Microsoft Releases Kodu Game Development Tool For Free In Windows Store

Kodu Windows Store

Kodu is a free game development tool originally released by Microsoft Research team targeting kids to learn game development and programming. Now, Microsoft Studios has released this app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. If you have kids at home, then this is a must have game for them.


Kodu lets you create games through 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 with no design or programming skills.


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
Kodu introduces the logic and problem solving of programming
Kodu introduces conditions and sequences, which teaches cause and effect
Kodu can be taught by any teacher, no previous programming expertise required
Students learn about cooperation, logic and creativity in addition to programming

Download it here from Windows Store for free.

  • Nham Thien Duong

    Thanks for the article :-)

  • reKitab

    A Many Many Many parents with kids, running windows 7, left behind?

    • José Villaró

      Upgrade your kid!

    • Emi the Strange

      ehmm Kodu was available for Windows 7 and (probably) even vista for years… and now you complain about it? lol please….

      “Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP
      A graphics card that supports DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 2.0 or higher is required. .NET Framework 3.5 or higher is required. XNA Framework 3.1 Redistributable is required. “

      • reKitab

        ehmm, a slip of the tongue:) There are too many exclusives nowadays that, I get jumpy quickly. Thanks for correction…:)

  • Emi the Strange

    This is great news! never expected Kodu on Win8 store since it didnt seem to get any update for months of months… I wish i could still upload my own assets but its a great tool.
    and guess what? it runs on ARM… now why doesnt Project Spark run on ARM? I have no idea, but if Project Spark is based on kodu, and kodu can do that. i feel Project Spark is just making crap up.

  • Marco

    Nice, was checking out Project Spark, but that demands a minimum of i5 processor. My son’s laptop has an i3, so Kodu works like a charm. And the simpler options are great for beginning users as well.

    • Emi the Strange

      well about project spark, they ran it in a Surface Pro and thats why they said “i5”. but i believe i3 would be fun, its not like i3 is a bad processor or too old. other games more demanding ask for less, so dont worry about it.
      but my complain and what I like about Kodu its the ARM processor support, I dont know the excuses of PS for not doing that, but at least Kodu works nicely and it supports Windows RT users. but PS is based on Kodu so while there are differences and all that, still Kodu its a nice way to start and have fun.

      • Jim Cherry

        ps is still in beta and crashes a lot so I’m not complaining its not on arm they have to walk before they can run.

        • Emi the Strange

          the problem its not it doesnt run on ARM right now, its they dont even plan that, once they said they would consider it… but yeah alot of developers have said the same word and never happens.