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It's an extremely fun concept, walking around and building up an 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 kills the fun. 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 most portals. See More
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. See More
Ingress will get you out and about, walk, bike, drive, swim, float or otherwise. You will notice more of your surroundings, more artwork and interesting places. You will explore areas to find potential new points of interest. It will also get you fitter in the meantime. See More
Great for exploration and physical activity thanks to how much the game asks the user to travel around
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. See More
Officially sanctioned anomaly events are hosted in cities around the world. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of players gather to try and dominate for their faction. Check the Ingress event page as well as the Ingress Google+ page for more info. See More
The Pokémon team grouped up with Nyantic Labs (creators of Ingress) for Pokémon GO. Nyantic Labs is affiliated with Google, and use Google's data to create a vast database of public areas. The partnership with the Pokemon Team allows Pokemon GO to use Ingress data to have a rich experience right out of the gate, sharing many of the same points of interest. See More
Pokemon GO takes place in the world around you, and invites you to go out and explore the area. There are Pokestops which offer items, and these Pokestops are typically interesting places such as libraries, churches, parks, etc. Pokemon also typically stay in regions which appeal to them, water Pokemon show up more frequently around ponds or lakes, while normal Pokemon (Mouth, Ratatta, and Eevee) show up more in urban areas. See More
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