Game Creator Kodu Released on Xbox Live

By Chris Faylor, Jul 01, 2009 8:20am PDT Microsoft Research's Kodu Game Lab, described as "a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games," has been released on Xbox 360.

Available under the Community Games--soon to be rebranded "Indie Games"--portion of the online Xbox Live Marketplace, the 167MB program can be sampled in demo form, with the full version downloadable in exchange for 400 Microsoft Points ($5).

The full version packs several tutorials and numerous samples, with genres ranging from shooter to racing to role-playing. Created games can be shared with other Xbox Live members, and can support multiplayer for up to four offline players.

"We're making it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of game creation," lead designer Matt MacLaurin explained earlier this year. At the time, Microsoft utilized "actual 12-year-old girl" Sparrow to demonstrate the ease of using Kodu's icon-based interface.

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  • Bought this after reading the article. Didn't bother to try the demo.
    Definitely an interesting product.

    Reminds me of Game Maker a lot, with the level design tool being similar to that of Radiant/Hammer.

    Multiplayer games are only for local same screen. I hope they patch this in the future for Online Multiplayer. You share your games directly with a person through a lobby system, it's kind of misleading at first because it seems as if you can actually play the game together after 'Sharing' it, but you'll end up just launching into the game yourself.

    There are a lot of suppliments from interactive tutorials to playable games. You can easily make side scrollers, racers, first person shooters, and platformers. It's intuitive for the most part, you can get realy into the visual programming language and improvise cool stuff.

    I'm working on a Bomberman mock up at the moment. :) Really wish it had Online Multiplayer, that's the only tihng that disappointed me about Kodu since a couple of friends of mine got it too. Other than that I am really enjoying playing the few games it shipped and making my own.