Among Us! review
Among Us! review
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Among Us is an indie 2D online game that was released in 2018 but exploded in 2020. In this game, you play as a crew member of a spaceship, where is an impostor. Will the crew detect the traitor or be destroyed by them?
Who is Among You?
The game is, in fact, an online multiplayer version of a party game named Mafia (a.k.a. Werewolf). An unorganized majority (decent crew members) goes versus an organized minority here as well.
When a game starts, one (or more) of players is assigned to be the impostor. Others get their roles and missions they have to accomplish by entering the corresponding room. If there is a meeting (someone detects a strange activity by someone else), you are immediately transferred to the hall where it takes place.
If the crew detects all the impostors or completes all the missions, they win. The impostors’ mission is to gain control over the spaceship by killing crewmates or to destroy it.
If a member is killed by an impostor, the corpse remains at the spot. When it is detected by another member, they can start an urgent meeting immediately to vote for a supposed impostor, and if so, the chosen one is thrown out to die.
Though it all sounds simple and familiar, the game really works. One game takes just minutes, so you can play several games within an hour and master your skill, regardless of your role. Even if your character gets killed, you can keep watching the game as a ghost and even finish your tasks.
Like many indie games today, Among Us looks like it was developed in the 1980s. It’s a 2D game with an unusual take on views: a living character (not a ghost) only sees within a limited cone, so everything beyond remains unseen. Thus, the players need to watch closely to avoid being approached unexpectedly.
It’s the perfect type of design for mobile games, easy to fit on the screen, easy to play with touch-based controls, not sweating the system. Even on old devices (if the OS version they run is compatible) Among Us will work as great as the Internet connection allows to. It does not take a superfast Wi-Fi or 5G, though; even the obsolete 3G is enough.
The World’s Crazy
In quarantine times, online games have become a form of communication like never before. Among Us delivers a lot of almost non-verbal communication. It is available in many languages, but you communicate in some predefined phrases that are translated automatically, so there is no language gap.
It’s cross-platform, available on PC, iOS, and Android, as well as on Nintendo Switch and even Xbox. So you’ll never lurk alone.
Making a psychological, deductive game is a sort of art. The developers of Among Us did the job perfectly, and from now on, they will improve the game. Among Us is a masterpiece of space-themed sci-fi the way it was in the 1980s, by both its looks and its style.
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