Just yesterday, Google’s Niantic Labs launched their hit Android real-world adventure game — Ingress — onto the iOS App Store for the first time ever at no cost. Downloaded more than 4 million times on Android, iOS gamers can now join forces with a massive global community of Ingress agents for seamless cross-platform play. What makes the game unique is that it uses geo-location technology in mobile devices to make the world into a virtual game. Real world locations ranging from historical sites, landmarks, parks and artwork become different “Portals” for Agents to capture and control, encouraging players to get active and moving. Players can either side with the Enlightened or the Resistance factions, then both iOS and Android players can engage through cross-platform action.
From what we were told, in the first half of 2014 players have also achieved some pretty impressive milestones in the real world. For a quick rundown, be sure to check the list below.
- During Ingress live events coordinated by Niantic Labs in 2014, more than 12,300 Agents have gathered in 65 cities across the globe – from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Amsterdam, Netherlands; Auckland, New Zealand to Ishinomaki, Japan.
- More than 74,000 miles (more than three times the circumference of Earth) have been walked, ran and biked during the 65 live events hosted around the world.
- Agents around the world in 2014 have made more than 22,400,000 in-game actions (hacking) while visiting “Portals” disguised as real-world art, architecture and landmarks.
Interested? Ingress is available to download on the App Store for free by clicking here.