Among Us

Benson Liang, Photo Editor

Have you been playing the game “Among Us”? It has gotten super popular lately and if you haven’t heard of or played it, and are interested in it, this is what you need to know about the game. 

The game Among Us is an online multiplayer social deduction game that was originally rated PEGI 16 when it was released in June 2018. However, a following increase in interest in the game made the rating reclassified as PEGI 7. The game needs four to ten players for a match to start. One, two or three players (depending on what the host selected) are randomly chosen to be the impostor(s) each round. A game can take place on one of three maps: a spaceship called “The Skeld”, a headquarters building called “MIRA HQ,” or a planet base called “Polus.” A fourth map, The Airship, has been announced on December 10th, 2020 and is planned to be released in early 2021.

At the start of the game, Crewmates are given “tasks” to complete around the map in the form of minigames, consisting of maintenance work on vital systems such as electrical rewiring and engine refueling. Impostors are given a fake list of tasks to blend in with Crewmates, although they are unable to actually complete any task. Impostors can sabotage vital systems and doors, covertly travel through air vents, and work with other Impostors to kill Crewmates. If a player dies, they become a ghost. Ghosts can pass through walls, are invisible to everyone except other ghosts, and can chat with other ghosts anytime, but not with any other player (since alive players can only chat during meetings, and the ghosts’ texts are only visible to other ghosts). However, dead Crewmates must still complete their tasks. If an Impostor dies from being voted off, they can still sabotage to help the other Impostor(s). All players except ghosts have a limited cone of vision, only allowing them to see other players within a certain unblocked distance around them.

The Crewmates win by completing all tasks, or by identifying and eliminating all Impostors. The Impostors win when the number of Impostors is equal to the number of Crewmates, or when a sabotage countdown reaches zero. A sabotage countdown is when a sabotage is performed and limited time is given for people to fix the sabotage. Ghosts help their living teammates by completing tasks (as a Crewmate) or performing sabotages (as an Impostor). When an Impostor performs a sabotage, either there is an immediate consequence (such as all the lights being turned off) or a countdown begins. In the latter case, if the sabotage is not resolved before the countdown finishes, the Impostors win. Sabotages can be resolved by living players in varying ways depending on which sabotage is performed. Games can also end by players quitting the match if doing so fulfills any win condition. A player quitting is equivalent to them being eliminated, and a Crewmate quitting leads to their tasks being considered completed for the total.

To help the Crewmates identify Impostors, there are various surveillance systems in each map, such as a security camera system on The Skeld, a doorlog in MIRA HQ, and a vitals indicator in Polus. Crewmates may also confirm their identity through visual tasks, which cannot be faked by Impostors. Any living player may call a group meeting by reporting a dead body, or by pressing a button in the map at any time (except when a sabotage is in progress). This halts all other gameplay. In the meeting, players discuss who they believe is an Impostor based on the available evidence. A plurality vote is held, and the chosen player is ejected from the map and turns into a ghost. After that, if a specific setting was activated, it is revealed if that person was an Impostor or not. Players can communicate in a text chat, but only during meetings, and only if they are alive (though ghosts can speak with one another at any time).

There are many things I like about Among Us. The graphics were amazing and fit into the game really well. The looks of the characters, the hats, the pets, the maps, everything in Among Us makes me feel like I want to see more and keep on playing the game. The other thing that I like about the game is that different events can happen in every lobby you are in, like if you catch an imposter kill or vent, or if you were playing hide and seek, or if an imposter accidentally kills in front of everyone, those are all events that could happen and make the game more interesting and fun.

I think the game Among Us is incredible. From the graphics to the gameplay, it made me feel like I was actually in the game. If that sounds interesting to you, you can download among us for free on iOS and Android devices, and play the game to find out by yourself.

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