So let me tell you about this beautiful, open world app staring you, and my first experience with it.
So after seeing this app about 2 hours ago (at time of writing) I saw it was free and decided “Ehh, why not, I’ve got nothing better to do today.” So I downloaded this app, put it on my phone, signed in with my sexy google account, and started.
First off this app does a good job of making me feel like I’m walking around hacking and boy I wish I could say that without making me sound like I do nothing but sit on my ass and eat cheetos all day, but I digress. The goal is you’re supposed to walk around your neighborhood, find portals, and hack them, rinse repeat. It did a good job of getting me off of my ass and walking around my neighborhood.
So I get up and decide I’ll go for a walk in my Matte Black Metallica T-Shirt in 400 billion degree weather. Now, the app says portals are usually found at famous landmarks and things. Being where I live, there aren’t too many landmarks, but it was enough I had three portals within 1km of me. So I let the app do its thing and it scanned the area to tell me where they were, and I noticed the first was 200m away from me, so I walked over there and I immediately recognized it as my local church. The portal itself was located smack-dab in the middle of the actual building, meaning I had to walk inside the church, press hack, wait around a bit, then walk out. But the thin is the church was crowded with people, and my predominately atheist self wearing my Metallica shirt with skulls and other stuff that probably wouldn’t fly in a church, I decided I’d skip this one and take a walk to the next one which was about 850m away. It was at this point, walking away from the church that I thought: “This feels like a sandbox game, like watchdogs or something, but instead of some unfeeling protagonist who steals cars and drives over old ladies, I’m myself, with self-consciousness issues.”.
So anyway I walked to the next portal and this one, get this, was also another church, though this church had a huge outdoor section, and had few people there so I managed to sneak by and wait in the outdoor area for a bit so my hack could be completed. This’ll sound weird, but I felt a sense of accomplishment. I had just stealthed my way through a bunch of guards to complete some important hack, and then snuck back out and no one was the wiser. Now that I remember it though, there was one guy who might have noticed but he was re-painting the sign and I don’t think he gave a shit.
I then started making my way to the third one which was quite a far ways out, but then I got to open road and I’d rather not risk getting run over just to have another hack.
If you ever wanted to feel like you were on some secret mission or something, hacking for the greater good (or evil if that’s your thing), then this is definitely worth the download.
tl;dr: Download this motherfucker.