If I had to vote, I’d pick Construct as one of my all-time favorite freewares. I’m not going to get into the whole Game Maker-vs-Contruct-vs-Everything Else debate; each to his own. However, while I haven’t officially made a completed game in Construct, I HAVE poked around . . . .and what I saw was an incredibly powerful game creator that’s leagues ahead of all the other freeware.
Anyway. I was pleasantly surprised to see Construct 2 on the spiffy website Scirra has got up and running. And they’re offering the new Construct free as well. Splendid job, folks! The free version has got a few limitations, such as only 4 layers [think RMXP], but overall it’s a splendid offer for a high-level HTML5 game creation package. Have a look for yourself:
Now here it gets a bit titchy. The free version is magic: hell, it’s free. The early adopter price is a promotion offer, but even at retail price that Standard offer is a steal, especially for the money-impaired [read: poor] folks like Yours Truly. The business edition is, however, NOT that great, considering Game Maker prices its own HTML 5 tool at $99. I’m not going to run up a lengthy comparison of both these softwares; I’ve used too little of both to be qualified.
Onwards. My exploration led me to the Construct forums, where I naturally dug around for good games to put up on Indiegraph. Not much, I’m afraid: most of it’s tech demos. They’re very powerful tech demos, but it appears to me that few developers have sat down to finish a piece of work with Construct. I’m not passing judgement: every tool has a similar phase. As least Contruct, from the day of release, has been recognized as being pretty powerful – unlike Game Maker, who’s first incarnation was cast off as a “programmer’s toy”.
Bear in mind that Scirra has already released the DX-9 based Construct [Contruct Classic] as completely free, open-source product. Given the power of the original Construct [which came out-of-the box with features like DX9 rendering and Xbox controller support], one can quite honestly expect Construct 2 to make some serious ripples in the game development world. For certain I’m going to have a good poke around. I recommend you do, too.
And now for that download button!