Ingress – a few impressions

“Ingress Time!” by AtokNiiro

A few days ago, I told you that I had been invited to the Ingress beta, but was unable to test the game until my brand spanking new Nexus 4 would arrive. Well, the beautiful phone is in my possession since last Saturday, and I had some time to play around with Ingress. I will not provide you with a full-blown review, but just with a few impressions gathered during my few hours of hacking and (failing hard at) attacking Portals.


Innovation in Ingress

Phones are no longer just devices to call one another. Wait, that’s old news? Well excuse me for trying to find at least some way to start this post. Psh, grumpy little readers. Alright, let’s get to the point then: I got an Ingress invite, and I want to tell you about that. You happy now?

Anyway, Ingress. Yep, the ARG developed by Google has reached my smartphone as well, and after a dozen crashes (which are the fault of my phone), I was able to complete the tutorial and join the Enlightened (because it sounds cooler than “the Resistance” and green is awesome). So far, it looks like a nifty little game, which my phone doesn’t allow me to play. Fortunately, I should be the owner of this little beauty by the end of the week, so then I will hit the town and paint it green.

It looks like a somewhat more innovative ARG so far, but I’m curious to see how it plays out. According to the Intel map, my hometown has quite some Portals which are fought over bitterly. I’m eager to join the fight!

In the mean time, I’m curious to hear about your experiences with this little game so far. Anything a freshly Enlightened like me should know? Any wisdom you have to share? Hit me up, as I prepare to bring the Shapers to this world…