Among Us

Among Us review

Among Us is a 2018 multiplayer social deduction game developed and published by American game studio Innersloth. It was released on iOS and Android devices in June 2018 and on Windows in November 2018, featuring cross-platform play between these platforms. The game was also ported for the Nintendo Switch in December 2020. It was inspired by the party game Mafia and the science fiction horror film The Thing.

Gameplay

The game takes place in a space-themed setting, in which players each take on one of two roles, most being Crewmates, and a predetermined number being Impostors. The goal of the Crewmates are to identify the Impostors, eliminate them, and complete tasks around the map; the Impostors' goal is to covertly sabotage and kill the Crewmates before they complete all of their tasks.

Players suspected to be Impostors may be eliminated via a plurality vote, which any player may initiate by calling an emergency meeting (except during a crisis) or reporting a dead body. Crewmates win if all Impostors are ejected or all tasks are completed, whereas Impostors win if there is an equal number of Impostors and Crewmates, or if a critical sabotage goes unresolved.

Graphics

The game's graphics are space-themed, and consist of a 2D map with 3D models. The maps are all based on the "Among Us" universe. The game features a futuristic setting and is aesthetically similar to the science fiction horror film The Thing. The game also features photorealistic graphics and animations.

Information about replayability

The game should not be played more than once a day, as it can become too repetitive.

Conclusion

Among Us was nominated for the "Best Mobile Game" award at the 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards.

Pros:

  • Multiplayer
  • Hundreds of maps
  • Strategic gameplay
  • Variety of gameplay
  • Cross-platform play
  • Polite playerbase
  • Short-range gameplay

Cons:

  • Lacking in gameplay
  • Graphics
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Lack of content
  • Not-so-polite playerbase
Graphics 8
Sound 10
Gameplay 9
Lasting Appeal 8