As people become more dependent on mobile devices, we want our productivity tools to follow suit. When I write a review (including this one) I don’t tether myself to a word processor locked on one computer. I use Google Docs, so I can pick up where I left off on any device I own. Along with being a capable game development tool in its own right, Construct’s cloud-connected, browser-based interface applies that same principle to 2D consumer video game development. In terms of functionality, the well-rounded Construct falls just behind GameMaker, our Editors’ Choice for consumer-friendly gave dev software.
Construct lets you develop various kinds of 2D video games, from single-player, side-scrolling platformers to arcade-style, top-down multiplayer shooters. The games may remind you of the fun little distractions you might play on Kongregate or Newgrounds. In fact, Newgrounds founder Tom Fulp praises Construct, and more than half of Kongregate's HTML5 games come from this software, facts that Construct proudly displays on its website.
Construct is the second most popular engine in the itch.io indie game marketplace, right behind the much more powerful and prominent professional tool Unity. Browse through Construct’s example games and you’ll not only see indie projects, but surprising licensed tie-ins for Teen Titans and Netflix’s The Old Guard. Big-name game publishers like EA, Sega, and Zynga also use Construct.