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Mobile Game Design Essentials by David Nolte, Dr. Claudio Scolastici

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The game tester

The game tester is the member of the team who takes care of checking that the game works as expected and doesn't crash, that controls are clear, intuitive, and effective, that game mechanics are consistent, that the game logic works properly, and that gameplay is fun.

Game testing can be called into play at different moments during the development. As a general rule, a game should enter its testing phase as soon as a prototype is available. There is no better way to understand if a game mechanic is a good one than by asking someone to try it and provide feedback.

It is mandatory that the tester is not a person who's developing the game, because the objectivity of the tester's opinion is a crucial element in any stage of its development, ...

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