Ingress, Google?s pioneering entry into the world of augmented reality games, has finally been made available to all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users on Monday. Understandably, this game has been enjoyed by techy Android users for quite a while and now, and now, gamers from the iOS platform will also be able to jump in with the geeky fun.
For the unaware, Ingress is a near-real time, massively multiplayer online reality game where players need to choose a side between two rival factions; the Enlightened and the Resistance. Members of each group need to battle and collect the mysterious ?Exotic Matter.? These are located in actual, real-life places so players need to travel physically to get to those locations and ?capture? them.
?Portals? which contain the Exotic Matter are either gray (unclaimed), green (Enlightened), or blue (Resistance). The goal of the game is to capture as many portals for a player?s faction as possible. Each time players capture one, they will be rewarded with Access Points.
Ingress is developed by Niantic Labs, an internal startup within Google Inc. This game studio has been founded and headed by John Hanke. He is credited for developing software for 3D visualizations which later became known as Google Earth. The game?s Android edition was released on December last year. The Ingress iOS version arrived to the App Store without much of an announcement, except for this little post published by Niantic Labs? Fevenis Silverwind on his Google+ account.
Here is the official description of Ingress as it appears on the new App Store listing:
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.
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.
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.
For those who become interested about Ingress after reading this, tackle that curiosity by heading to their respective Android and iOS pages here: