Not without its issues, but it’s still doable and it’ll take you around some portals which aren’t covered by other banners.
The main problems are the number of waypoints, which Prime doesn’t seem to like very much - and “hack in any order”, which also sucks in Prime because you can’t navigate to portals, so you have to just hope you can find the first one and don’t end up doing them all out of order.
Don’t try to do this when it’s freezing cold and chucking it down with rain - I promise you that you will not enjoy it. That’s largely because there’s too much standing around messing about with waypoints and not enough walking. Still, a good quick banner (45 mins must be a record for 18!) and probably fine on a nice day.
Nice quick way to get 24 missions, and a good picture, just don’t expect to get a strenuous walk out of it- there’s a lot of standing around trying to choose the right waypoint out of 4 which are usually all right on top of each other. My Fitbit didn’t even recognise that I was exercising at any point!
Yeah, there’s some drift around by the South Station, but it didn’t add too much to the journey, and I was still done in under 90 minutes. Decent route covering some portals you won’t get on other banners, and plenty more which have been added since the route was designed. But mostly - nice picture!
There could be a lovely banner to be made in Jönköping, but this isn’t it - you basically go round the Radhus Park in circles for 3 missions, then take a little stroll down the Main Street and you’re done. There are now several hundred portals just in the main town and many more a bit further out - so a much longer banner would be more than possible! Having said that, this is an easy way to get 6 missions done quickly :)
Great banner, just don’t expect to complete it in 2 hours if you’re Resistance and you can’t bear to walk past green P8’s! 3.5 hours and my entire stack of bursters later...
Oh, also - if you’re umming and ahhing between this one and the Yorkshire Rose banner, bear in mind that although this one technically uses fewer unique portals, you will walk past lots of others too - I got about 175 UPVs whilst doing this.
Nice banner - not necessarily my favourite picture but the opening half around Holland Park is an absolutely gorgeous walk, and was a great way to pick up some uniques without going too far from Central London.
After this we enter into more familiar territory, heading through Kensington and finishing up by the South Ken museums. Finished it in 2 hours 20, and that was even despite some signal problems in Holland Park.
First up - what a lovely picture. I knew I had to do this one as soon as I saw it , but it also helped that it is the banner with the most unique portals that I could find when looking through.
Takes you on a nice tour past the football stadium (surprisingly interesting) and down through some lesser-visited parts of the town where you see a bit of real Athens life, before passing through the usual Syntagma Square waypoints and then on through the gardens (look out for friendly tortoises!)
Only thing I would say is that the first mission took me a long time due to the number of road crossings involved - and in general the earlier missions are a lot longer, which makes you wonder if you’re being really slow. But then the later ones go by really quickly and eventually you’re at the end.
It’s quite a long hard walk (took me over 4 hours for some reason!) but it was worth it - and between this and the Olympics 2004 I picked up over 350 unique portal visits.
I’ll be the first to review this one, then! I was hooked by the lovely picture, so decided I had to prioritise this one over some of the more obvious banners - but very glad I chose this one.
Took me about two hours including stopping to go into the Byzantine museum to pick up some more uniques. A nice walk and no major annoyances apart from the the usual hassle trying to find the mission you’re looking for around Syntagma Square.
The second most bizarre banner I’ve done, after the one which involved sitting on a bench for 45 minutes answering questions.
- nice picture
- it’s quick to do
- it’s 24/7
- it’s made 95% of waypoints
- the first 10 missions involve you continually going back and forth across a busy road, as you answer a passphrase at a portal, walk 500m to a bunch of waypoints all on top of each other, and then have to walk all the way back to start the next mission. Then walk 600m to do more waypoints.
It’s a quick way to get 12 missions, but it may just drive you crazy!
A nice little banner - “Trek” is right, though, because Amersham is basically two unconnected villages, mission 4 does involve quite a walk through a wood and across some fields to get you down to Old Amersham. Whole thing took me about an hour and a half I think (plus if you’ve left the car near Amersham station, enjoy the 25-minute walk back up a very steep hill once you’re done!)
Am currently halfway through this banner - so far I have put in 3 hours! Unfortunately the bicycle shop portal in Mission 11 has been moved by 2.2km due to the shop moving to Purley... this means a 4.4 detour unless you want to taxi/Uber/bus it. Otherwise it’s been good!
Nice banner and I enjoyed doing it- however unfortunately mission 10 is currently not doable (as of July 3rd), due to the last two portals being inside a construction site. Still, I did a random single to fill the gap and carried on anyway :)
Completed this mission yesterday after the previous reviewer gave me hope that it would be ok! (Gave a few other nice looking ones a miss because I was scared my lack of Japanese would be an issue...)
Anyway, I can confirm that this is perfectly possible to do in about 3-3.5 hours without any Japanese knowledge - the passphrases at the start of each mission are all multiple choice where you have to type in 1, 2 or 3, so it’s no big deal if you get it wrong the first time (Hint - start from 1 as that’s usually right and the answer is actually never 3 :D)
The picture is lovely and it’s worth doing for that. The route, however will drive you insane - round and round and round in little circles and spirals, gradually getting further along the main road by going up and down the same side streets and turning a slightly different corner each time.
Anyway, you’ll see a couple of sights but the main draw here is the picture. And it’s not hard to do, but it is strange and frustrating.
Ok, so I finally completed this - review coming but first : IMPORTANT NOTE!
