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.
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.
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.