Our educational director, Zack Griset recently released a new tutorial video on How to Test Your Games Using Android Studio. If you’re new to the process of developing Android-based apps and the best testing practices to use, this beginner Android Studio tutorial will show you how to get started.
In this video, you’ll get to watch step-by-step as Zack walks you through the entire process of exporting a game built with Buildbox 2.3 or higher and then testing it on an Android device using Android Studio.
How to Test Your Buildbox Games Using Android Studio
For those unfamiliar with Android Studio, it’s an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), that features a text editor, debugging tools, emulator, and other advanced options to help Android developers. The Android Emulator feature in Android Studio is one of the best ways to test your games. You can simulate different types of devices from phones and tablets to even Android Wear and TV devices. It makes it easy to check your game to ensure it functions correctly on a variety of devices.
You can download Android Studio on their developer portal right here.
Testing your games is a crucial part of the design and development process. To be successful, test your app in all aspects thoroughly. Whether your game is simple or big and complicated, try to take the necessary time to make sure everything is working as it should. One of the most common mistakes that game creators often make is not adequately testing their app. Avoid making this blunder. Testing is essential, without it, it’s nearly impossible to know how well your game works. The goal of testing isn’t just to see how your app appears on a specific device but how it performs.
Tips for Testing Using Android Studio
When using Android Studio to test your game, look for any bugs or broken mechanics that could interfere with your player’s experience. Also check to see if your art style, UI screens, and all of the game’s graphics seem cohesive. To make a polished game that players will love it must have balanced gameplay, a cohesive flow in its design and be free from bugs or errors. While testing, sift through your game carefully. Look for any specific details or areas within the app that could be improved. Also, look for tell-tale signs of slowness in your game’s performance like slow loading screens or character movement. Fix any issues or errors that you find.
Technical testing, user or playtesting, and feedback are all essential if you want to create a well-polished game.