What is Kodu?
Kodu lets kids create games on the PC and XBox via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game, young children as well as adults with no design or programming skills.
Join our community, and discover games created by others and share your game at KoduGameLab.com.
Kodu for the PC is available to download for free. Kodu for the XBox is also available in the USA on the XBox Marketplace, in the Indie Games channel for about $5.
Kodu Teaches more than Programming
- Kodu is a rich tool for narrative creation and storytelling
- Kodu demonstrates that programming is a creative medium
- Kodu helps children with critical thinking, breaking a complex goal into manageable steps, and iterate on the design process – an approach applicable to all academic subjects, business and personal relationships
- Kodu introduces the logic and problem solving of programming
- Kodu introduces conditions and sequences, which teaches cause and effect
- Students learn about cooperation, logic and creativity in addition to programming
- Read about our Kodu pilot program in Australia's public schools: Report (pdf)
Anyone Can Use Kodu
- Kodu can be taught by any teacher, no previous programming expertise required
- Ages 8 and up typically have the most success
Kodu Classroom Kit for Educators
The Kodu classroom kit is a set of lesson plans and activities for educators, after-school instructors, parents, peer mentors and administrators. The entire kit is available as a single zip file for download here or as single lesson plans available below:
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Sample game - Create 2D side-scrolling games
...or 3D racing games
...or 3D adventure/storytelling games
...all using Kodu's completely visual programming language
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP (latest updates required)
- A graphics card that supports DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 2.0 or higher
- .NET Framework 3.5 or higher
- XNA Framework 3.1 Redistributable
Editing Terrain tutorial
How to Move the Camera
Making Landscapes: Terrain tutorial
Common Pitfalls tutorial
Complex Character Behavior: Pages tutorial