ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A popular Google app that helps people explore cities around the world is picking up some steam here in Albuquerque. All you need is your smart phone to play the GPS-based game Ingress that will take you on adventures all across Albuquerque to different landmarks.
“I’m getting a chance to see some wonderful artwork, the murals, the sculptures that we have around the city, often hidden from view when you’re just driving around,” said Jim Corveddu, an Ingress player.
Corveddu has been playing Ingress for a couple of weeks, and in that time, he’s already walked over 50 miles. He was at Altura Park, near Indian School and Washington, Friday afternoon with his phone in hand to play Ingress.
“It’s like a combination of capture the flag and geocaching,” said Paul Cochrell, a competing Ingress player who also showed up at Altura Park to play the game.
“You get to see lots of cool places. There’s a lot of artwork and murals around here that I wouldn’t known existed had it not been for Ingress,” Cochrell said.
The premise of Ingress involves a complex science fiction background, but it involves two competing teams, a blue team and a green team.
“For me, it’s about meeting people and getting out walking and seeing things I may not have seen had I not been playing,” Cochrell said.
About six million people play Ingress around the world. Parks, historical markers, churches and libraries are some of the places players are getting acquainted with.
Ingress originally debuted for Android devices, but as of July, it is compatible with Apple.