Just bought my license and wanted to say hi!
I will probably be asking for help from time to time but I'd just like to say; what an excellent community - every question I have wanted to know the answer to has already been answered well and comprehensively :).
I am part of a two man team - I am the geek who likes the code and I work with an excellent artist. We're working on a 'yet to be named platformer' and can't wait to get it finished!
OK, so I just wanted to see if there are any users here have tried all the other "none coding" game packages and have similar experiences to me. This is what I have found:
Multimedia Fusion 2: Originally I thought I was going to use this but it seems old, (relatively) expensive and all the exporters seem to have big restrictions and I really want to get this game on IOS and Android.
Gamesalad: Tried it, made a game in it and it just seemed bad. I tried to make a complex game and it was impossible to keep track of what I was doing. Might be ok for simple games but really difficult to make something actually good.
Stencyl: Probably will also use this program to make shorter flash versions of the games we make. Really like it but is definitely harder to use than Construct 2 and I have yet to see a quality game made in it.
Gamemaker: I only tried the older versions of this and just never got anywhere on it. However, the new version looks like it has promise - anyone used it yet?
And finally Construct 2: Originally I thought this was HTML 5 exclusively and didn't know about Phone Gap (if thats what its called), and now the developers are integrating IOS and Android I have taken it seriously. After a few days and I would safely say it feels like MMF3, same premise as MMF2 but without all the old junk in there and some great features, I couldn't believe it when I went through the demo files and saw the particle effects.