When comparing Allegro vs Blacksmith 2D, the Slant community recommends Allegro for most people. In the question“What are the best 2D game engines?” Allegro is ranked 15th while Blacksmith 2D is ranked 31st. The most important reason people chose Allegro is:
The Allegro community has produced a lot of great tutorials and resources. Allegro [Wiki](https://wiki.allegro.cc/index.php?title=Main_Page), Mike Geig's Allegro [Tutorials](http://fixbyproximity.com/2d-game-development-course/), Rachel Morris' [Tutorials](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4RqHtEAAds), CodingMadeEasy's [Tutorials](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6B459AAE1642C8B4&feature=plcp).
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Pro Supports desktop and mobile
Support for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iPhone, and Android
Pro Good engine architecture
Allegro is well designed, easy to use and has many useful features.
Pro Good documentation and lots of tutorials
Since it has been in development since mid-90s with hundreds of people contributing to both the engine and documentation, it has all of its bases covered when it comes to standard support.
Pro Per-platform library optimization
Allegro uses DirectX for Windows, and OpenGL for other targets.
Pro Freedom to implement your own game engine
You are not bound to the limits of existing game engines, and you can actually implement your own engine.
Pro Cache as bitmap
Automatically detects changes and updates bitmap cache. Allows to gain even more performance on heavy scenes and runs smoothly on old devices.
Pro Most valuable when size matters
All engine code is written in ES6, fully GCC typed, allowing to eliminate all dead code from your app.
Pro Advanced scene graph and rendering pipeline
Dirty flag tracks scene changes and avoids unnecessary calculations and context calls. If no changes were made to the scene since last frame, no rendering will be done. Battery efficient.
Pro Good performance
According to the tests on the Github page, the performance is better than in Phaser!
Pro Good and clear source code
The source code is well commented and easy to understand.
Pro Super small build size
Super small build size through dead code elimination. The best for playable ads and Facebook Instant Games.
Con Learning curve for hobbyist developers
Hobbyist developers coding alone may experience a learning curve with Allegro of about 200 hours (if you are rusty on C++). To learn quickly, see Mike Geig's tutorials at Fix By Proximity. This learning curve may be fine if you are considering going professional, but are still unsure.
For hobbyist developers not planning on going professional, you may want to look into a complete 2D game engine, rather than a coding library. For example, there are "non-coding" engines that provide support for coded plugins or scripting. But, if you are a dedicated hobbyist planning to use Allegro as your coding library of choice, you can still develop great games as a hobbyist.
Con Isn't great for C++
If you are a fan of object oriented programming, and want to use this library, then the chances are that you are going to be creating a lot of wrappers for functions in this library.
In short, if you're a C++ person, it could be recommended to check out SFML instead.
Con Small community
The project is young, so the community is extremely small.