Why You Need to Play Among Us

Jared Castillo

If you’re on social media then you’ve definitely seen memes, tweets, and Tik-Toks about the indie game, Among Us. Among Us is a new PC/Mobile game that’s similar to Mafia, where players need to identify and vote out the ‘bad guy’ before the end of the game.

Among Us is set on a ship and played with 4-10 players called “crew mates.” The crew mates have various simple tasks around the ship such as: matching wire colors, swiping cards, shooting asteroids, and emptying garbage into space

If all the crewmates complete the tasks, they eventually win. However, among the crewmates are 1-2 imposters that are picked at random. One of the imposter’s goals is to sabotage the ship, they can do so by turning off the lights, closing doors and causing a meltdown— all of which the other players, the crew, have to fix.  The imposter’s other goal is to kill the crew mates. Imposters have a kill cooldown, meaning they have to wait a certain amount of time before each kill. If you’re playing with audio all your microphones have to be muted. The only time microphones are unmuted is if a body has been found or an emergency meeting has been called. Games can also be played with only the chat function, the same rules as audio apply.

If all the crewmates complete the tasks, they eventually win. However, among the crewmates are 1-2 imposters that are picked at random. One of the imposter’s goals is to sabotage the ship, they can do so by turning off the lights, closing doors and causing a meltdown— all of which the other players, the crew, have to fix.  The imposter’s other goal is to kill the crew mates. Imposters have a kill cooldown, meaning they have to wait a certain amount of time before each kill. If you’re playing with audio all your microphones have to be muted. The only time microphones are unmuted is if a body has been found or an emergency meeting has been called. Games can also be played with only the chat function, the same rules as audio apply.

When either of those happen, it is discussion time. During discussion time you and the other crew mates that are alive talk about who was where, who found the body, who was with who, etc. Obviously, the imposters have to lie or create an alibi to prove their innocence, so the other players don’t get suspicious. In my discussion time experience, since my friends are idiots, if you are too quiet or too loud in discussion time, you get voted off. Their proof and evidence are, “I don’t know man, you’re actin kinda sus.” It is the most frustrating thing when no one will listen to you, you’re trying to prove your innocence and you get ejected into space.

 The game is very addicting to play with your friends. Arguments will spark, friendships will be questioned and laughter will be fully present. Now’s the perfect time to download a new game to obsess over and play with your group of close friends. There’s nothing quite like unsuccessfully pulling off a kill only to successfully shift the blame to the one player who saw you.

The stress and drama and excitement of this game is unmatched to none, whether you’re running from a crewmate who happens to be running in the same direction as you or accusing someone in discussion, it is just the kind of gameplay everyone needs during these unprecedented times.