7.1 Game Creation in Kodu Game Lab

This is my NEW AND IMPROVED scheme of work and resources for teaching with Kodu Game Lab it has been designed to last between eight and nine lessons and covers the basics of using Kodu Game Lab as well as game design, creation, testing and evaluation. I’ve taken the best bits from my old resources and revamped them into this new unit! If you still wish to access any of the old resources you can download a zip file here. The assessment on the new scheme of work is inked to the Computing at School Progression Pathways as that is what we are going to be following for assessment in my school from September.

I have also developed a series of tutorial videos which can be found here.

83 Responses to 7.1 Game Creation in Kodu Game Lab

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  2. Fatima Nurmohamed says:

    Hi Nicky
    These resources are gread. I am just going to start planning lessons for Year 9 in two weeks time. Is it possible to have the resources using the keyboard.


  3. Nicki says:

    Hi Fatima,
    I only have resources for using the Xbox controller I’m afraid as I don’t use the mouse and keyboard.

  4. Melva Kimpton says:

    There is a really good video, using the keyboard, which I start my students off with. They then learn the basics of creating a simple game.


  5. Nicki says:

    Great video, thanks for sharing.

  6. Dave Osborne says:

    Loving Kudo – my after school club are getting very into it…
    Quick Question – struggling with camera modes – in your note see that suggests you can get all of these different camera modes…? I can only get first person… am I doing it wrong…
    Third person- Players exist within the game world- which is less immersive. Feels like you are right behind the character or looking over their shoulder.
    Top-Down- Player has a global view of the game world.
    Side-scrolling- Fast paced; action is view from side-view camera; doesn’t show a lot about the world.
    Isometric- Player has a global view.
    Where are these?
    Thank you so much

  7. Dave Osborne says:

    Hi Nicki
    Notice on lesson 4 – you say show them an example of pong game…
    I can’t find one in the community library – I know I could make one – but was wondering whether you had an example you wouldn’t mind sharing?

    Are you at the conference tomorrow? Would so nice to meet you in person and thank you for the great resources shared

  8. A.Mahmood says:

    Hi Nicki

    The resources are great and I plan to use them very soon. Would it be possible to provide the non pdf versions as I plan to edit them for my classes?


  9. Nicki says:

    They are in the World Settings (far right of the bottom menu). It allows you to specify the time of camera setting and also set the camera’s starting position as well.

  10. Nicki says:

    Hi David, here is an example of the pong game: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14333732/Kodu%20Games/Pong%20v01%2C%20by%20Nicki%20Maddams.Kodu
    Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it to Friday’s conference as I was already out presenting at another one in Kent on the Thursday. Would have been nice to meet you! Maybe next year . . .

  11. Nicki says:

    Hi, thanks for the comment. I’ve emailed you a link.

  12. N Chadee says:

    hello nicki – wonderful resources. would I also be able to obtain the editable versions for editing please?

  13. Sri says:


    Thank you for all the effort you put into it and sharing it freely with all of us.

    Truly appreciate you.


  14. NickT says:

    Outstanding resources!! Many thanks for sharing.

  15. Andy McSwan says:

    Hi Nicki,

    Just wanted to say a huge thank you for posting up all your work on this, just starting Kodu with our S1 pupils (think that makes them year 7/8). Your materials are really clear and easy to follow so we’ll make good use of them.


  16. Fantastic resources! I’ve been running a club for Year 4,5 and 6 for a good while now and these are going to come in really handy.

    I also found this useful which is the Studio K Curriculum designed specifically for Kodu. It presents a model called G.R.A.S.P.S + N which has been great for giving the children an understanding of how games are put together and why: http://www.gameslearningsociety.org/studiok/

  17. Nicki says:

    Thanks Jay. Yes I’ve seen the Studio K resources. They do look good but haven’t managed to try them yet!

  18. Sheralee Clark says:

    Hi Nicky, thank you for sharing all your Kodu materials, they are a real hit with my current year 7’s. However the issue we are having is with our network and running Kodu on it, the technicians do not seem to be able to find anyone that can help them overcome the students saving issues on the network. The teacher are also finding that they cannot move files to the network that they have created on their laptops to share with students. Any advice on how to overcome this or a contact who might be able to help us would be greatly appreciated.

  19. Nicki says:

    Hi Sheralee, from a technical point of view I’m not too sure as all networks are set up differently. However, for moving files across the network it’s best to export them, these files can then be shared via email or on a VLE etc. Here’s a video guide on how to export the games as .kodu files: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46Sp2siA5us

  20. Radhika says:

    Hi Nicky

    These resources are brilliant. I am in the process of rewriting the SOW for KS3 as per the new POS. These would be a very great resource with my year 7. Thanks for sharing it.

  21. Marc Camacho Cateura says:

    Hi Nicky!

    During July, I’m organizing a “Mans a la Ciència”, a Campus Tech located in Catalonia (Spain) for children between 10 and 14 years old. The last week of this campus, we learn how we can create a video game with Kodu.

    Looking into the web, I find your scheme of work and I think only one thing… IT’S BRILLIANT. All your documentation it’s perfect and you can see how much has been elaborate and designed. I’m very impressed and I felt the need to recognize this is as a job well done.

    Please, let me give you thanks and use and adapt your work for my campus and my language. I know that you distribute all teaching resource under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License but, at least, you deserve to know how impressed me.

    YOU ARE A CRACK! Thank you for all!!!

  22. Nicki says:

    Wow! Thanks for such a lovely comment Marc. Hope your “Mans a la Ciència” goes well!

  23. Bronagh says:

    Fantastic resources …. a massive help

  24. Nina says:

    Excellent KODU resources, thank you 🙂

  25. Vinny says:

    It has been said over and over but thank you! Thank you for your great resources and your willingness to share.

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  27. Fred Wagah says:

    Kindly send me the year seven baseline assessment as i have failed to copy the one above into my forms.

  28. Nicki says:

    It’s not possible to share this without making it public, sorry. You can find all the details here: http://www.interactiveclassroom.net/?page_id=1372 – feel free to copy the questions into your own assessment system.

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  31. Sheena says:

    Thank you so much! Wow, can’t believe the work that you have on here, much appreciated!

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