World Hockey Championships and Early User Testing Feedback Game Play Testing Challenges

Testing the game is an important part of the process. If you want to help test, please Visit – Become A Beta Tester

There are so many different types of testing, from technical to user experience. The testing here involves real people seeing the game and giving their feedback on it. In the process so far, and we are just getting started, I have learned so much and will share it.

Game Feel Being a multiplayer game, you require wto people to play (we are working on a AI portion later on for single players). So testing as a single person becomes a little tricky. I tried to make a video and share it with people, but it was hard to get a real feel for it from a video. It was also hard to get a feel when you cannot play multiplayer yet. Okay, so we are asking for feedback too early, so now we are planning to wait.

Game Polish – The most common feedback I got was that there were no sound effects and a lack of animation on the game. This was a known ‘incomplete’ as we have not put the final touches to the game or added sounds yet.  We want to get the basics down first then we will do this. Again, too early on testing.

Only One First Impression – So we are asking people to test the game, but you only get one chance to make a first impression. We may soon run out of people to test, and if you want to beta test – do sign up at Become A Beta Tester. We are always looking for people to test the game and give us valuable feedback. Next time, I would wait a little longer before actually showing it to people.

Who Are Your Game Testers – You may remember the episode of Silicon Valley where they only asked engineers to test it and the user experience was just terrible for everyday users like Monica. Well, we tried to give it to both end users, explaining ‘hey, this is not the final product’ but it was hard for some end users to get that it was not done. I am guilty of being a visual person myself. :). I also handed it to people in the industry and they are like, ‘we can’t test it on video or single player’.

So we are working on making it multiplayer before trying to test it again. This is tricky since some programming can just be tweaked and others just have to be written again. We are hoping that most of it will be tweaks; however, our goal is an amazing user game experience.

I am pretty excited about the game experience so far. I am sensing it will give a real hockey feel to the game. This is something a little more tricky on mobile, however I think we have nailed it, but will know for sure only when it hits the market. Feedback is always welcome.

We have gone through several versions of the game play and completely changed the physics on how it was going to work before we started coding. This was a very good thing since if we had gone with our original game play, we would have had to scratch it and start on the new plan again. The goal of the game play was a hockey like feel and to be unique to other game plays on the market. I cannot wait to show it to you.

If you’ve got feedback, please do share it with me.

The Making Of World Hockey Championships Update 3 – How to Get Free Coins

So we have made lots of progress this last couple of weeks. We’ve been working on adding new features and making the game more fun.

The main game play is the core of the game and that is coming. However we want to give users some more fun ways to earn coins and play the game.

In order to play the game, a person would need to play for coins, as you saw in the first blog post. How do you get coins?

There are many ways to get coins.

Buying Coins

If you really like the game, buying coins helps support us in improving the game and making it better. If you do buy coins, thank you, we appreciate the support.

Hockey Game Coins Store

But, if you can’t afford them, there are other ways to get coins

At the top of the main menu, you will see “Free Coins”. In that section, there are four ways for you to get coins.

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Hourly Coins

You can login each hour and get coins. You will need to have a Mokool account in order to access this.

Rewarded Video

You can watch a video and get coins. When you watch a video, you will get coins to play the game in return. If you like the game in the advertisement, feel free to install it (it helps us get paid) and play it a bit. Don’t forget to come back to the World Hockey Championships.

Daily Missions

Each day you will get a set of missions. Complete all the missions and you will get a coin or duck prize.

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Rewards

We partnered with Tapjoy to bring free coins. You complete a task, like get to level 5 in a game OR check out a flyer and you will get coins for doing that.

Mini-Game – Rewards Wheel

There are four mini games and they help you get even more coins in the game.   I am wondering if we are giving away to many coins now :).

Each day, you can spin a wheel and get a prize.

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Mini-Game – Reward Calendar

For every consecutive day you come back, you get a bigger and bigger prize. If you miss a day, no problem, you can purchase an IAP to get a pass.

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Mini-Game – Scratch and Score

You can win scratch cards from the spin wheel or card game. When you scratch a game, you can win a prize (coins or bucks)

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Mini-Game – Card Game

You collect cards from the spin wheel. You use these cards to collect coins and scratches.

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Invite Friends

If you invite friends into the game and they join, you will get coins as a thank you for brining a friend into our fun little world of hockey.

Also, from time to time, we share a little gift with you and give you coins to play.

You will see pop up from time to time to watch a video or something that would give you coins. Keep an eye out and join in the fun.

The last and best way to get more coins is to play the game and win. When you play and win, you get the pot from the other person you are playing against.  The price amount is listed prior to choosing which game to play. The higher amount you play for, the more you win.

Those are all the ways you can get coins in The World Hockey Championships.  Maybe by the time we launch the game, there will be more.

If you help us beta test the game, we are thinking of throwing in some free coins or in app purchases your way as a thank you – http://mokoolapps.com/blog/world-hockey-championship-beta-testers

Cheers,

Mukul

 

The Making of World Hockey Championships Update 1

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This is the first update for the World Hockey championships.

I have been working on the design phase of the game for over a year now. A month ago, we started the programming part.  Starting with game design, the graphic design last year and building a framework for my vision of this game.

The challenge was to find good programming partners who can make our vision come to life. About a month ago, we added a team of programmers who have done a fantastic job so far.  Right now we are a team of 7 (3 programmers, 2 graphic designers, 2 business/marketing/game designers).   I am guessing we have put 2,000 hours in so far and got another 5,000 hours until its completed next year.  Wish us luck.

The goal of this game is for people who want to spend a few moments shooting puck and have a fun, real-time experience. The average gamer has changed, they don’t sit and play for hours, they play for minutes.   They don’t need a deep level of sports.  You don’t need to know the players or build a team. Play for a minute or keep playing for an hour. As you get better, play for more coins against people who are at your level around the world. The real-time experience makes it more fun or you can also choose to play offline.

Now you know the vision and background on how we got here, let me show you what we have done so far. We are working from the outside in, starting on the menu, login, etc.

Update 1

The splash screen when you enter the game has some cool moving lights while the user waits to connect.

World Hockey Championship Splash Screen

You can see that there are two game modes – one on one OR tournament. You can play real time against other people. We have also added other features to make the game more fun including coins, bucks, mini games, missions, etc…more on those as we develop.

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The first of the two games plays in one on one. You can play in real time against another person. If no one is available, you can play against the computer. You choose the amount of coins

 Hockey Game One on One Multiplayer Game

The second game mode is playing in a tournament style. Where the player can play against other players.

Hockey Multiplayer Tournament

The game will have daily missions to earn coins. There are also 3 ongoing missions at all times and life time achievements like win 10 games.

Hockey Game Daily Missions

Stay tuned. I will keep posting as we progress in our development of this game. If you have any suggestions, please reach me at mukul@mokoolapps.com

Cheers,

Mukul