I should be honest that as a user from the original game creation programs (Klik n PLay, Games Factory and Multimedia Fusion) I STILL don't understand much of the crazy math used in some of these applications. I usually stick to platformers LOL.
Construct is a rather simple program to use once you are comfortable with the interference, but then again I suspect most of us here came from a background of using these programs. I wonder if you can download Games Factory, that'd be a simple nothing fancy way to get used to game creation.
Construct is like a high tech cell phone; it has millions of cool features most people won't ever use for one game, but they are there.
I'm all for helping you out man, I learned Klik n PLay and Games Factory by myself and did things the hard way. Most of it is really just logic. Another thing too, not all people are suited to program and to do art, some are meant to do just one.
I did make a simple platform example if you haven't seen it already: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=1071
I'll be glad to help, just mail me.