Google Launches iOS Version of Multiplayer Augmented Reality Game 'Ingress'

Google's mobile-augmented reality game Ingress today launched for iOS devices, coming seven months after the game's general release on Android. The title's product manager confirmed last October that an iOS version of the game was in the works after a closed beta saw over ten thousand active players a month and one million total activations.

The title's story centers around The Enlightened and The Resistance, two factions who compete against each other to unlock clues about a mystical technology. Events in the game progress in real-time as Google delivers new clues each week, while players claim local landmarks in the real-world to earn points for their respective team.

The World is the Game
Move through the real world using your iOS 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.

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.

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Ingress is a free app for iOS devices and can be downloaded through the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Top Rated Comments

iLilana Avatar
129 months ago
hey

does this qualify as tracking software?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MoxFulder Avatar
129 months ago
Needs Google+ account - deleted.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nagromme Avatar
129 months ago
These AR games always seem to fall flat, yet there's something promising in the concept--whether this is a winner or not, I hope the experiments continue!

(The most promising that I've see is Seek 'N' Spell, but that doesn't depend on a worldwide playerbase--you set up a local game as desired.)

I'm at least interested to check it out. I'm having a hard time Googling for serious reviews of the game; I can only find "stories" about it existing. I guess app store reviews will have to do. (Or TouchArcade may step up to the task.)

Hopefully you don't need a Google account to play (another way they can associate your real-world movements, habits, and identity with your online searches, relationships, and purchasing). But if you do... it's easy enough to create a new one. (Although I'm sure Google is smart about tying multiple accounts together into one "master dossier" of info. All they'd need is to notice that I play this game from the same IP address as I check my "real" account's GMail from.)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jdawgnoonan Avatar
129 months ago
Unfortunately in this game, iOS users are at a disadvantage due to the weak battery life of our devices :(

It looks pretty graphics intensive, and combined with the location usage I'd be lucky to get 45 minutes out of my iPhone 5's battery playing this.

Another thing: they shouldn't have bothered putting the faction choice in the iOS version. Should have just been "Enlightened" automatically.

It eats a lot of battery on my Nexus 5 as well. Most people who play carry a power brick. A lot of people play.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Deagon Avatar
129 months ago
it's a great game. Makes you really get out and explore. You will learn a lot about ur local areas history and key community places.
Just glad now I don't have to lug around my Nexus 7 everywhere to play.
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ErikGrim Avatar
129 months ago
Needs Google+ account - deleted.

Ha. Non-starter.
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