community around their game."

Explaining the inspiration for the game and what it's about, the 26-yearold, said: "Woof Blaster is an actionpacked shooter featuring a dog with a gun and jet boots in search of a magical pizza which holds the key to becoming King of the Dog Planet.

"It involves destroying enemies with an array of weapons, power-ups and the ability to transform into different monsters such as a T-Rex that shoots rockets from its mouth. It's inspired by the carnage caused from shooting waves of enemies in Smash TV I played on the Super Nintendo as a child."

A trailer for Woof Blaster can be viewed on YouTube and the game is available from Steam to buy for PS4.99.

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