Ingress

Ingress

1,000,000 - 5,000,000 downloads

Pros
  • Hey, Google's into gaming!
  • Free, no ads
Cons
  • Battery drainer
  • Invited-only
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+ By NianticLabs@Google

Expert's Review
9.0
Awesome

"Is this what everybody is talking about?"

Reviewed by / Jan 03, 2013

Google's own geocatching game

It's odd to write about a "Google game". It's even odder that Google is so adamant with its policy (Gmail, G+, Gwhatever) of closed invitations system, no matter how useful may it be to developers. However, at the end of the day Google owns the best free map app so far, so it shouldn't strike anyone that they try to play with their beloved toy for a while, and Google has a name in what we could call "opening new fields" on their products.

As you surely already know, Ingress is a geocatching game, played along your daily real life, as if you were a secret agent fighting for or against an upcoming alien invasion. Well, indeed that's what is about: earthlings (virtually) wrestling over power places in a never-ending, world-wide, massive multi-player, augmented-reality game. Sounds great, even for those not keen on this kind of stuff. There's an awesome tutorial to understand what are you playing at, at the end of which you will have to choose a faction, either Resistance or Empire, ehem, I meant, Enlightened.

In short, I wanted to leave to the end this couple of pretentious Morpheo-like sentences: "You have downloaded what you believe to be a game, but it is not" and "saving the world is dangerous. If you don't want to assume this risk, now is your chance to close this app and go back to your normal life". They may be too rough for a game, but puts you into the thrilling atmosphere of it. Game can be intensively played or just enjoyed for a while when you are walking around, taking your dog for a walk or jogging.

Anyway, perhaps is too soon to ponder whether Ingress will be the antepenultimate Google's passing craze or if it will begin a golden era of geo-catching games...meanwhile, we'll wonder if there are enough players, how much will they play and what will happen when Google launches G's AR glasses, in case there was any relationship between the arch-hyped G's product and this game.

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Developer's original description available here
✮ Top Game of 2013 at Google Play Player's Choice Awards.
✮ Best Android Strategy Game Runner-up at Android Central Best of 2013 Awards
✮ One of the Best Android Apps of 2013 - Gizmag

“It’s a social network, a lifestyle, and exercise rolled into one.” - Chris M, User
“I've made friends who I would keep for life during the course of this "game."” - Zeke C, User

Ingress transforms the real world into the landscape for a global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition.

Our future is at stake. You must choose a side.

A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.

“The Enlightened” seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us. “The Resistance” struggle to defend, and protect what’s left of our humanity.

Install Ingress and transform your world.

The World is the Game
Move through the real world using your Android device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of this mysterious energy. Acquire objects to aid in your quest, deploy tech to capture territory, and ally with other players to advance the cause of the Enlightened or the Resistance.

Strategy
The struggle is being played out globally. Track the progress of players around the world, plan your next steps, and communicate with others using an Intelligence map.

What is the Niantic Project?
Is this just a game? An Investigation Board (http://www.google.com/+NianticProject) filled with cryptic clues and secret codes awaits. The story evolves everyday. Powerful secrets and game tech are there to be unlocked.

Form Alliances
The struggle to save the planet spans the entire world. Groups of people acting together can be more effective than individuals acting alone. Cooperation across neighborhoods, cities, and countries will be needed to achieve the ultimate victory.

Note: Ingress uses the "Read_Contacts" app permission to make it easier to invite your friends to join you in your mission to save the world. The app will not contact anyone without your explicit action to recruit a particular friend.

Join the investigation
G+: http://www.google.com/+Ingress
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Ingress
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ingress
Help Center: http://support.google.com/ingress

Recently changed in this version

Version 1.49.0
* Improved Agent Profile view
* Bug fixes

Version 1.48.0
* Menu changes for logout / login.
* Logic changes to the avatar selection tutorial.
* Key count visible on portal info page.
* New tutorials translated to Japanese.
* Bug fixes.


Comments and ratings for Ingress
  • (69)

    by Daniel Brasil on 20/04/2014

    Awesome!

  • (69)

    by Michael Robb on 20/04/2014

    I downloaded this last week, and it is a fantastic game! But for some reason, I can only collect up to 2000 XM, no matter what level I am at. Fix this and I'll give it 5 stars.

  • (69)

    by Luke Butcher on 20/04/2014

    Needs something more after the first few weeks, plus game balance is appalling.

  • (69)

    by Ruth Teklu on 20/04/2014

    Please don't download this thing. I hate it sooooo much. ...

  • (69)

    by Rhonda Thomassen on 20/04/2014

    This game will get you off you backside and outside having fun! Great way to meet new people and see new places! Challenging for those competitive peeps out there like me,.

  • (69)

    by Joseph Winkelbauer on 20/04/2014

    Interesting story and concept for game play.

  • (69)

    by Michael Swetland on 20/04/2014

    I started playing Ingress about a month ago and I have lost 6 Ibs. I've gotten to know my community better and I've made new friends. Join the Resistance and stop the shapers.