[quote=“Lurker, post:1, topic:1220”]Hi, whats a good game engine for a first time game maker? Iv always wanted to make a game but really don’t know where to start. Game maker and Stencyl feel a bit weird and off. I have a lot of experience and feel very confident using Java but iv only used it to record data, for mathematical programs, or for school ect. What is a engine I could consider using and that you guys would recommend?
I think the first thing that you need to ask yourself is what type of game do you want to try and make? For instance, if you wanted to make a text-based game, there’s plenty of engines already available out there that would be better suited for that, like Twine. If you wanted to make a graphical game, you have things like RPGMaker or stuff built for standard languages like Java or C. If you wanted to make a browser game, there’s things like CanvasJS, Flash, etc… And so on.
If this is your first time, I’d recommend messing around with a text-based game, since those tend to be the easier games to deal with. It’ll help you understand some of the broader points of game design, get your feet wet a little with some of the challenges in making a game, and maybe help you figure out what type of game you’d ultimately like to make (and how realistic that goal is). As to which technology to use, depends on how complicated you want it to be. I messed around with most of the industry standard text-based engines, but ultimately playing with them yourself will give you the best idea of how they feel to you.