App of the week: Ingress, an augmented reality game

"Ingress". (HO)

, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:37 PM ET

Thousands of Android smartphone owners have been playing it for months now. Ingress, Google’s Niantic Labs augmented reality and massively multiplayer mobile game, just landed on iOS. It’s now the iPhone’s turn to collect exotic matter and discover new portals.

INGRESS

An augmented reality, massively multiplayer game for smartphones, Ingress uses geolocation to identify "exotic matter" which the player collects to use on portals, which are actually local landmarks and other interesting locations throughout the city.

WHAT IT’S FOR

A fun and interactive way to walk around town. In the game, players must join one of two factions: one which believes this exotic matter energy is useful and must be collected, the other who deems it must be destroyed.

DOES IT WORK?

Ingress was developed by the same people who created Google Earth and Google Maps and it’s very well done. The new iOS version works on both the iPhone and iPad. And it's cross-platform as you can play with people using the Android version as well.

WHAT’S MISSING?

Precise geolocation is sometimes defective, making it difficult to collect items. Some neighbourhoods have no nearby portals.

VERDICT

A good game if you happen to be in a region where people play it a lot and there are several portals and items.

PLATFORM

Android, iOS

PRICE

Free


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