Ingress Prime Review

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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: Andy 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 co-ordinate take-overs 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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/12/2013

Platforms: Android and iOS.

Genres: Adventure, Physically Active, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy.

 

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: 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.
 
Players: You can play this with 1000 players online. As many players as there are in your location.

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

CostsCosts

This game is free to start playing, but requires payment to continue at some point. 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.

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.


This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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