A revolutionary augmented reality game from Google that is truly free-to-play, as there is no upfront cost or in-app-purchases.
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Pro Enveloping real-world gameplay
Ingress is an augmented reality game, so you have to move around the real world to progress in the game, with all that it entails - weather, time of day, city density, etc. The game will follow your movement through your devices GPS, meaning it works in real time and considers all of the surrounding environment. This makes for a situation that feels all that more real due to traveling in the real-world.
Pro Great for exploration and physical activity
Ingress will get you out and about, walk, bike, drive, swim, float or otherwise. You will notice more of your surroundings, more artworks and interesting places. You will explore areas to find potential new points of interest. It will also get you fitter in the meantime.
Pro Helps teach cryptography
Niantic posts daily storyline updates containing passcodes solvable with common cryptographic principles for in-game items. Loads of fun, helps you get gear, and lets you learn a thing or two about classical crypto and encodings.
Pro Great way to meet new people
Meeting new people through a game is a very new concept, and it helps to increase your social circle and gives you a reason to get out of your house and discover your local area.
Con Congested areas are already dominated
It's an extremely fun concept, walking around and building up affinity with local nodes to you. However, the fun comes to an abrupt stop when a wandering high-level player, in one visit, levels your affinity and puts you in a position where you have no hope of affecting their control. The long-term and serious players leave new players with very little recourse. Completely killed the fun for me. Though if left untended the whole area will be neutral again in around 7 days. There is also a way to gain Experience (AP) off enemy portals.
While being a problem it does appear to be an isolated issue that can be rectified by working in groups. Even when that is not possible there should still be enough density of portals to allow low level players to achieve higher levels that then can affect
Con Poor interface
It's a pain to manage 2000 keys manually without any option of group operation on them. This is not an issue at first, but as the players key collection adds up, it becomes a lot more difficult to manage.
Con Cheating is extremely prevalent
People use multiple accounts/devices and GPS spoofing in some regions, which makes it difficult if not impossible to take points away from them.
Con Drains battery quickly
The game requires players to walk around real life locations using mobile data and GPS for periods of time, which is a massive battery drain. Don't expect to get more than a couple of hours gaming outside from most smartphones.
Con Requires data plan and location
This game, or any game with the same concepts, cannot be used without both a data plan and location.
That being said, the game works fine over a wifi connection, which is useful if you can sweet-talk portal owners into giving you the password.
Con Now has In-App purchases
With the most recent updates, Niantic have introduced a number of game items that are only available via in-app purchase.