As of February 2018, Missions 18 and 23 have serious problems due to ongoing building works at Canary Wharf and I have no idea when this will finish or whether the affected portals will ever be accessible again.
Mission 18 is doable but you will need to walk inland across the Isle of Dogs, all the way to Canary Wharf tube station, then walk around the end of the dock, turn around and walk all the way back to Westferry road on the other side ; this is about a 20 minute detour.
The first 3 portals of mission 23 are technically not accessible at this time. Luckily, GPS in the area is so unpredictable that with half an hour of trial and error, walking round and round, waving the phone about, running at fences and restarting the app multiple times, we eventually hit all 3. It was not exactly fun though, so hopefully the mission owner will edit to remove these portals - or perhaps they will simply disappear since the objects are no longer there.
Right- the big one, I’d been eying up this banner for months firstly because it’s a really nice looking one, secondly because I’m a glutton for punishment and thirdly because I did the London Marathon myself a couple of years ago and thought it’d be fun to revisit that day.
Verdict- a solid 4/5 from me.
It’s a loose recreation of the Marathon Route: firstly like most people I didn’t run the route of the elite runners so the first few missions were quite different for me, but hey, it doesn’t claim to be the “Rubbish People’s London Marathon” route. ;)
Secondly, there are bits where it’s pretty much impossible to walk the exact marathon route without all the streets being closed, so the route does what it has to with road junctions, tunnels and so on. That’s fine.
What confused me a bit was that some sections slavishly follow the marathon route (e.g. along some blooming dreary main roads in the South East) and in some other parts, the route takes you on a nice scenic tour around docks or by the river or something when the actual marathon route was heading off in a different direction. Again, it’s ok, it’s just that a consistent approach would have been less confusing!
The only real gripes I had with the route (apart from the building works at Canary Wharf) were a) around Rotherhithe where you go off the marathon route for a seemingly pointless diversion in a loop around the old Daily Mail Printworks. (I dunno, maybe we did something wrong there...)
And b) the very last mission, where something seems to have gone badly wrong and you find yourself cruising triumphantly down the finishing straight, arms aloft like Mo Farrah towards the line; only to find that the penultimate portal requires you to go back on yourself 300metres and into a park across the road, before coming out again and resuming your progress towards the actual finish. (Bizarre- but maybe the portal got moved since the mission was created, who knows?)
Anyway- all in all, I enjoyed it- sometimes it was a lengthy slog with a long way to go between waypoints and not much to look at, but that just adds to the authentic marathon experience. ;)
In total I estimate that this took us around 20 hours of walking over 4 sessions ( including tea/dinner/beer/crying/clothing adjustment breaks). You could save a fair bit of time by doing certain sections on buses (or doing the whole thing on a bike) - but where would be the achievement in that?
Probably the longest banner I will ever commit to doing at an “Ingress Distance” of 56km / 35miles, but probably also the prettiest. Thank you, TheSourdoughKid!
PS- In case it helps- The break points we used (where the end of a mission was handily at a tube station) were:
I will offer a slightly different counterpoint to the only other review here and say, THIS IS FLIPPING HARD WORK! (On foot, that is.)
Yes; it's only 14k, but Brighton has a looot of hills. In any case, it takes you to a lot of portals, there are some nice views, and the banner pic is great.
The "hack in any order" thing is a bit annoying at times as you don't always know where you are going, and can end up going back on yourself now and again if you're not careful. Also there are a few missions which are quite drawn out and require a lengthy walk with not much to do, but then with such a large area to cover, that's inevitable.
All in all, a good way to see Brighton, but I'm only able to say that after a soak in the bath (that certainly wasn't my immediate emotion on finishing!)
Nice banner that's easily doable in under 2 hours, and will give you a good tour of Kingston.
One of the first portals in the first mission doesn't exist any more but the scanner just skips right over it, so there's no problem there. There are one or two missions where a portal seems to be out of order, necessitating a long walk just to get one portal and then back again, but largely it all makes sense and isn't annoying.
A nice easy one to do, if you're looking for something quick. I managed the first 5 parts in 40 minutes and then the last part in 10 minutes at a later time, so the whole thing should be doable in under an hour if you walk at a decent pace!
Be warned though that the last part takes you out of Kingston and leaves you a bit in the middle of nowhere unless you happen to want to go back towards Surbiton like I did.
A really nice wander around Greenwich and surrounding area, taking in quite a lot of portals you probably wouldn't normally get to.
If I were you, I would not try to do something else before doing this (e.g the Angel banner; like we did!) - you'll want to be fresh as there's a fair amount of walking, including some hefty up and down, and the first 12 or so missions are quite long. This got a bit soul-destroying as the time ticked away towards sundown and the park closing (7pm currently) and we started to panic that we wouldn't have time to get to the end.
In the event, we needn't have worried, we started around 13:00 and finished at 18:30, and that was even with a 45 minute unintended detour back to the start to retrieve a lost bag (oops!) This is largely down to the fact that some of the last missions can be done in under 5 minutes.
The missions in Manor Park start and end on the same portal, but never fear, this was the perfect excuse to sit down in the delightful cafe and get sandwiches/all day breakfast and cakes.
The last mission (the only one in the last row which is within the park gates) almost felt like a middle finger right in our faces, as we ascended the world's steepest hill after 17k of walking - and then we came to the last portal, saw the amazing view out over Docklands at dusk, and all was forgiven.