Testing methods for mobile game development: A case study on user feedback in different development phases

Elina Annanperä, Jani Yli-Kantola, Tanja Sauvola, Samuli Heinonen, Erkki Siira

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    Abstract

    Mobile games are relatively new industry, and their relevance on the game markets are rising. At the same time, it is very competitive market, as new games are coming out by hundreds every day. The challenges for the new game development come from the creative process and the human factors on how to make the game appealing. In this research, we study the use of test groups as part of new mobile game and concept development process in the early phases. They were used to complement the testing automation at the development phases when use of analytics was not yet possible. Six separate feedback collection sessions were arranged using different methods. The paper presents the main learnings of each used method, the perceived usefulness of the methods for the entire development process. We also contribute to the growing knowledge for mobile game development, focusing on methods for the testing with test user approaches. We conclude that testing with user groups can help clarify the mobile game design to create a more appealing game, but choosing the right groups and right moments in the game development phase can be difficult, as can be the interpretation of the feedback for decision making.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2018 IEEE 6th International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH 2018
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    Pages1-8
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-6298-4, 978-1-5386-6297-7
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-6299-1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2018
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    Event6th IEEE International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH 2018 - Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 16 May 201818 May 2018

    Conference

    Conference6th IEEE International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH 2018
    CountryAustria
    CityVienna
    Period16/05/1818/05/18

    Keywords

    • development process
    • game testing
    • methods
    • mobile games
    • users

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    Annanperä, E., Yli-Kantola, J., Sauvola, T., Heinonen, S., & Siira, E. (2018). Testing methods for mobile game development: A case study on user feedback in different development phases. In 2018 IEEE 6th International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH 2018 (pp. 1-8). IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/SeGAH.2018.8401372