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'Among Us' Is a Game That Will Test Your Friendships

Isabella Pham

Posted on September 27, 2020 20:36

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Trust no one, not even yourself.

If you've ever played "Town of Salem," "Mafia," or "Werewolf," then you probably know where this is going. Like those popular titles, "Among Us" is all about destruction, deduction, and deception. Although the game was first released in 2018 by a small indie company called InnerSloth, it only started gaining traction recently, after being discovered by famous YouTubers and Twitch streamers.

"Among Us" is designed for groups of 4-10 players, and can be played online or via local wi-fi. It's also cross-platform, which means that PC, iOS, and Android users can all play together.

The game takes place on a spaceship in which certain players — called Crewmates — must complete tasks to prepare for liftoff. The remaining players take on the role of Impostors, who have to kill and sabotage the poor, defenseless Crewmates without getting caught in the act. Crewmates can win by completing all their tasks or by voting off all of the Impostors, while Impostors succeed when the number of Impostors becomes equal to the number of Crewmates.

Because there can only be 1-3 Impostors, you would think that they'd be at a disadvantage. However, they've got a few tricks up their sleeves that can really help them get away with murder. For example, Impostors can sneak through the vents to ambush Crewmates who are all by themselves. They can also mess with lights, lock doors, and cause reactor meltdowns that will send the Crewmates scurrying to fix them. If Impostors play their cards right, they can pin the blame on Crewmates and make them turn against one another, or they could go the traditional route and just slaughter them all one by one.

One of the things that make "Among Us" hard, yet fun is the limited communication between players. You're only allowed to talk after someone reports a body or calls an emergency meeting. To keep things fair, the dead lose the ability to speak because they already know who the Impostors are, but dead Crewmates are still able to finish their tasks, and dead Impostors can still cause tons of chaos.

I only started playing "Among Us" earlier this month, but I've already seen dozens of betrayals. I've seen my friends report their own crimes and frame others who just happened to be passing through the area. I've seen them have crazy "Ace Attorney"-style moments where Impostors are exposed within seconds, and I've seen my life flash before my eyes as my sweet and loving boyfriend turns around and snaps my neck.

You never really know when you'll get stabbed in the back. Or shot. Or skewered by a razor-sharp, alien tongue. But hey, in the end, that's what keeps things interesting. And what's a little murder between friends?

Isabella Pham

Posted on September 27, 2020 20:36

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