Appy Hour: Ingress
Price: Free but this app is invite-only, so it may be a few weeks before you receive your invitation after signing up.
“The world around you is not what it seems” warns the text on the Ingress website. There is another lifeform coming to Earth. Will you greet them as one of the Enlightend or fight them as part of the Resistance?
This virtual reality game gives you the option to choose which side to take: Enlightenment or Resistance. You then battle other smartphone-wielding Ingress users to “take over” historical and public landmarks around your town. Each landmark is referred to as a portal. In order to “hack” a portal, you need to be physically within 40 meters of the landmark. Then you tap the landmark on your phone. You gain experience by taking over unclaimed portals and forcing the other side to relinquish their hold on a landmark they had previously claimed.
I am not usually interested in games, but Ingress is exhilarating! My spouse and I will visit another town and then go around kicking our rivals off the portals so we can take them over. This gives us a chance to see historical landmarks and encourages us to exercise as we walk around to places inaccessible by car. Occasionally, we will receive an incoming taunt on our Ingress screen as a rival posts that they are going to undo our work. My spouse has made several friends on the local Ingress forum as players from our team get together to strategize.
I would not recommend this game for people who have difficulty with mobility. Or anyone who is not up for a challenge. If you are, then sign up for your invitation today!
More information can be found here.
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