5 Crucial Factors About Mobile Game Testing To Consider

The mobile game segment is a highly competent vertical. A successful game would have a good plot, some awesome graphics and an amazing game play that‘ll have you hooked in no time. Success stories of different games have proved that even a simple idea like clearing obstacles can be a very popular game, provided it has neat graphics, is challenging and renders an excellent game play.

Game testing is a crucial segment of mobile application development, which ensures that the player gets exactly what he has bargained for. A tester has a huge responsibility to ensure that the game meets all its requirements, works properly on all devices and also ensure that it has been tested from all perspectives. Typically the tasks of a tester are UI Testing, Functional Testing, Penetration Testing, Security Testing, Compliance Testing, Compatibility Testing, MMOG Online Testing, Localization Testing, Resolutions in multiple devices. This is a mammoth task considering the large volumes of configurations that are available out there.

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To begin with let’s go through a few of the challenges that mobile game testers have to overcome. There are more than one operating systems that are popular and each of these OSs have different versions and updates. The game should function smoothly across all of these systems and updates. Another challenge is that majority of the games use ActiveX or OpenGL to directly access the screen; bypassing the OS, rendering most of the mobile test automation frameworks useless.

Also, since performance can only be assessed on real hardware (read sensors and other complex hardware features), testing the game for multiple devices gets cumbersome. Another aspect is memory, games tend to take up a lot of memory space and battery hence mobile game testing services should account for these as well.

Apart from this, there are major differences between Software Testing and Game Testing, in general there are lots of rules, do’s and don’t that one has to go through before game testing; whereas in application it is not like that. You need a different mindset altogether

-> Application testing or software application testing is a part of application development and product development life cycle which require set of discipline whereas in Game testing most of the things are same but you need to have different mindset and you need to be passionate about playing games.

-> Professional game testers also follow general testing principles, however, there are a specific set of game testing standards which they should be aware about.

Now let’s take a look at the 5 things that are crucial to a Mobile Game Testing Service.

Multiplayer support game testing

Testing for multiplayer games is challenging especially when the different players are playing from different geographies. Such games are difficult to test, debug and are often impossible to recreate for testing purposes. However competent mobile game testing services ensures that your game is robustly designed using some of the best game development and testing frameworks such as unreal, selenium, unity, etc. Run unit tests on at least one android device and iOS device and also remember to use realistic cross-platform and cross-connection networks.

Test the authentication module of the game

Games require to store player details and in the case of complex strategy games, where the player often comes back to resume the game, a lot of information has to be saved. This type of game testing ensures that all the authentication details such as high scores, weapons, aids purchased, levels cleared, etc. are saved and the game runs accordingly.

Testing for various game engines/platforms

With multiple gaming platforms available, developers are left with a wide array of gaming engines to choose from and this could prove to be challenging for mobile game testing services. However, game testing services focus on enabling a smooth game play across multiple platforms such as PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox, Virtual reality platforms, Wii U, etc. Hence, testers have to be well versed with all of the gaming engines and the various platforms.

Proper Social Media Integration

Social network has a huge influence even in the gaming field. Social media and social integration is now pivotal to develop and deploy games that are both popular and successful. It has worked as a venue to bring like-minded gamers together and also for businesses to push their products across. Hence game testing services have to ensure proper integration on social networks.

Load testing

Finally, every game has to undergo rigorous load testing to ensure that it functions properly across various networks and with multiple players. Since MMO(massively multiplayer online game) and MMORPG(massively multiplayer online role playing game) games are increasingly popular, mobile game testing services focus on real-time concurrent load testing before deploying them. These tests are performed to get a consistence performance across all software, platform, hardware and device combinations.

Moreover there are some other factors that are key to Game testing such as fun factor testing, Artificial intelligence testing, network testing and audio testing.

Gateway TechnoLabs has dedicated considerable amount of time tackling game testing and mobile game testing services is one of our strong points, since Game development as well as application development are some of our core competencies We have been developing, testing and deploying games that render an amazing game-play across multiple platforms. Our expertise in the various gaming engines make us an obvious choice for game testing services.

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Recognize The Best Custom Application Development Solutions

One of the toughest calls for business owners is to choose between ready-made off the shelf solutions and custom application development services. The dilemma of whether to buy or build IT solutions has always been a difficult one. It’s not just the cost of devoting resources to do so or the cost benefit of buying a ready solution that one has to consider. These days digital transformation is all about empowering businesses with the right tools to help them position themselves in the market and perform equally well. So before you take a pick on the kind of solutions that you should invest in, consider the following:

Key Features to Look for
Businesses usually apply the 80/20 rule to eliminate options while evaluating them. The same guideline can be implemented in this case too. Evaluate the various off-the-shelf solutions to see whether they fulfill at least 80% of your requirements.  If the solution does not fulfill this golden rule, it is best to go for custom application development as you would be able to create tailor made solutions for organization.  When using the 80/20 rule remember to also assess the priority of the various requirements.

Degree of Customization
Ready-made solutions can be customized/ tweaked to fulfill your requirements in a better manner. However, one has to be cautious as the degree to which you can customize these solutions is pivotal to its successful implementation.  Not every ‘off-the-shelf’ solution is as scalable or flexible as you would expect it to be. Weigh the cost of having to customize it to the cost and benefits of building one right from the scratch.

Custom Application Development
Value for Money
Ready-made solutions are designed to cater to a huge spectrum of target audience and hence are loaded with a wide variety of features. Half of these features might not be suited to your organization. Hence, you end-up paying for a whole batch of features you are never going to use. Besides paying for it, you would also have to take up training and process workarounds for the same. It would be best to evaluate these costs vs. cost benefits of custom application development.

Adaptability and Scalability
Software solutions are a good investment if they are future-proof and can be adapted to grow as the company grows. Whether you opt for Commercial Off-The-Shelf solutions or go for custom application development solutions, you’ll have to ensure that they are scalable to suit the growing requirements of your organization. Otherwise, you would have to invest in another software solution in just a couple of years.

Ongoing Expense vs. Initial Expenses
Both custom solutions and off-the-shelf have different costs associated with it. There is a common misconception that Custom solutions are expensive. This is because ongoing expenses such as licenses and downtime for upgrades in the case of ready-made solutions are often overlooked.

Choosing between either solutions is not an easy task. You need to assess the various features carefully before settling in for one. Gateway TechnoLabs – A leading custom application development company has been providing software solutions to businesses across various industry verticals. We would be able to help you evaluate the benefits of the various solutions and provide the one best suited to your requirements.

Things to Consider for Mobile Application Testing

Mobile application testing is an important part of the product development lifecycle; unfortunately, it is often overlooked due to time constraints. Turning out applications that have not been rigorously tested would only backfire when users start complaining and eventually stop using the app all together. There have been cases where applications have been released into the market before extensive testing in order to meet quick deadlines. However, if you carry out testing activities, right from the beginning, even before the codes have been written, you would be able to keep pace with the developers and contribute to delivering applications within short development timelines.

Let’s take a look at how you can efficiently tackle mobile application testing: –

Manual Testing
Manually testing a mobile application is most suited for evaluation and analysis. It is a user centric approach that focuses on verifying whether the app meets all the user requirements. The best scenario to deploy manual testing is for evaluating the user experience and user interface of an application. Ideally, this should account for just around 20% of your testing, the rest should be automated.

Automated testings
Automated testing should be set up for as many scenarios as possible. Automation is the most important testing activity. You can set a schedule to configure entire libraries or series of tests as and when required. They work seamlessly with your continuous integration system. In case you don’t have such a system a competent set of automated tests will prevent relapses and keep your application robust. The various test cases that should be automated are: –

• Frequent test cases
• Cases that can be easily automated
• Cases where the result can be predicted
• Manual cases that are tedious
• Cases that are impossible to manually perform
• Cases that require several different configurations, software platforms and hardware
• Cases that have frequently used functionalities

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Here are a few strategies to test your mobile application:

Performance Test Automation
Automation for performance testing can be started out with all the information gathered during functional testing. These test cases can be modified for scalability and concurrency.

Performance Unit Tests
Performance unit tests can be designed way before the actual coding. Essentially, performance test driven development (TDD) is an approach that mobile application testing experts follow, wherein performance expectations and tests for a module is created before writing the code. Identify specific code areas that could end up as bottlenecks and device tests that assess their scalability.

A Modular Approach
When you create performance unit tests, you wind up having several different units that can be clubbed to make a modular library of test series that can be easily adapted and scaled to suit different test scenarios. These simple units can be arranged to create complex interactions that thoroughly test complicated test instances.

Synthetic Users
The system would consider a synthetic user as a regular user and respond as it would to a user. Whereas, in reality, they are a set of instructions that are programmed to execute a specific transaction path within a live environment just as a user would do. These instructions are marked up and fully instrumental enabling us to analyze the metrics reported.

Leverage Cloud
Performing load tests on the cloud makes mobile application testing realistic as the unit you are testing would have to go through the very same network layers, firewalls and load balancers that then actual user would have to go through. Cloud also enables you to spread the load sources over different geographies to achieve realistic testing scenarios. You would be able to scale up or down, as well as, test specific functionality easily this way.

Mobile application testing is a combined effort, it requires the attention of everyone involved with the application to contribute positively to turning out a bug-free application. It helps to share test results with those involved to help better understand the various scenarios and work accordingly. We at Gateway TechnoLabs, have dedicated mobile app testing experts, who have a rich experience of delivering error free applications. Over the years, we have built and developed various testing modules making it easy for us to put together a comprehensive set of test cases.