Software Review – Stencyl

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Welcome to another software review on Stencyl. Stencyl is a free game engine that allows people to create 2D games with either programing experience or not. It was developed by a man named Jonathan B. Chung and was released on May 31, 2011. The software allows you to export your games to Adobe Flash Player by using ActionScript 3 and Flixel 2.32. It’s mainly aimed towards young developers awaiting to excel in their future.

When I first opened Stencyl, the interface seemed sleek and clean. It had a good theme to it and a very organized layout. However, I noticed that every time I attempt to open a new tab, it can lag a bit. But, it never crashes the software. So, that’s a very good thing. Overall though, it has good interface that really pushes me away from that downfall.

Another thing that was really nice about Stencyl was the programming. Like most other software for young developers, it uses the drag and drop system or pieces of code you can fit together. But, what was unique about the programming was that you can go type it at the same time. So, as you drag pieces of code together, you can also view it as a script file to see how it was all put together. I’m not exactly sure what programming language you’ll be viewing it as. But from what I’ve heard, it’s either ActionScript 3 for Flash or Objective-C for iOS. However, this is a really nice tool since it can give you a head start in reality programming.

But, one thing that makes it really unique from other programs is StencylForge. StencylForge is a free online open-source market within the software. It offers sounds, backgrounds, codes, and other resources you can use in your project for free. This makes it easy for early developers to create their own games without worries of creating their own resources.

Overall, I think this is a really great software for young game developers. I totally recommend it to anyone out there who are determined to understand the reality of game programming. Anyways, check out the links below referencing to this post. If you have any questions, feel free to ask by leaving a comment below. Rate, comment, subscribe, and I’ll see you guys later!

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Software Review – Alice 2.3

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Welcome to a software review on Alice. Alice 2.3 is a free program aimed towards beginners and learners of programming. It’s meant to teach and help people understand the basics and concepts of programming in the real world. Such languages include Java, C++, and C#.

When I first tried Alice, I felt like I was living in the 1980s. The graphics seems old, sketchy and just out of date. I felt like quitting the program seeing it was a waste of space on my computer. But, after giving it a few tries, I eventually had fun and even a few laughs while making some animations.

Remember how I said the interface seems old and the graphics were a bit sketchy? Well, to me, that’s true. However, if you put those facts aside, you’ll see the interface is actually very useful and simple. For example, my favorite part is the object details area. It’s where you can customize your object and drag blocks of code into the methods area.

That’s another thing I like about Alice, is how easy and organized it is to drag blocks of code and piece them together. They even have some of the different statements used in actually programming. Such as if statements, while loop, and for loop. Just imagine how easy all that is!

One thing I find it really unique though from other programs is the events area. The definition is really in the name itself. There’s a sequential order of events that will happen. It’s almost like your daily that will keep going on forward and start over when it ends.

The last favorite of mine is the variety of objects it has. In other programs, you’d have to recreate the entire object. And I know how painful it could be. In Alice, it has buildings, people, small objects, and so much more. Sure, it could be a bit blurry. But I mean like, your not going to make a $5,000 game out of this. This software is meant to educate you. Not to become Executive Game Designer of EA. However, this software can help you get there.

There is only one thing that really annoys me. It’s the interface. I just can’t stand the fact of how old and outdated it looks. Sure, I guess it doesn’t really matter. Basically, it’s fine and nothing special to it. But, they should redesign the theme to make it more appealing.

That’s all for now though. Hope you guys enjoyed the review. Check out the links below for anything referencing to this post. Rate, comment, subscribe, and I’ll see you guys later!

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