The simplicity to create game events and how Scirra included elements for the most common 2D game genres, like platformers and top-down shooters, make this tool an incredible starting point for any aspiring Game Developer.
In this post I will give you the basics to start your first games with Construct 2, and in future posts we will build on this to get a deeper understating of the tool and pave your way to publish your amazing games in the Windows Store.
I will be creating some simple starter kits to help you create new games, like this one:
To start you will need to download Construct 2, you can do that at Scirra’s page:
After you install the program you will be welcomed with initial screen where you can create your new project:
You are offered several options including an empty project or several templates of well-known genres like vertical space shooters, driving games or platformers:
To get you more excited I recommend you to use a template, like the platformer one, so you get an idea of how things look and the possible results you can achieve in a few hours.
You can also check the different examples included in the Scirra installer that should be located in your computer in a location similar to this:
C:\Program Files\Construct 2\examples
You have there over 82 examples with different kinds of games and common problems faced by Game Devs, and you can use them to start your own.
Another amazing source of information is the compendium of tutorials created by Scirra and the Construct 2 community:
The following screenshot was taken from the project Space Blaster, included in the examples folder:
The main areas of this interface are:
The aspect of the event sheet is this:
You can see that all the game logic is represented visually which makes it easier to change and tune every aspect of the game.
Some of these links will be quite helpful when you start working with Construct 2:
How to Make a Platform Game
Supporting Multiple Screen Sizes
Physics in Construct 2
Upload a Game
One of the elements that you can include in your game is the Windows 8 Object that allows you to integrate better with our platforms.
Some of the advantages you will receive are:
In future posts we will check some starter kits and different aspects of Construct 2.