Gaming apps have seen great development over the past few years. The genre of augmented reality games has also been a byproduct of the advancements seen in gaming technology over the years. Pokemon Go was one of the first main-stream apps to introduce augmented reality where the world itself is the game with real-life locations posing as the main playground for the gamers. If you are on the lookout for another game which would let you play within your surroundings and provide a narrative that will motivate you to go out and play then you shouldn't be looking any further than the impressive game developed by Niantic Inc. called Ingress.
The first thing that strikes the most about Ingress is the gripping narrative and storyline. One of the most important parts of any game which attempts to use augmented reality is to have a storyline that catches attention and motivates the player to take a stroll and to go places in order to find success within the game. Ingress easily wins this by providing a very inventive narrative. The game sets itself in today's time and gives a convincing argument that a new energy has been discovered in Europe by some of the most brilliant minds of Europe. The energy is somehow capable of not just influencing but also controlling the actions of human beings. You would expect that with such a narrative, you would be given the mission to be the resistance against this force and to wage a war against this mysterious energy. However, it is here that this augmented reality game comes out on top. It gives you the choice at the very beginning to either become a part of team 'Enlightened' or a part of team 'Resistance'. The Enlightened are a group of people who think that the energy is capable of bringing more advancements and powers while the Resistance comprises of a group of people who simply believe that the energy has to be defeated if the world is to be saved. Once you make your decision at the very start, the game begins.
The gameplay itself is very great. You start out with a simple mission where you are given training. You are asked to move around etc. in order to gain some points. There are other training tasks assigned soon after and its best to complete the training in order to be best adept at playing the game from the get-go. Afterwards, you can take up other missions, find sites close to you which are the source of energy and acquire or destroy it depending on whose side you are on. There is a diverse range of missions available and the locations are perfectly described as well according to the area where you are playing. The map is great too and there is never any problem in finding the location identified on the map as a possible site for the energy source.
The great aspect of this augmented reality game apart from the gameplay is the communication portal where you can team up with other local players who are a part of your faction. You can recruit other people too by inviting your friends to the game and to play as a team. The game adds a sense of intrigue by taking it to a worldwide level as you can see how your faction is doing overall and even communicate with people all over the globe to share interesting information related to the game.
With a variety of weapons and powers all available too, there is little that the augmented reality game misses out on. Probably, the only problem is that changing your faction can take around six weeks which can be too much especially if your friends are playing for a different faction.
- Excellent storyline for the game
- Precise map locations
- Varied sites with good information on each site
- Interesting missions with nice narrative to each mission
- Good training program to ease the learning curve
- Great communication manager to talk with other players and competitors
If you are a fan of augmented reality games then you shouldn't be missing out on the joy that is Ingress. With a number of players playing and a narrative which is ever-evolving, you will be hooked instantly!