The world around you is not what it seems
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 26 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One S
Completely free, online multiplayer, interesting plot, unusual game play
Kills your battery
A mysterious force known as exotic matter (XM) is leaking into our world. It is believed that XM is starting to shape minds. The Enlightened believe that this represents the next stage of human evolution. The Resistance believes in preserving what freedom humanity has left. Which side will you choose? The only way of seeing XM is to download the package Ingress for Android. Ingress will allow you to use your device as a scanner. With Ingress, you'll be able to see this hidden activity all around you, and the current state of play between the two warring factions of humanity. Ingress will also give you the tools necessary to join the fight.
Whichever side you choose you will need to move around in the real world to locate and interact with portals. Portals are often located in public art or architecture; as this is where XM tends to accumulate. By locating and hacking into portals, you'll acquire items for destroying enemy portals, and claiming portals for your side. In Ingress, a portal needs 8 resonators around it to link with other portals. Portals need periodic recharging. Portals with higher level resonators are harder to hack or destroy; and can form links over greater distances. Many international links exist. By linking 3 portals, you create triangular fields, which wins the human population in that area over to your side.
You'll find that teamwork is really important in Ingress for Android. You can use your scanner to communicate with other agents in your area. You may find joining the struggle will also help you discover in interesting things outside in your area. It may give you one more reason to go out for a run. It would be even cooler if Ingress scanner technology could allow us to really see XM energy and portals in the world, through the cameras on our devices, using augmented reality. But the map based interface is functional, fun to use, and very innovative. It's neat that you can suggest new portals. It's good to see a widget, with the status of your local cell, but there's room to include more meaningful stats; and different size widgets would be better. I would certainly encourage you to download Ingress and join a side. The fate of humanity is in your hands.