Construct

Construct

Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.91
  • Total Downloads:
    2,821
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 12, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    15.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #48 in IDE Software

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5 stars

"Best, Simple and yet most Indepth game maker."

March 14, 2008  |  By Barri167

 |  Version: Construct 0.91

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4 stars

"Best game-creation program"

March 12, 2008  |  By SupahVee

 |  Version: Construct 0.91

Pros

Accessibility, difficulty.

Cons

Issues, glitches.

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5 stars

"A good choice for the beggining game designer."

March 12, 2008  |  By therealdeadeye

 |  Version: Construct 0.91

Pros

Construct's strengths lie in two main areas: power, and ease of use. For the beginning game designer or hobbyist game maker interested in creating 2D games there really is no better choice out there. Construct makes it easy to begin creating hardware-accelerated, DirectX 9 driven games right away. It's event coding system is logical and easy to understand, but flexible enough to create complex interactions with all of your game objects. And for the advanced game developer there is integrated Python scripting.

There are also many built-in functions that allow the designer to get a jump-start on making specific types of games, such as a solid platform engine, vehicle movement, and even a 2D physics engine. Creating game art is as easy as using the built-in image editor or importing your own artwork into backgrounds or sprite animations.

Another great feature is the price... free. Not only is Construct a great tool for developing games, but it offers features that aren't even available with some of the more popular paid game-creation software. You'd be hard pressed to find a comparable product that has the same perks for less than a hundred dollars. I've tried a few similar programs - Game Maker, Multimedia Fusion 2, and Torque - and they don't stand up. While Torque has more power behind it, Construct is still superior in the ease of use department. MMF2 is over $150 and lacks scripting and modularity of code, and Game Maker just doesn't have the power.

Cons

Currently Construct is in beta. Some parts of Construct aren't feature-complete, and there are still bugs here and there. Nothing that could harm your computer, but it can be frustrating at times. Still, the developers are releasing new builds and bugfixes at a steady rate, so if you don't mind a little beta-testing then I encourage you to become an early adopter.

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5 stars

"A great tool, useful for those who don't want to learn a programming language."

March 11, 2008  |  By Gullible

 |  Version: Construct 0.91

Pros

Construct is great. It runs on fairly low-end systems - I have heard tell of it running on a P3 - and supports all kinds of effects, movements, and best of all it's open source. The Python scripting is really just a cherry on the cake.

For all the little flaws, Construct is definitely worth at least looking into. It has a collection of pixel shader 2.0 effects, but if you want your games to run on sub-2.0 systems they can be disable literally just by saying they should be, and only for when the system is sub-2.0. It's very backwards-compatible in that respect. The planned SDL implementation is really going to put this program through the roof in terms of usefulness.

Cons

It's still a little buggy, but it's being updated constantly. There's generally very few bugs which will actually interrupt your workflow - I've only ever had a single crash, and I know exactly why (it was my fault too). Unfortunately, it's only really 2D as of yet, but with SDL planned in the future that's likely to change.

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What's new in version 0.91
Version 0.91 includes unspecified updates.
General
Publisher Scirra
Publisher web site http://www.scirra.com/
Release Date March 12, 2008
Date Added March 12, 2008
Version 0.91
Category
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory IDE Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 15.23MB
File Name Construct09997_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,821
Downloads Last Week 5
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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