I created the Grappling Hook game with the JMonkeyEngine 2 in 2009 and consider returning for my next project. Therefore I have fond memories of the engine, but the current website almost scared me off and I imagine it does scare of some new people, who have no past with the engine.
=== There is no proper feature list (or at least I haven’t found one on the website) ===
It looks like the JME offers only Physically Based Rendering, AppStates, Filters and Effects.
The front page doesn’t mention the level editor, terrain, bullet physics integration, nifty GUI, audio/music, animation, model importers, supported platforms, implemented shaders (SSAO, Bloom, …) …
Every engine website should have a features section:
- The libgdx feature list is bare bone, but it gives a good overview and has links for more details: libgdx
- Godot has some pictures on the list, but links to easily delve deeper are missing
- Unity has also a very bare-bone list, but it looks pretty complete
None of them are perfect, but they give a broad overview of what the engine is capable of. In my opinion the ideal feature list should come with with a nice screenshot/video for each feature and a link to delve deeper.
=== Disappointing showcase ===
The first entry in the showcase list is the PBR tutorial. This made me think “Huh, no games have been created with it in the last 11 years?” The screenshot and link of the PBR tutorial should be part of the feature list and not be part of the showcase.
After scrolling down I wondered, why the showcase only mentions so few projects that have been created with the engine.
The German JMonkey wikipedia lists 55 games: jMonkeyEngine – Wikipedia
Some of them might have been created with JME1/2, but this doesn’t matter for a showcase. The showcase is there to make people excited about the engine by showing what cool stuff has been created with it.
A compelling engines showcase would show me at the first glance 3-5 cool games (with 1 small screenshot per game).
=== The new monkey logo looks unlikable ===
To me he looks crazy and evil. Is that intended?
In my opinion the old one looked much more likeable.
I hope this feedback helps the project, since I would love to see more games created with JME and the community grow again.
(I had to remove most of the links, because my old account is gone and new users are only allowed to add 2 links.)