12 Mar Making of: Testing, testing and testing.
Today we tested at an elementary school: 7 classes, 150 children, 7 hours of testing. We started at 9:00 am (6 people from OCG Studios, 15 ipads). We tested with children ranging from 5 to 12 years old. As expected, we found some bugs. We fixed them during testing – 2 people developing and 4 in the classroom. Constantly updating the ipads with improved versions. At the end of the day we had fixed all the issues and the kids gave us some very good feedback. Things we should improve; things that could be explained a little bit better. But, and this is the most important thing, it was fun – every child liked it a lot. Only the smallest needed a little bit of guidance, but this was expected. The smallest children and their parents should play it together. It’s fun for all ages. Every class had 45 minutes of playtime and 5 minutes of evaluation, and in every class we heard the same sounds when we asked them to stop … “can you come back soon” and “when can we have it?”
What also was surprising was that more than half of all the children in the class had already played on an ipad or had one at home.
Everything we designed in this app worked; every place Roxie has drawn was fun. It was a very very good day. We are totally convinced this app will be something special, and that children of all ages will have hours of fun.