I made a full game in a game creation software called Scirra Construct 2. The problem is, it doesn't work for me on the Amazon Fire TV, my target platform.
By the way, the Amazon Fire TV is a game console similar to Ouya, and a video player. In theory, it should be very similar to an Amazon Kindle and runs the same OS (a slightly modified version of Android), just with a gamepad hooked up. You would think so anyway.
So anyway, at the rate it took for the right people to fix problems with the Ouya for Scirra Construct 2, I would have to wait maybe 8 months.
I'm not against rebuilding my entire game in another engine. And normally I wouldn't even care if said engine costs me money. The problem is, many complete game creation softwares charge you the money upfront before you can export to Android-based systems. Which means I would be paying without knowing for sure it will work on the Fire TV.
I'm currently at a loss on what to do. One thing I want is great performance. And my game is just in 2D, so maybe a 2D framework would be better.
I have a Game Maker license, but I would have to pay $199 for the Android exporter. However, with Game Maker, I'm 80% sure the game will work on Fire TV. I don't care much for Game Maker anymore though. No offense but some things about it seem primitive (haven't been updated in years).
Then there is something called Stencyl. I'm a little more skeptical of it, as I always am with things I haven't really tried. An appropriate license to it will also cost me $199.
Or... I could just stick with Scirra Construct 2 and buy a tablet, which is something I think my game could work with. Then port my game to that. After all, I was able to get my game running on the Fire TV but Gamepad controls wouldn't work.
Anyway, I doubt I'm going to find what I'm looking for without throwing a lot of money (buying game creation softwares) or an exponential amount of time (coding it from scratch when I don't necessarily need that level of control), but you never know.