1,000,000 - 5,000,000 downloads
- Hey, Google's into gaming!
- Free, no ads
- Battery drainer
+ By NianticLabs@Google
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.
Our future is at stake. And 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.
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.nianticproject.com) filled with cryptic clues and secret codes awaits. The story evolves everyday. Powerful secrets and game tech are there to be unlocked.
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.
Join the investigation:
Help Center: http://support.google.com/ingress
* Control button fixes for navigation to a Portal.
* Replying to secure message from the alerts tab switches to faction tab.
* Support for Mute feature in COMM.
* Bug fixes.
* Added Inventory count.
* Detection of Jarvis Shards.
* New advanced XMP firing mode.
* Support for Very Rare Link Amps.
* Updated "Target to Portal" UI includes the Portal image.
* Support for Jarvis Virus and ADA Refactor cool down period.
* Bug fixes.
Its a blast. Join the resistance. :)
This is where I sink my time. Gets me out and walking.
I love this game, but it needs landscape support. I switch between my phone and tablet, and could really use landscape mode for the tablet. Portrait is fine for my phone.
I like it a lot.
Haven't played for weeks. Today the GPS is extremely inaccurate, moving in opposite directions, lagging behind up to 200 metres, taking minutes to update location. This is happening on two separate phones, so is not an isolated incident. Was not behaving
Game absolutely deserves 5+ stars. But NIA is spoiling the fun of game. There are legitimate senior players who play this game with ultimate passion are now banned from the game on grounds of unfair ways of playing. After making such a wonderful game NI
I recommend it , lots of fun getting out there visiting places meeting new people. Will get you out of your normal rutine and after a while you will still love it.