I normally follow that approach also, to keep it simple, but in this case, I need something very dynamic.
Yes, its a gradient fade, can be left to right or right to left etc, but with variables that we can change dynamically via events/actions. Would be great if it had similar options as the default C2 Fade, such as start, wait, fade time and "destroy on fadeout" options.
Yes it's aimed at PC/MAC. It definitely allows a lot more creative freedom than making a mobile game, particular for Android.