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Ingress – An Android Game Silently Becoming Popular in Sri Lanka

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Ingress is a real life location based augmented reality game, developed by NianticLabs@Google.

Recently the Ingress activity has seen some momentum in Sri Lanka, specially in Colombo suburbs and in Kandy. There are many activities detected all over the country.

The gameplay consists of establishing “portals” at places of public art, landmarks, cenotaphs, etc., and linking them to create virtual triangular fields over geographic areas. Progress in the game is measured by the number of Mind Units, i.e. people, nominally controlled by each faction (as illustrated on the Intel Map). The necessary links between portals may range from meters to kilometers, or to hundreds of kilometers in operations of considerable logistical complexity. International links and fields are not uncommon, as Ingress has attracted an enthusiastic following in cities worldwide amongst both young and old, to the extent that the gameplay is itself a lifestyle for some, including tattoos.

Ingress in Sri Lanka

Ingress in Sri Lanka

A possible portal looks like this:

Portal

So there are two teams known as Resistance(Blue) and Enlightened(Green). And they fight over capturing and establishing their strong hold around the cities.

Players actually need to go to the real location marked on the map to interact with a portal. So it really is a time consuming and tiresome game, but a good game if you are traveling in vehicle and you often get caught in traffic.

So each player has a user level, which increases with the activities you do in Ingress. So people destroy portals and capture an enemy portal and do all those other stuff to gain point and to level up. The higher level player gets the liberty of using more powerful weapons and items.

Also there is a real time COMM chat system, helping each faction to communicate with each others and to get real time update on what is happening around them in Ingress.

Resistance Meetup near Word Trade Centre. Photo credit - Thilanka Niroshana

Resistance Meetup near Word Trade Centre. Photo credit – Thilanka Niroshana

Also people become friends with same faction and they do get together often not only to meet but also to engage  in larger missions and fun stuffs. Going on trips to unveil hidden and unknown portals and create control fields to show their power are really fun.

Here is some of major Ingress operations that went over the country to capture large area of land by both factions.

Operation – From North with Love
Faction – Resistance
Reference - https://plus.google.com/+GaveenPrabhasara/posts/9LE8KwPHaNh
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Operation – Coast2Coast
Faction – Enlightened
Reference – https://plus.google.com/118118346515377811509/posts/PCEbg4EKqF1

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✮ Top Game of 2013 at Google Play Player’s Choice Awards.
✮ Best Android Strategy Game Runner-up at Android Central Best of 2013 Awards
✮ One of the Best Android Apps of 2013 – Gizmag

Resource : Ingress Sri Lanka G+ Community , Ingress Official Site

Google Play Store : Download the Game Here

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