Instead, I'm having to learn all about the bizarre ways in which graphics are handled/split/stored, music is converted, and various snippets of ASM can and will make life totally and utterly fucking nightmarish. I don't have time to learn all this, I want to knock together graphics in a graphic format, music in a music format, and cobble them all together with a tool made for it. Also, a free one if at all possible because I don't have the money either.
Now, I reckon there should be a topic on here dicussing engines. I DON'T SEE ONE. So help me out here. What's out there, and what are the pros and cons?
I'll start off (kinda) by telling how I've been looking at E02 by Stealth.
To be honest, I was kinda impressed when I played around with the template Sonic game. It handles right, and good, and fast. It has perfect physics, and I have no problem with that. It exports for Wii and PSP (amongst others) which is a plus, too. Seems to be badass-scriptable, which is only ever good if there are decent examples - which the template game is. Whee, awesome.
Except it only supports 256 colours (not such a bad thing really) and I can't actually make head nor tail of where I'm supposed to be starting with this thing; which surprises me, because I thought I knew my way around SonEd2.
Of course this is just my limited experience dicking around for two hours without a clue, and I'm known to be an idiot who wants results NOW rather than pecking slowly at a "hello world" until I've grown a beard and FINALLY made a purple Sonic with an air-dash. I do want to know which engine is for me however, because I'll settle for a little less on the physics end if it means I can throw my existing skills into the mix instead of getting frustrated that they're not relevant yet. But I don't know jack about fangame engines, and I bet I'm not the only one.
You guys do; so if you would, pros and cons of your chosen engines, please.
(Note to mods: I thought long and hard about this topic, decided it would be helpful in the long run if it meets its desired purpose. However, feel free to chuck it in the trash at your discretion. It's all cool, brah.)