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Localization Testing

Localization testing involves testing the localization of an application within the actual interface of the final product. Testing helps us find and correct bugs and translation errors before the localized version of the application or game reaches users.

At Alconost, localizations are evaluated by translators who are native speakers of the target language and have extensive testing experience. During testing, we focus on:

  1. The completeness of the translation — we look for strings that are still in the source language.
  2. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and typos.
  3. The encoding and readability of the font — we find flaws in the way characters such as diacritic marks or ideograms are displayed.
  4. String length and agreement in inflected languages — we look for text that doesn’t fit on buttons and other errors that can occur when text is displayed in the UI.
  5. The relevance of units of measurement (length, weight, etc.) for speakers of the target language — for example, if a character’s weight is indicated in an American game, it needs to be listed in kilograms rather than pounds when the game is localized into Russian.
  6. Unity of style and the communication of wordplay, jokes, and other factors that add color to a game or application.
  7. Consistency throughout the translation — we find places where the same item, character, or function is referred to in various ways in the translation.

How We Perform Localization Testing

A translator who is a native speaker of the target language installs a localized build and launches the application on their device. If you are unable to give the translator access to such a build, we request that you take screenshots of all screens from the localized version of the application. In this case our translators will evaluate the quality of the localization based on the screenshots.

The translator or a translation project manager enters information about any issues into a special spreadsheet or the client's bug tracker. Messages about errors are accompanied by screenshots where necessary. Once the corrections have been confirmed, the translator fixes the localized text. If a problem requires a technical solution, the corrections are made in cooperation with the developer.

We perform localization testing of games and applications for iOS, Android, Windows, and MacOS. We can also test localizations of console games and websites.

How Much Does Localization Testing Cost?

The cost of localization testing depends on the number of hours spent on the testing process. The rates below are in US dollars per hour spent by a specialist:

LanguageHourly rate
Afrikaans63.3
Albanian43.2
Amharic43.3
Arabic43.3
Arabic (Morocco)43.3
Armenian33.3
Azerbaijani43.3
Belarusian25
Bengali43.3
Bulgarian43.3

