Ingress has been available on Android since November 2012, and since November 2012, iOS users have wanted it. Well, the wait is finally over. Today Niantic Lab (Google) released Ingress for both iPad and iPhone. It’s free to download and play, and it’s a great community builder. Personally, I’ve not played much (I downloaded it when it first came out and I got my invite, but I never really got into it). Our managing editor Brandon Spruill, though, is a hard-core player and loves Ingress. This is a day he’s been waiting for since before we started GadgtSpot, and has made that known throughout multiple meetings. Below you’ll find the description of the game from iTunes.
Ingress transforms the real world into the landscape for a global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition.
Our future is at stake. You must choose a side.
A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.
“The Enlightened” seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us. “The Resistance” struggle to defend, and protect what’s left of our humanity.
Install Ingress and transform your world.
The World is the Game
Move through the real world using your iOS device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of this mysterious energy. Acquire objects to aid in your quest, deploy tech to capture territory, and ally with other players to advance the cause of the Enlightened or the Resistance.
The struggle is being played out globally. Track the progress of players around the world, plan your next steps, and communicate with others using an Intelligence map.
The struggle to save the planet spans the entire world. Groups of people acting together can be more effective than individuals acting alone. Cooperation across neighborhoods, cities, and countries will be needed to achieve the ultimate victory.
Join the investigation
Help Center: http://support.google.com/ingress
What do you think about this release? Android users, are you happy your iOS brethren (even though they are the red-headed step children) finally are joining you? Or do you think this should have stayed an Android exclusive? And are you a hard-core player, someone who plays in their spare time, or have never heard of the app? Well, either way, let us know in the comments below! You can find Ingress on iTunes and Google Play for free. So, go, download, and play!