By Raven Lirio
Related to Animal Crossing: New Horizons spring boom, a new game has gone to the top games for 2020. It’s not Minecraft or even angry Birds– instead, it’s an older game named Among us. This very simple yet addicting game has been topping the charts since late summer and continues to expand to both popular youtubers and non-players alike.
Being in a virtual environment for the summer has proven to be a challenge for many students on campus. Students were running Zoom calls with friends to try and keep up with the gossip about who made the best quarantined pillow box and find ways to beat the boredom of being stuck at home with Snapchat filters. and Tik Tok challenges. This type of socialization is great for some, but for a gamer like me, I spent most of the summer playing World of Warcraft between virtual jobs on campus. While not all students are avid gamers like me, the rise of Among us as a game for all ages has slowly crept into student conversations online.
The game can be played either for free on mobile devices or for $ 5 on Steam. There are a total of 10 players who can play in a game room at a time. Similar to the Mafia, the game has two roles: teammate and impostor, each with their own set of goals. Roles are randomly assigned at the start of the game, but traditionally there are 8 teammates and 2 impostors. However, there is a catch: there is no conversation during the game.
Teammates are given a to-do list throughout the game, which takes place on a ship. They run around doing different tasks on the map to win while trying to find the “impostor” among them, but I’ll cover that later. If teammates find all impostors or complete all assigned tasks, they win the game.
Impostors have two main purposes, to blend in with teammates and kill the entire crew while evading suspicion and sabotaging the ship. They have a number of options which include forcing players to perform additional tasks so that the ship does not explode which will result in a winning impostor. They also have the ability to pass through vents to move quickly around the board and close doors to unsuspecting victims.
When a player is killed, a body will be left for other players to find and report. This is where the real game begins. When a body is found and reported, he sets up a meeting. This is the only time in the entire game that you can talk to other players. It turns into a flurry of alibis and pointing fingers trying to figure out who the impostor is. At the end of the chat, players can choose to vote a member off the ship if they think they are the impostor. This continues until the impostors are all rejected or everyone is killed. Players can also call an emergency meeting if they think they have evidence to vote against someone.
Although the playing seems mildly morbid, a number of lutes have reported being addicted to small games, which last 10 to 15 minutes, between lessons. The adorable astronaut avatars come in a number of different colors and hats. The ease of playing the game and the simplicity of finding a killer are reminiscent of a murder mystery.
One of the hardest parts of the game is never knowing who to trust. You may think someone is innocent, but the second you turn around you have been betrayed. Contrary to Hunger games where your game ends the moment you die, you can actually continue the game as a ghost. Ghosts teammates can still complete their tasks and watch other players finish the game. Phantom impostors can still sabotage the ship to help other undetected impostors still alive.
Overall, it’s a super fun game that’s easy to learn and fun to play with friends. Whether you are playing an impostor or a teammate, you each have their own agenda and you can choose how you want to play. Many strategies include partnering up to ensure safety, having another player provide an alibi for your murders if you’re both impostors, solo riding while avoiding all players just in case, and watching footage in the security camera rooms that show certain parts of the map, so you can see a kill and hit the emergency button.
Next time you are looking for a fun, free game to try out with your friends, I highly recommend that you give Among youits a try and see if that stretches your friendship more than a game of Monopoly.
In the words of junior Peyton Noreen, “Among us is a super fun game about constantly lying and betraying your closest friends until they cry.