I'm an student from Germany and want to show you my first game:Plantcorehttp://www.indiedb.com/games/plantcore
It's a 2D adventure game. You explore an open world in which many different kinds of plants are growing. These plants grant you new abilities and by cleverly using them, you will reach new parts of the map and discover the holy stone tablets. There are also some surprising dangers;)
The game was developed with Java and LWJGL and it took me 20 months and approximately 350-450 hours. It was probably a little bit too ambitious for a first project because I had to cut many features and lost the motivation in the last couple of months.
But I learned really a lot and am pleased with how it turned out in the end.
I look forward to answer your questions about the game and development process!