Learn Kodu Game Creator

Lesson 1 – Learn the Kodu Interface

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson we are going to look at how to setup and use Kodu for game creation

Lesson Tasks:

  • Open Kodu, setup preferences as necessary
  • Experiment with the tools in the tool bar at the bottom of the screen
  • Learn how to navigate around the screen
  • Add a Kodu character
  • Add movement controls to the character
  • Play and Save your game

Assessment:

Save this project to a new folder / portfolio. Call this portfolio ‘Surname Firstname – Kodu Game Portfolio’. This portfolio we be assessed at the end of the course so make sure you keep it up to date.

Lesson 2 – Creating a simple landscape

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson we will look at how to create landscapes in Kodu game creator. This is a big part of game creating in Kodu, so take your time and experiment with the available options and settings.

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Create a new Kodu project
  • Experiment with the Paint brush tool and its various settings e.g. Brushes and patterns
  • Create a scene with hills and walls
  • Create different texture patterns in your scene
  • Add water to your scene
  • Save your project to your portfolio

 

Assessment:

Peer assess another landscape, discuss the aspects of the work that are successful, could be improved and further editing techniques to explore.

Add this project to your ‘Kodu Game Portfolio’ file

 

Lesson 3 – Creating simple interactions

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson we will look at using interactions in Kodu game creator. This is a big part of game creating in Kodu, so take your time and experiment with the available options and settings.

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Open a new Kodu project ‘Shooting Fish’ from the world menu
  • Add Kodu character to your project
  • Programme your Kodu Character to shoot the fish
  • Programme your Kodu character to turn left and right
  • Save your project

 

Assessment:

Discuss the aspects and options of interaction with one of your peers. What do you feel is possible and what kind of interactions can you create?

Add this project to your ‘Kodu Game Portfolio’ file

 

Lesson 4 – Kodu Racing game part 1

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson we will start to create our first full game. This project focus on creating a racing game. Remember to pause the video and complete the step as you go along.

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Open a new Kodu project and name it ‘Racing Game’
  • Create your race track
  • Add a character to your game
  • Adjust your characters settings
  • Press play and test your track and character
  • Add another character to race against
  • Create a path for your AI character to follow around the track
  • Programme your AI character to follow the path, adjust the settings for this character
  • Create an object at the end of the track, programme this as the end line, win or loose
  • save your work

 

Assessment:

Save this project to your ‘Kodu Game Portfolio’ file, this is your first assessment piece.

 

Lesson 5 – Kodu Racing Game Part 2

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson we will continue to create our first full game. This project will focus on creating a racing game. Remember to pause the video and complete the step as you go along.

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Open your Kodu ‘Racing Game’ project
  • Make your terrain more interesting and more playable by sculpting the landscape
  • Add some enemy characters to shoot at our racers
  • Add a start menu for your game and a count down
  • save your work

 

Assessment:

Save this project to your ‘Kodu Game Portfolio’ file, this is your first assessment piece.

Let your peers play your game and discuss with them how you might be able to improve this game

 

Lesson 6 / 7 – Kodu Collecting Game

Lesson 8 – Creating a Pong game
Lesson 9 – Kodu Code Snippets
Lesson 10 – 10 simple Kodu Tutorials

Lesson 11 – Choose a Kodu Project Brief

Choose one of the following briefs for your final project:

Project: Creating a Level Based Game

Project: First Person Shooter

Project: Quest Game

Project: Maze Game

Project: Pacman Styled game

Lesson 12 – Kodu Project Planning Document
Lesson 13 – Kodu Evaluation Document
Lesson 14 – Final Assessment

Assessment Portfolio Folder Needs to include:

  1. Export Project Projects 1,2 and 3
  2. Planning document for ‘Your First Game’
  3. Export Final Project files for Projects 1,2 and 3
  4. Final Evaluation

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