Construct 2 vs Stencyl: The ultimate showdown

Discussion and feedback on Construct 2

Post » Tue May 31, 2016 8:06 am

I've been working with Stencyl for a year and I love it; but HTML5 is still a beta feature over there and that's going to be very important for me very soon. So can anyone who has experience with both please let me know your opinions on which is better and any difficult things to watch out for in construct.

Also I'm a mac user who'd have to switch over. How difficult would that be?

Arcade game
http://www.stencyl.com/game/play/34240

Welcome to the bikiniverse
http://www.stencyl.com/game/play/34059
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Post » Tue May 31, 2016 9:01 am

The short answer: Construct 2 is over-all more powerful, but perhaps not as "easy" to use... Stencyl effectively makes "coding" much easier by practically eliminating syntax issues, where C2 can be a little more, fussy, at times.

Basically, the learning curve of C2 is a little more difficult in the long-term, but the achievable results are, in my humble opinion, a lot better.

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Post » Tue May 31, 2016 10:03 am

Thanks for your reply. That's not really a problem for me, I can deal with fussy. I think my major problem is going to be making it run on a mac.
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Post » Tue May 31, 2016 1:25 pm

one simple word. construct.

i've tried stencyl but it's nowhere near as good as c2.
Sea Monsters template - Isometric
Also includes 40 pages PDF of optimizations and "how-to" for your games, and how the "sea monsters" template was built. Follow link for details :)

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Post » Tue May 31, 2016 1:57 pm

When ever I test a new Engine , I replicate something from my Engine that I'm using and then note the differences . Personal preference plays a large role and everyone has things that encourage and nags at them , Construct 2 is not perfect but improving all the time..........try it , you might like it...
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Post » Tue May 31, 2016 1:58 pm

Definitely Construct 2.

I've used both.. Stencyl is still focused on the outdated Flash and creating a game with Stencyl can still be laggy. However, I did have great success with Stencyl as you can read the link below.


http://community.stencyl.com/index.php/ ... 452.0.html
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Post » Tue May 31, 2016 3:00 pm

Thanks for your replies. As Construct 2 is much cheaper than even the teacher's license for stencyl, I think I'm going to look in to making a switch, as soon as I finish my current project.
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Post » Tue May 31, 2016 3:43 pm

Construct 2 for sure. It's easier to use, updated frequently, powerful and has a great UI, cheaper, etc.. Before you buy it give the free version a go and follow @granpa 's advice to recreate the same thing in C2 you made in Stencyl.

Your biggest problem will be running it on MAC. You'll have to use a VM software to do that. Construct 3 will support MAC, but it's still a long way off, so don't wait for that.
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Post » Tue May 31, 2016 6:50 pm

Message: 88josh can only post plain text URLS until they have 500 rep. 1 URLS modified. Why?
I'm curious: are the games in the arcade section of this webpage HTML5 then?

Glerikud: hurts me to say it because i really enjoy stencyl, but i got some lag and low FPSs even with really basic stuff. It may well be the case that it was due to my lack of programming knowledge, but then as stencyl is made for beginners, I would have expected it to be a little simpler or that those things would be taken care of. It may well be the case that construct 2 has the same problems.

I'm going to take this opportunity to share my game (work in progress). I'll probably finish it in stencyl, it would be too much work to start again with construct 2 now. Link: http://www.stencyl.com/game/play/34059
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Post » Tue May 31, 2016 9:35 pm

88josh wrote:It may well be the case that construct 2 has the same problems.

Do some tests yourself and see how Construct 2's performance fits your needs: https://www.scirra.com/construct2/releases/r227

You might also want to check out this topic, it lists several big games made with Construct 2:
examples-of-big-games-in-c2_t171657?&hilit=steampowered

If you run into performance problems, then the manual (and the community) are here for you:
https://www.scirra.com/manual/134/performance-tips
https://www.scirra.com/manual/183/memory-usage
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