Scratch vs Kodu

Which one is better?

Let's Start with Kodu

Kodu is a new visual programming language that is used mostly used for playing games. It is designed so children can use it easily but it can also be used by adults and it is enjoyable for everybody. The programming environment runs around Xbox so a gaming controller can be used for input but a mouse works as well.

The Key features of Kodu are:

  • High-level language incorporates real-world primitives: collision, color, vision
  • Uses Xbox 360 Game Controller for input — no keyboard required
  • Runs on XBox 360 and PC
  • Interactive terrain editor
  • Bridge and path builder
  • Terrain editor - create worlds of arbitrary shape and size
  • 20 different characters with different abilities
Kodu Game Lab Tutorial - How to Make a Game

A video on how to make a kodu game


age 8+

Better than CSM Review

Unlike the CSM review, I did find a tutorial...essentially a set of objectives that slowly teach you different ways to build and modify pre-existing games. My eight year old was able to build a rudimentary (and fun) co-op game within the first hour he played with it. Agree that it does ... 4 stars

age 9+

Kodu Game Lab teachings game design/programming skills

Kodu Game Lab is also a free download on Windows computers. On the Kodu website, there are tons of other tutorials, demos, and even lesson plans to help players learn more about building games in Kodu as well as game design techniques in general. Folks at the Games+Learning+Society eve ... 5 stars

Now Scratch

Scratch is a programming language and online community where people program and share their own interactive media like stories, games and animation with people all around the world. As children create media on scratch, they learn to think creatively, work as a team better and reason systematically. Scratch is made for children between the ages of 8 & 16. It is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.
Lesson 1 - Scratch Basics

Reviews by parents

"I just want to thank you all for making Scratch, and for providing it for free.My kids are doing amazing things that they see as fun yet I know is educational, valuable, and worthwhile. Thank you so much!!!"

"My very shy but technical minded daughter has found this to be a fantastic, safe outlet for her creativity. She spends her free time creating ever more difficult animations and sharing them with the scratch community. The forums provide her with a group of like-minded individuals with which she can hold on a conversation... She now feels that computers, graphic design and animation are something she would like to pursue in the future. Your program has opened a whole new world to her in so many ways, and I thank you wholeheartedly. "

"My son is learning more than I can imagine from your tool. He is not a natural logical thinker but loves LEGO. Your LEGO-like building block structure has moved him forward by light-years in his logical thinking skills...He can snap things together and begin to see the logic reinforced by immediate feedback. Of course we work on some things together--instant father and son time. This is just incredible. Just a big thanks to you and MIT."

My opinion

In my opinion I think smore is better because it has a lot more features and it is a lot easier to use.

By Ihuoma