-Submitted by Vihaan Loyalka, Age 11, Rajasthan, India
Among Us is an online multiplayer social deduction game. It has been developed and published by InnerSloth and was released in June 2018.
Here are some facts about the game that you may not know:
- This game was developed by a team of three.
- Among Us was inspired by the live-party game Mafia.
- Among Us didn’t gain attention until August 2020, when popular influencers started streaming it on platforms like Twitch and Youtube.
- Users have to pay a small amount if they want to play it on their desktops or laptops.
The game takes place in a space-themed setting. Players take on one of two roles, most being crewmates and up to 3 players are assigned roles of impostors.
The goal of the crewmates is to identify the impostors, eliminate them and complete tasks around the map. An impostor's goal is to sabotage tasks and kill the crewmates before all the assigned tasks are completed. Players suspected to be impostors may be eliminated by voting which any player may initiate at any time. Crewmates win if all impostors are eliminated or all tasks are complete. Imposters win if there is an equal number of impostors and crewmates, or if a critical sabotage goes unresolved.
Each game's lobby has various options that can be customized such as the vision range of the crewmates and impostors and the allowed number of emergency meetings in the game. There are also many cosmetic options, including space suit colors, skins, hats, and pets, some of which are paid downloadable content.
Among Us 2 was announced in August 2020. However, the planned sequel was canceled a month later and the team shifted their focus to improving the original game.
It has been the most-downloaded game in the USA and India with over 85 Million downloads currently. It gained popularity due to its addictive gameplay and jellybean-like characters.
The game is available for free on Apple and Android devices.