Construct Classic is a free, DirectX 9 game creator for Windows, designed for 2D games. It uses an event based system for defining how the game behaves, in a visual, human-readable way - you dont need to program or script anything at all. Its intuitive for beginners, but powerful enough for advanced users to work without hindrance.
Construct Classic works with big images, making this game development tool a better choice for artists and ilustrators. This tool can make your game work simplier than ever, with just a few minutes you can have a running game with good quality images and no programming. More Info »
Scirra Construct Classic have a image editor inside the program, so you can make simple sprites for your game tests before starting to polish your game assets. You can make the basics of your project and test the gameplay before the end product.