AUTHOR: Niantic labs, a Google-owned mobile start up.
DESCRIPTION: After last week’s Alt-Minds, the alternate reality game produced by Orange, here is another foray into the genre, this time by Google. A new source of energy has been discovered by scientists. You are part of the Resistance or the Enlightened, two groups which have opposite views as to what to do with this energy. The goal is to hack the “portals”, the points of entry of the energy before the other one. Since it is a location-based game, you will have to walk all over town to complete the missions. The Niantic Project website will help you in your task by displaying new informations on a virtual corkboard as the game progresses. Ingress is currently invite-only but you can request an invite here. It is only available for Android but an iOS version is apparently in the works.
AMUSEMENT RATE: Looks like ARGs have a promising future! I don’t really understand how the whole location-based thing works: will we have to travel to specific location, is the game only going to be interesting in certain areas? No idea. We’ll have to wait for the game to become publicly available to find out. Meanwhile, get ready to see even more people wandering around glued to their smartphone. As if we didn’t have enough of those already.