So the premise of this idea is Domination style play (my favorite Unreal Tournament game type http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unreal_Tournament under 'Game Types'). That is, two teams compete trying to control points on the map. The big kicker here is the map is the real world.

I've played through the tutorial now and have gone for a walk to collect XM (the energy currency in the game), and I enjoy it. I just wish there was more to do (or that I could walk to some control points).

Thoughts so far:

* the tutorial gets you to walk outside which is nice, but makes it very hard to hear what you are supposed to do (bring headphones, or stare close at the screen to read the tiny text).
* the text is small on the game, and the controls for the interface are rough (I had a problem getting through one of the tutorial missions just because I couldn't select two different control points correctly -- I'm sure there must be better ways to do it, but it wasn't obvious).
* the game also just dumps you in after the tutorial missions w/o much guidance. You just need to go find some control points in a blank map (I had to get on my computer to realize there weren't any within a couple miles of my house... ugh).
* want moar control points!!! Supposedly you can take pictures of other pieces of art (geo-tagged) and ask for them to be added to the game. I haven't figured out how to yet. Once I do, I'll try to get some closer ones in a couple parks that are nearby.
* needs more direction... most games have this down. They need to direct you in what you can do next... always.
* also, they asked you to pick a side without much introduction to either (and you can only ask to switch once after that first pick)... Not sure it really matters. But I was glad I went to my computer before picking. Thus I picked the currently loosing side in my area (much more fun to attack the enemy and rally from behind).

Guess I need to go read the more of the backstory at http://www.nianticproject.com/

I really want to like this game. So I'll try more... :)

jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/10/2013 at 05:06pm

Looking forward to when it comes to iPhone. Or I switch to Android, whenever that will be.

Can you play it on an Android tablet... Well I guess GPS and 3G is kind of a requirement...

beansmyname   Supporter wrote on 01/12/2013 at 04:43am

I got into the beta about a month ago and, sadly, have not had much of an opportunity to jump in (weather, work, time constraints).

Are you finding it difficult to participate as a late-comer? I'm curious because I'm still level 1 after a month and have been dreading having to grind for a week or two.

hardeyez   Post Author wrote on 01/22/2013 at 05:13pm

I'm finding it more difficult to participate because the control points are so far away :( I really need to figure out how to snap pics of some close statues/art and get them added to the game. I'd play more if I could just walk over to some of them instead of having to drive somewhere (which I don't want to burn gas on a game...)

jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/22/2013 at 05:14pm

I guess Ingress would make more sense if you lived or worked in a city.

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