“Among Us”: simplistic but fun

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Skylar Beckford, Reporter

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of “Among Us.” It has recently blown up, and since the beginning of August, the game has been downloaded over 74 million times. Kids, teens, and even parents are playing it. Of course, I had to download it too, and what I discovered was pretty interesting.

The idea behind the game is quite simple, but it abounds in fun. In “Among Us,” you play as little humanoid creatures dressed in spacesuits, and there is typically a group of eight to ten players. In each group of players, the majority are “crew mates,” which are the players that are innocent, versus the “impostor,” who is the secret killer. Their job as impostor is to get rid of all crew mates by either sabotaging parts of the space shuttle or sneakily killing them. Once there is an equal amount of crew mates and impostors, the impostor(s) win. If a crew mate finds a body or is suspicious of someone, they may call an emergency meeting. In these meetings, players typically find someone to vote off. If they correctly guess who the impostors are, they win. If not, the game continues.

My first game was admittedly very confusing as there aren’t many clear directions within the game itself. However, I discovered there is an option for new players, titled, “Freeplayer,” where they can play with bots in order to learn the dynamic of the game and find their way around each map. Once I got the hang of things, I started to understand why this game can be so addicting. I have often found myself pulling out my phone and playing the game for hours on end. It’s a great way to practice flexibility, communication, and deception. “Among Us” is the perfect game to play with your friends, and I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.