Master Thesis - Past Projects - Abstract
Monkey Gamer: Automatic Profiling of Android Games
Due to the huge amount of smart-phone applications available nowadays,there is a need to check them in order to know if they are trustworthy, efficient and reliable. Furthermore, research on smart-phones is really intensive, so it is important to be able to easily profile applications and collect data that researchers can use. In this thesis we have focused on Android games as they represent a big portion of Android applications and Android is the most used mobile operative system nowadays.
The thesis work can be divided in two main tasks. The first task consistsof research on Android games in order to know how they are developed, which game design engines are used nowadays and how can we automatise the execution of Android applications and, in particular, games. The second step consists of development of a program called Monkey Gamer that can play Android games automatically and collect execution traces of the game. The Monkey Gamer analyses the screen shown on a device, recognises the places where the user should touch, and interacts with them. Then, consideringeach screen as a state of a state machine, the program tries to cover the whole game, generating the highest possible number of execution traces.
In order to test our solution we have compared the traces generated by the Monkey Gamer with the ones obtained by some real players, achieving a significant similarity. The tests were executed on three games, covering different categories and implementation solutions.
Keywords: mobile games, game profiling, automatic testing, Android games
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Author(s): Javier Marian Santos
Contact: Simin Nadjm-Tehrani
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