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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated a year ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Ingress (also known as Ingress Prime) is an adventure game that uses your smartphone's GPS to locate you in a game world that correlates with reality. You interact with virtual "portals" located near statues, monuments, civic and historic buildings in your real world. They act as

You play as a character in one of two factions (the green Enlightened and the blue Resistance) who are fighting to control a new powerful technology. The Resistance sees it as a potential threat and the Enlightened want to embrace it.

Play is similar to geocaching but with a tactical capture the flag element. You use a game map on your smartphone screen to find and coordinate takeovers of enemy portals with other players. This is done by walking, biking, or driving, to within 40 metres and "hacking" it by selecting this option on their scanners. There are specific missions to visit specific places in the game world (by going to the correlating location in the real world).

This basic set-up sets the scene for complex and co-ordinated player tactics, as well as a plethora of other strategic items to collect and levelling up. It's an unusual game for its real-world movement and travelling.

The mobile app has been downloaded more than 20 million times worldwide as of November 2018, and led to a hugely popular series of games:
  • Ingres (2013)
  • Pokemon Go (2016) on iOS and Android
  • Ingress Prime (2017) on iOS and Android, updated with a superhero aesthetic and story.
  • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (2019) on iOS and Android, with a Harry Potter theme.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/12/2013

Platforms: Android and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Players: 1 (1000 online)

Genres: Physically Active, Strategy (Adventure, Role-Play and Simulation)

Developer: Niantic Labs (@NianticLabs)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour to play a round of this game. It's not a game you can beat due to the real-world nature and ever change political battle.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 1000-player online game. As many players as there are in your location.

Cross-Platform: Play with people across iOS and Android.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
You can purchase CMU packs in the game used to purchase premium Boost items: Apex, Beacon, Portal Fracker and Capsule items Key Locker. These help you progress in the game. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Ingress Prime Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@NianticLabs) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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