Google launches augmented reality game Ingress on iOS

By , Jul 14, 2014

Ingress 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Ingress 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

The Internet giant Google earlier in the year ported its near-real time augmented reality massively multiplayer online pervasive game, Ingress, to Android and now the app is available on iOS as well.

The free iPhone and iPad game uses your location and real-world objects in your near vicinity to provide various clues and transform your world into the landscape for a “global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition”

You must basically visit real-world landmarks in order to establish portals of sorts. The catch: you must consider various locations around you carefully because the game challenges you to link the portals in order to create virtual triangular fields over larger geographic areas.

Created by Niantic Labs, a startup within Google, the game features a complex science fiction back story with a continuous open narrative.

From the blurb:

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.

Because it’s a multiplayer game, people often group together to link portals spanning hundreds of miles.

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Highlights:

  • 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.

Download Ingress free in the App Store.

The 43.7MB universal app requires iOS 5.0 or later.

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  • sriram varadarajulu

    any idea what they used to achieve this? was it vuforia or something else?

    • Mismatch

      Actually idb kinda messed up with titling this page. Ingress is a ALTERNATIVE reality game not an AUGMENTED reality game. Vuforia wasn’t used at all in its development.

      • sriram varadarajulu

        oooh.. Thanks for the info.. got kinda disappointed there :(

  • Aaron de Silva

    Anyone else noticed that there’s a related keyword suggestion when searching for apps on the App Store?

  • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

    Question: If I play this game is Google going to record my location all of the time?

    • deepdvd

      Of course. Sounds like this app isn’t a fit for you.

    • Brian May

      Not all the time. Just when playing. But this is an awesome game. Been waiting for a year for this. Was playing the unofficial ports last summer until my device was flagged.

  • http://www.liam-merlyn.co.uk/ ConduciveMammal

    Ported it to Android? What was it using initially? Or have I misunderstood the first paragraph?

  • David Hvilivitzki

    Can play it with a GPS location faker…..

  • Aaron de Silva

    Thanks!!

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Have fun while we build a profile on your whereabouts…smart spyware.

  • Benjamin

    It’s a good game. I used ~70 megabytes of cellular data for this in about 16 hours of gaming in 4 days. This is the negative thing I can say.