Among Us: the game that has us all hooked


Screenshot via Jordan Wenshau

This is the welcome screen players see when they open the game.

Over the course of the last month, a small indie game has been reeling in audiences of all ages and is becoming one of the most popular games across the world.

Among Us is an online multiplayer that combines gameplay and detective skills into a game that will turn friends against each other. The gist of the game is that you are an astronaut on a ship filled with other astronauts, but one of your crew members is not who they say they are. It is played with up to 10 people. 1 to 3 players are deemed the “Imposter(s),” but no one knows who they are. The remaining players are called “Crewmates.”

This is right before the game starts when players find out if they are a crewmate or an imposter. (Screenshot via Jordan Wenshau)

The goal is to find out who the imposter(s) is before they kill everyone. Each player is given a list of tasks to complete as well. The crewmates can win by completing all of the tasks before the imposter kills everyone. When someone is killed, or if someone is acting suspicious, an emergency meeting can be called where everyone discusses their suspicions. Then, all players vote and someone is kicked from the spaceship. If they choose the imposter, the crewmates win. Imposters can win by killing off the crewmates and lying their way out of suspicion. But what is so special about this game you may ask? 

Here is where you can talk to the other players. This is when you vote on who you think the imposter is. (Screenshot via Jordan Wenshau)

The game was first released back in 2018 but got very little buzz after the initial release. The game was also created and developed by a staggering team of only three people over at Innersoth. This made advertising the game a little difficult, but they made it work. Now here we are in 2020 and everyone is talking about Among Us. In fact, the game got so popular so quickly the developers had to write new code for new servers to accommodate the number of people wanting to play. The game also has a very easy concept to follow, but one that can have so many different outcomes.

Part of the excitement is that you debate and vote to determine who gets to stay on the ship and who gets ejected into the cold depths of space. You have to mix lies with truths to stay alive. Now, with friends and siblings, this game is intense, to say the least. Everyone doubts one another throughout the game. Players never know who their allies truly are and this can sometimes lead to betrayal and anger. Overall, the game is really fun and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to kill their boredom.

You can play with your friends, family, and online with strangers. (Screenshot via Charlie Monson)