Ingress Prime



    Ingress Prime's review

    Published: 2013-01-03, by Peter Warrior.

    Google's own geocatching game

    • Hey, Google's into gaming!
    • Free, no ads
    • Battery drainer
    • Invited-only

    "Is this what everybody is talking about?"

    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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    by Peter , Appszoom

    Jan 03, 2013


    Welcome to the world of Ingress Prime, Agent. The fate of this universe, and perhaps others, depends on you. The discovery of Exotic Matter (XM), a resource of unknown origin, has sparked a covert struggle between two Factions. Cutting-edge XM technologies have completely transformed the Ingress Scanner, and it is now waiting for you to join this battle.

    Explore the world around you and interact with places of cultural significance—such as public art installations, landmarks, and monuments—to collect valuable resources using your Ingress Scanner.

    Fight for the Faction you believe in. Harness the power of XM to evolve mankind and discover our true destiny with The Enlightened, or protect humanity from a hostile takeover of the mind with The Resistance.

    Dominate territories by linking Portals and creating Control Fields to achieve victory for your Faction.

    Strategize and communicate with fellow Agents in your neighborhood and around the world.

    Agents must be over 13 years old (for residents outside of the European Economic Area); or over 16 years old or such age needed to consent to the processing of personal data in the Agent's country of residence (for residents of the European Economic Area). Unfortunately, no children may play Ingress.

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