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TestFlight

Here at Considerable Content, we use an application suite for mobile game testing called TestFlight. TestFlight takes a little while to install on test devices (only need to do it once) which is why I’ve written these instructions. This small amount of annoyance at the beginning is worth it though as it allows us to do the following awesomely useful things:

  1. Send new versions of games over-the-air easily. This means that as soon as we release an update, you’ll get notified about it and will be able to easily download it from your mobile device straight away.
  2. Know what devices and operating system versions our testers are using so we can track down bugs specific to certain devices/operating systems much quicker.
  3. (On iOS, Android coming soon) Allows us to receive checkpoint, feedback and crash data directly from within the application. That means that if you have something you want to tell us, you can do it directly from within the application (on iOS), no need to remember to write a separate email and send it to us (sadly the only option we have at our disposal for Android).

 

Giving feedback

When giving feedback, these are the things we’re looking for:

  1. Bugs: If something breaks or doesn’t work how you think we were intending, let us know.
  2. Balance: We’re looking for a nice and smooth difficulty curve. Level 1 should be easy for nearly everyone and most people should get 5 bells on their first attempt. Level 30 (or whatever the last level in the current version is) should be very difficult with only the very top of players able to get 5 bells. If a level seems like a huge jump in difficulty over the previous levels, let us know.
  3. Game feel: Tell us what you think about the feel of the game. Is it fun? Is it not light-hearted enough or is it too light-hearted? Does it entertain you? The answers to these kinds of questions we would like to hear.
  4. Graphics: This is a hard one to give feedback on in the game’s current state. We still have a lot of graphical polish to add (main menu background images, animations here and there, background images and waves during gameplay etc) as well as a bunch of graphics that we plan to change. What we would like to hear about is things like if anything is hard to distinguish from other objects or something graphical doesn’t make sense to you or text is too small to read etc. If the graphics leave you confused, let us know.

Importantly, if you provide feedback on a specific level (whether you do it in-game using the feedback box that appears at the end of each level on iOS or by email); please make sure to mention which level it relates to.

Mock-up in-game image

Image: An image mock-up using game asset of our end graphical aim.

 

iOS

(Note: some of the image links for the iOS instructions have been linked from: http://help.testflightapp.com – if any links stop working, let us know)

To beta test Cargo Chaos on iOS, follow these steps:

  1. Email team <at> considerablecontent <dot> com, requesting to be a beta tester. Please state that you are an iOS user and provide us with your preferred email address. Please note that the testing process is easier if you provide us with an email account that is set up to retrieve emails on your iOS device.
  2. If we have room in the current testing round, we will send you an invite email. To accept the beta invite, click the green Accept button located in the email. This step can be done on any device.
  3. This will take you to a page where you can sign up for a TestFlight account. Please complete this sign up process by following all prompts.
  4. At this point, TestFlight will send you a confirmation email that looks like this. Click the green Login button. Make sure that this link is opened in Mobile Safari.
  5. You will be presented with a login screen (that looks like this), log in using the account you created in step 3.
  6. Once logged in, you will be taken to a page to connect your device (that looks like this). Click the green Connect Device button.
  7. You will then be prompted to install a configuration profile on your device for TestFlight (that looks like this). Tap the Install button and a configuration profile will be installed on your device and then you will be sent back to the main TestFlight mobile page. This process sends your device's UDID to TestFlight and installs a bookmark (web clip) to your home screen for quick access to TestFlight.
  8. Sometimes you will be prompted to enter in your passcode before installing the profile. This occurs when you have setup your own passcode in Settings > General > Passcode Lock. If you are prompted, enter the passcode you've setup to continue.
  9. Once you’ve installed the configuration profile on your device, you will be presented with an empty app list (that looks like this). It is normal for this to be empty as we have to grant your specific device permission to our game.
  10. At this point, we will grant you permissions to the latest version of Cargo Chaos. Please allow us up to a couple of hours for us to do this.
  11. After permissions have been granted, you will receive an email (that looks like this) that will allow you to download our game. To start the process of installing the latest version, tap the green Install button located in the email. Make sure that this link is opened in Mobile Safari.
  12. At this point, you will be taken to the Install page for Cargo Chaos within TestFlight (that looks like this) where you should tap the green Install button. This will prompt for confirmation (that looks like this), click the Install button.
  13. You might be prompted to install a provisioning profile on your device for Cargo Chaos, similar to when it asked you to install a configuration profile for TestFlight in step 7. If you are, click the Install button.
  14. A Cargo Chaos icon will be placed on one of your home screen and begin to download (it should look like this).
  15. When the download of Cargo Chaos is complete, you can click on the icon and start playing.

 

Android

To beta test Cargo Chaos on Android, follow these steps:

  1. Email team <at> considerablecontent <dot> com, requesting to be a beta tester. Please state that you are an Android user and provide us with your preferred email address. Please note that the testing process is easier if you provide us with an email account that is set up to retrieve emails on your Android device.
  2. If we have room in the current testing round, we will send you an invite email that looks like this. To accept the beta invite, click the green Accept button located in the email. This step can be done on any device.
  3. This will take you to a page (that looks similar to this) where you can sign up for a TestFlight account. Please complete this sign up process by following all prompts.
  4. At this point, we will grant you permissions to the latest version of Cargo Chaos. Please allow us up to a couple of hours for us to do this.
  5. After permissions have been granted, you will receive an email that looks like this. To start the process of installing the latest version, tap the green Install button located in the email. This step and every subsequent step must be done on your Android device.
  6. The green Install button will take you to the TestFlight For Android download page (that looks like this). Tap the green Download TestFlight App for Android button to begin the download.
  7. Once the download is complete, you will need to open the downloaded file. For most Android devices, this will be found in the notification area (like shown in this example). Tap the file to start the install.
  8. If Android tells you that the install is blocked or can’t continue (like shown in this example), you’ll need to enable installing from unknown sources. In the prompt, tap the button that will take you to that setting (like the Settings button in the example above). You may need to scroll through the settings to find the Unknown sources option. When you find it, make sure to check it (like shown in this example) and agree to the confirmation box that comes up (like shown in this example). Once this option is enabled, re-open the downloaded file from step 7. You may need to find it in your browsers download history or simply download it again.
  9. Once you’ve tapped on the downloaded file, TestFlight will ask for confirmation to install (like shown in this example), allow it by clicking the Install button.
  10. Once it has finished installing (like shown in this example), open TestFlight by clicking the Open button.
  11. You will be presented with a login screen (that looks like this), log in using the account you created in step 3.
  12. Once logged in, you will see Cargo Chaos as an option to install (like this). Click the green Install button. If Cargo Chaos does not appear in the list of available apps, you may have missed a step or haven’t waited for us to give you permissions. Please wait for an hour and if Cargo Chaos still doesn’t appear, send us an email.
  13. Cargo Chaos will begin to download (it should look like this). Once downloaded, Cargo Chaos will ask for confirmation to install (like shown in this example), allow it by clicking the Install button.
  14. After installing, Cargo Chaos can now be opened using the confirmation page (that should look like this) or by finding its application shortcut which should have been added to your list of applications.