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

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

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

    Article Link: Google Launches iOS Version of Multiplayer Augmented Reality Game 'Ingress'
  2. macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2003
    Alberta, Canada
  3. macrumors 68020

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    First time that I've heard of it. Looks very cool. I like how it encourages people to get out into the world.


    I would think so, yes. Gold mine of info for Google.

    (hey, did you get your Mac Pro super bucket yet?)
  4. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    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.)
  5. macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2008
    I know a few people who play this game. They enjoy it. There's a community around this game, those that play get to meet new people in the process.

    I'm sure there will be most posts re: "OMG Google's tricking people into being tracked by playing a game" but the truth is that Google was always able to track you (on Android). The point here is that this game, which is a sleeper hit among the Android crowd, now is on iOS, which will help expand the game community further. I think that's great.
  6. macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2011
    How else does Google make their money? :)
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
  8. macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2012
    This isn't about tracking people, it's about ground truthing for Google Maps. A bit like ReCAPTCHA moved on from digitising books to identifying street numbers.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2013
    Where is the augmented reality in this game? Context aware does not automatically mean AR.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    Ha. Non-starter.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2014
    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.
  12. macrumors member


    May 28, 2014
    Zurich, Switzerland
  13. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2007
    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.
  14. macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2012
  15. macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2012
    Impressed up until it told me to walk to a portal. Then I just closed the app and watched cat videos on YouTube. Couldn't be bothered to leave my house today.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
    Doesn't seem to work in iOS 8 if anyone was wondering. closes immediately for me.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
  18. macrumors 6502


    Jan 16, 2012
    Nottingham, UK
    Is anyone having trouble running this on a jailbroken device? Every time I launch the app on jailbroken iOS 6, it shows the splash screen for about a second, then crashes to the home screen.

    Since there is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to spoof your location (which would give you an unfair advantage), do you think the deliberately disabled it from running on jailbroken devices?
  19. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2007
    Seems plausible. It runs fine on my non-jailbroken iPhone.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2013
    Same here, note to other developers using iOS 8 (beta 3) on an AT&T iPhone 5 is crashing immediately after splash screen.
  21. macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2007
    Kaiserslautern, Germany
    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.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2013
    When that happened I first noticed it on a blog. I was rather tempted to sit there hitting refresh until my house number showed up. ;)
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    This game is the reason I was looking forward to the larger iPhone 6. It will suck if the big new iPhone is really delayed.

    I'm a long-time player of the game. What's cool about the game is that it gets you out to see places in your city you probably haven't seen before. Also helps promote exercise since you physically have to go to the locations. I've met lots of new people in my area playing the game.

    Give the game a try! If you do, be sure to try and connect with experienced players in your area. They will help introduce you to the community of players in your area.
  24. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011

    Now that Shadowcities is completely dead this product should have no trouble at all.
  25. macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009

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