I would suggest you to also take a look at orx (using it with scroll), I find it much more better than SFML.
Are you sure this is a good choice? I've never heard about it, and for as I can see the community isn't that big. As I see you can use INI-files for initalization and such, I guess orx is a lot bigger and harder to learn than SFML or simular libraries.
The community is small but very active, I got answers to all my questions in a day or two. The tutorials are pretty good too, I have used both pygame and SMFL and I find orx is away better than both.
If you want an example, last semester I took a course on game development lab as a special student in the college which I am graduated (CS).
We had about 5 months* to do a game, here is my result:
Personally I found that learning the ini system take some time by itself (not that much time, just be careful that the keys are case sensitive), but after you get the handle of it, you can create some special effects very, very easily (particle effects, for instance).
If you look at the video, the first arrow effect I created was the fire arrow, took me about 2 hours to learn how to use the particle system properly, all the others took me less than 5 minutes to create. The monster death effect also took me a few minutes.
That prototype have a total of 4039 lines of code and 904 lines of ini files, but I implemented somethings I didn't had to (such as lists and memory pools, which the library offer).
* Keep in mind that besides 4 hours of classes per week, I also work at a full time job (42,5 hours/week), so I didn't have that much time to work on it.
EDIT: Please notice that I am not an artist, so my effects won't be anything amazing, but that is not the engine's fault
Edited by KnolanCross, 28 March 2014 - 07:51 AM.