Ingress: The Easiest Thing To Compare It To Would Be A Huge Game Of Capture The Flag

Ingress is an Android-only, Augmented Reality Massive Multi-Player Online Game from Google. It’s currently in closed beta, with access as invite-only. If you’re interested in joining, request your invite at

It’s highly addicting, and that’s saying something considering I’m not much of a gamer. What’s different? Ingress is a game entirely built on augmented reality; that is, the virtualization of game elements played out in the real world. Nothing like pulling back a slingshot and rocketing birds at pigs. Instead, in Ingress, you travel around your neighborhood, city, and virtually anywhere else, interacting with locations in the real world via the game.

Like any game, there are good guys and bad guys. In Ingress, it’s “The Resistance” vs. “The Enlightened”. When you join, you pick a side and join forces with other players around you and around the world. Think about it as if you combined XBox Live, your Android phone, the game itself, and the world around you.

And what’s the point, you ask? I’m still not entirely sure I know the actual answer. The easiest thing to compare it to would be a huge game of Capture The Flag. You want to hold down strategic positions, while defending them from your enemy, all while trying to capture their positions at the same time. Like they say in the trailer video above: Not all mysteries are solvable, but the joy comes in the pursuit.”

Ingress is still in closed beta, so you’ll need to request an invite at While you wait, check out the screenshots from the game, below.


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