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In a surprising development, Google has launched an alternate reality game, and that too on the Android. Surprising because, one does not really associate Google as a game development company. But Google has just gone and launched Ingress as a free mobile app. Ingress is in closed beta right now, though you can request an invite at the website which is enticing enough. If you have the invite, the Google Play Store is just a step away for you to download the free Android app.

The Ingress app is like a ‘gateway’ or a portal into an alternate reality universe. But in a radical departure from other MMO games, the gameplay here is also connected to the real world where you have to physically move yourself around to collect objects and team-up with other players.

But begin by choosing between one of two sides – the Enlightened and the Resistance.  The arch nemesis (depending on the side you choose) is a mysterious all-powerful entity. The Enlightened want to embrace this power, while the Resistance want to preserve humanity the way it is. Both sides have to move through the real world to collect objects and form alliances with other players and win the ultimate goal.

The game story will constantly evolve as players ‘team up’ around the world and dictate the progress of the game on a global map. What’s interesting is that thanks to the commonality of the free Android app, the game could create communities as alliances across neighborhoods, cities, and countries will be needed to achieve the ultimate victory.

Source: Ingress via AllThingsD

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  1. Michael Jan Moratalla
    November 23, 2012 at 4:44 am

    cool is that an augmented reality game? that's nice

    • Saikat Basu
      November 24, 2012 at 5:06 am

      Yes, it is. But it has an element of a "treasure hunt adventure" game also I believe.

  2. Shmuel Mendelsohn
    November 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Surprising, but it does sound good!

  3. Andy McMullen
    November 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    This makes me want to go out and get an android phone right now.

  4. Amirul Khalis
    November 20, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Bring it on Google~ at least now spending time with friends is a lot - lot better. Better than just seeing them replying a tweet, FB comment or messaging. At lease more interaction in real life~

    • Saikat Basu
      November 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      That's a nice way of looking at it. Yes, one can meet-up and form groups to play the game I think. But do note that there are two opposing sides in the game :)

  5. Austen Gause
    November 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    is this going to be integrated into project glass or just smartphones

  6. Gary Mundy
    November 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Sounds like a great idea. I wonder how much fun it would be if the only thing I see for days on end is cattle, dogs, chickens and trees. My Border Collie is pretty smart. I could get her signed up so we could team up. Ya but she would probably join the Enlightened. She is a bit of a follower. ;~)

  7. Douglas Mutay
    November 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Awesome! This will be a great great one once completed!

  8. Nikhil Chandak
    November 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    amazing and cool !
    thanks for the article .......

  9. Alex Perkins
    November 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Couple this with a pair of Google Glasses. :-)

    • Saikat Basu
      November 19, 2012 at 5:12 am

      Hey Alex!.
      That's what I thought too. Who knows, that could come down the road. Looks just tailor made for it.

  10. Mal Tate
    November 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Now this looks kool....

  11. will
    November 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

    this is dope

  12. Brandon Clark
    November 18, 2012 at 5:19 am

    So cool!

    • Brandon Clark
      November 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      Finally got an invite key, best way to get one is to submit some form of art to Brandon Badger on either the Ingress Facebook page or link him to a Google+ post. Got mine in a couple hours this way.

      • Saikat Basu
        November 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

        Thanks for the tip there. We should see some hectic activity now :)

  13. Contest Winner
    November 18, 2012 at 5:12 am

    It wasnt a joke when they said Google is taking over the world, this is the first phase of recruiting for their army, an army of googlers.

  14. Nohl Lyons
    November 18, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Go Google!

  15. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 18, 2012 at 3:44 am

    I'm blown away with expectations. This is the sort of game I waited for, sort of like 'The World' in dotHack games. Google is the perfect company to handle virtual/reality mesh concept, with their unlimited data. Anyone play this and can write a review?

    • Saikat Basu
      November 19, 2012 at 5:11 am

      It's in closed beta right now. Though, one can sign-up and request an invite. Once it opens up to the public, someone from us will definitely write a review. It is something one should try out for a period of time.

  16. Serra Stone
    November 18, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I'm excited about this, but I really wonder how much play I am going to get living in BFE.

  17. Johann
    November 18, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Win-win. Looks like it's going to be a fun free game and Google get the public to traipse all over cities plotting their routes, taking photos etc. which will presumably be fed back into their map of the world.

    So we get to play a game, and they get to give us better maps. Seems like a decent trade-off. Just remember that in this day and age if you're not paying for something it's because you're the product, not the customer.

  18. Emmanuel
    November 17, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I know its going to be awesome since its coming from Google

    • Douglas Mutay
      November 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Yeah! without any doubt! Google has always show how powerful they are by stepping ahead other and innovating! Thumbs up!

  19. Adam
    November 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I got in thanks to a kind redditor, and it's awesome. Here's the unoffical wiki, if your interested. http://niantic.schlarp.com/

    Join the Resistance!

    • Saikat Basu
      November 19, 2012 at 5:09 am

      Let us know how it's turning out for you.

  20. Gary Callaghan
    November 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    This looks great, I signed up on the site. I agree with Alan, Google has the best shot at putting this kind of game out there and I for one can't wait to see what it's all about.

  21. Kismet
    November 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Sounds good... Where do I get an invite code?

    • Paul-G
      November 19, 2012 at 1:16 am

      Are you serious?

      From the above text (paragraph 1) "Ingress is in closed beta right now, though you can request an invite at the website which is enticing enough."

      • Kismet
        November 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        Yeah that was obvious and many including myself have taken that route long before this article was written... Applying for a code and actually being given one is two different things. There communities that have 50 or more codes to give away. I was hoping someone had some..

    • Saikat Basu
      November 19, 2012 at 5:08 am

      You don't need one from here. Jump into the site and join in.

  22. Raj Bhag
    November 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Googe. Once again showing that they are the best. A truly revolutionary company.

  23. Abdelkader Hadjaissa
    November 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    it's a great concept

  24. Adam Campbell
    November 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    this is pretty cool, and I think that google has the best shot at pioneering this type of mmog. the concept of combining virtual and physical worlds has always been difficult to wrap ones mind around...

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