Case studies

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Localization of Xsolla products
  • Client: Xsolla
  • Languages: FR, ES, JA, KO and 14 more
  • Services: Localization
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Localization of Targetprocess platform
  • Client: Targetprocess
  • Languages: EN, FR, DE, ES, PT-BR, RU
  • Volume: 17000 words
  • Services: localization
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Localization of Microsoft MakeCode
  • Client: Microsoft Corporation
  • Languages: FR, JA, PT-PT, ZH-CN and 21 more
  • Volume: 48 000 words and counting
  • Services: Localization and linguistic QA
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Localization of Charm Farm Game
  • Developer/Publisher: Nevosoft
  • Languages: PT-BR, NL, FR, DE, JA, PL, ES
  • Volume: 100000 words
  • Services: localization
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Localization of Darklings
  • Developer/Publisher: MildMania
  • Languages: JA, ZH, ES, RU, IT, FR, DE, PT, KO
  • Volume: 1000 words
  • Services: localization, LQA
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Localization of the Outpost Zero game
  • Developer/Publisher: tinyBuild Games
  • Languages: ZH-CN, FR, DE, JA, KO, RU, PT-BR, ES
  • Volume: 8 000 words
  • Services: Localization
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Localization of the Mahjong Treasure Quest game
  • Developer/Publisher: Vizor Games
  • Languages: ZH-CN, ZH-TW, FR, DE, IT and 5 more
  • Volume: 100 000 words
  • Services: Countinuous localization, linguistic quality assurance
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Localization of the Battletech game
  • Developer/Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Languages: RU, FR, ES, PT-BR, IT, ZH-CN, DE, PL
  • Services: Linguistic quality assurance
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Localization of Clue mobile app
  • Client: Clue
  • Languages: AR, FR, DA, DE, ES, HI, IT, JA, KO, PL, PT-BR, RU, TR, ZH-CN, ZH-TW
  • Volume: 70000 words
  • Services: continuous localization
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Localization of Valetines Day
  • Developer/Publisher: MyPlayCity
  • Languages: DE, FR, IT, ES, PT-BR
  • Services: localization
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Punch Club localization
  • Developer/Publisher: Tiny Build
  • Languages: ZH-CN, PL
  • Volume: 20000 words
  • Services: localization
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Localization of DreamCommerce Platform
  • Client: DreamCommerce
  • Languages: NL, TR
  • Services: localization
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Localization of Jooble
  • Client: Jooble
  • Languages: ES, PT, KO, JA and 11 more
  • Volume: 10 000 words
  • Services: Localization
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Localization of Klondike: The Lost Expedition
  • Developer / Publisher: Vizor Interactive
  • Languages: FR, ES, ZH-CN, JA and 7 more
  • Services: Continuous localization
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Localization of Next Stop
  • Developer/Publisher: Ladia Group
  • Languages: FR, DE, EN, JA
  • Volume: 7500 words
  • Services: localization, proofreading
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Localization of the Party Hard game
  • Developer/Publisher: tinyBuild Games
  • Languages: ZH-CN, KO, JA, FR, DE, RU and 3 more
  • Volume: 12 000 words
  • Services: Localization
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Localization of Kill Shot Bravo
  • Developer / Publisher: HotHead Games
  • Languages: JA, FR, ES, zh-CN and 10 more
  • Volume: 10 000 words and counting
  • Services: Continuous localization
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Localization of Smarty CRM platform
  • Client: Clouds Technologies
  • Languages: ES, PT-BR
  • Volume: 9000 words
  • Services: localization
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Localization of Viber messenger
  • Developer/Publisher: Viber
  • Languages: RU
  • Services: Product localization, marketing translation
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Localization of the Zombie Castaways game
  • Developer/Publisher: Vizor Games
  • Languages: DE, IT, FR, ES
  • Volume: 100 000 words
  • Services: Countinuous localization
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Translation of GitHub guides and materials
  • Client: GitHub
  • Languages: Japanese
  • Volume: 80 000 words and counting
  • Services: Translation, proofreading
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Localization of Aviasales, Jetradar и Hotellook's websites
  • Client: Jetradar
  • Languages: FR, ES, DE
  • Volume: 100000 words
  • Services: localization, LQA
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Localization of the Minion Masters game
  • Developer/Publisher: BetaDwarf
  • Languages: ZH-CN, ZH-TW, FR, DE, IT, RU, PT-BR, ES
  • Volume: 20 000 words
  • Services: Countinuous localization
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Localization of the EcoCity game
  • Developer/Publisher: Nevosoft
  • Languages: EN, FR, DE, PT-BR, ES, JA, NL,PL
  • Volume: 100 words
  • Services: Localization
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Localization of apps and games
  • Client: Alconost
  • Languages: EN, RU
  • Services: Full-cycle video production including voiceover and sound design
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Localization of Bandsintown app
  • Client: Bandsintown
  • Languages: FR, DE, IT, JA, PT, PT-BR, ES
  • Volume: 27000 words
  • Services: localization
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Petcube site localization
  • Client: Petcube
  • Languages: KO, FR, HE, RO, Pt, NL
  • Services: localization
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Localization of MyCafe
  • Developer / Publisher: Melsoft / Wargaming
  • Languages: FR, ES, PT-BR, KO and 6 more
  • Volume: 400 000 words and counting
  • Services: Continuous localization, linguistic QA, translation of marketing materials
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Localization of the Streets of Rogue game
  • Developer/Publisher: tinyBuild Games
  • Languages: ZH-CN, FR, DE, KO, RU, PT-BR, ES
  • Volume: 8 000 words
  • Services: Localization
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Localization of the Stellaris game
  • Developer/Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Languages: FR, DE, RU
  • Services: Linguistic quality assurance
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Localization of Liferay Platform
  • Client: Liferay Inc.
  • Languages: ZH-CN, JA, PT-BR, ES and 9 more
  • Volume: 50 000 words and counting
  • Services: Localization
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Localization of the Forced Showdown game
  • Developer/Publisher: BetaDwarf
  • Languages: ES, IT, FR, RU, DE
  • Volume: 10 000 words
  • Services: Countinuous localization
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Localization of the Goat Simulator game
  • Developer/Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
  • Languages: ZH-CN, ZH-TW, FR, DE, IT and 8 more
  • Volume: 35 000 words
  • Services: Countinuous localization, proofreading, linguistic quality assurance
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Proofreading of in-game text for Clash of Kings
  • Developer / Publisher: Elex Tech
  • Languages: English
  • Volume: 25 000 words
  • Services: Proofreading, editing
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Localization of online courses for Harvard University
  • Client: Harvard University
  • Languages: Arabic, Spanish
  • Volume: 200 000 words and counting
  • Services: Translation of course materials and subtitles
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Localization of Bitrix24 website
  • Client: Bitrix24
  • Languages: ES, PT-BR, JA, ZH-CN and 11 more
  • Volume: 100 000 words and counting
  • Services: Localization
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Localization of the Tamadog game
  • Developer/Publisher: Vizor Games
  • Languages: ZH-CN, ZH-TW, HI
  • Services: Localization
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