Introducing new features in Kodu: Mars Edition

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KoduTeam posted this 07 August 2012

We're excited to see new levels created in Kodu: Mars Edition!  But, in case you haven't had a chance to review all the coolness we've updated Kodu with, here's a summary, along with how to use Kodu in the future!

What's new in Kodu: Mars Edition

Kodu Rover

Our new character, the Rover! Fast, agile, and equipped with science instruments.

New Games!: We've partnered with Game Developers to deliver 3 Mars experiences: Mars Rover: Discovery; Mars Rover: Expedition; Mars Rover: Set the Course.

New Curriculum: Available soon, we have curriculum for teachers.  Learn to program the Rover;  Find patters in Rocks;  Or build your own Mars environment.  3 great ways to experience Mars in the classroom.

Rover commands:  You can now scan, inspect, beam, and take a picture!  The Rover has new and unique commands not found in other Kodu characters.  The Rover is on a peaceful mission of science and exploration - how will you program him?

New Rock-typesIgneous and Sedimentary, representing rock-types to look for on Mars!

Hidden rocks: Add an element of surprise to your game;  these rock types are exposed only when scanned.

Math Operators:  More comparison features, including >, <, >=, <=. 

End of Path:  Community requested feature, adding "End of Path" detection.

Mars Levels based on Gale Crater:  We've five template levels which are based on actual map data from Mars, and converted into actual maps for Kodu.  See what it's like to explore mars from the Rover's view!

Kodu Commands Kodu Operators Kodu Rocks

So, how do you use all of these cool new functions?  We'll have tutorials over the coming days to teach you more about the functions, the characters, and new curriculum.  Stay tuned for more info!

The Kodu Team

 

 

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Liyasajium posted this 12 August 2012

How do you get the Mars Edition?  Do you have to download Kodu all over again if you already have Kodu?

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koduveysel posted this 22 November 2012

Is this also available in the XBOX version?

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KoduTeam posted this 30 November 2012

The new Mars pack is only available for the PC. You will have to download the full program;  you can find the link in the top left corner, where it says "Get Kodu".  It is version 1.2.88.0

Have fun!

~Kodu Team~

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Lucy posted this 03 October 2014

Hi Kodu Team!

We have downloaded V1.4.27.0 from the "Get Kodu" link but can't work out how to actually access the Mars Edition content once we launch Kodu.  Should there be a "Mars Edition" option or similar once Kodu is launched?  Have searched through the Kodu options and also if we can find any answers in forums, etc... but can't seem to find the answer.  

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Lucy :)

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Stephen posted this 03 October 2014

Hi Lucy,

 

The new features for the Mars edition are just integrated into Kodu, they're not a special setting or mode.  The Rover character can be added just like the others.

The Mars specific levels are a bit buried in this version.  If you go into the Load World menu and scroll right about a dozen worlds you should find them.

 

Stephen

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Lucy posted this 09 October 2014

Thank you so much, Stephen, we found it!  Wow...the Mars content is fabulous!  What a great addition to an already fabulous piece of games development software!

Lucy :)

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