A New Hit Game Among Us

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The mobile game Among Us has spawned immense popularity in recent times (photo credit to InnerSloth).

Among Us: whether you’ve played it or know nothing about it, practically everyone knows the name. The rapidly popular mobile game developed by InnerSloth originally hit mobile phones back in 2018, but has recently found popularity in the last few months. 

“I keep on seeing Among Us stuff everywhere — on YouTube, Instagram, and just like, people talking about it all the time. It’s weirdly popular,” said freshman Ellie Wilson. 

The game got its first sense of exposure through Twitch streamers. It quickly gained traction and is now currently ranked #3 on Twitch. As it began to rise in popularity, it eventually spread over to YouTube, where the game has now totalled more than 4 billion views. It’s gotten so mainstream to the point where even politicians are playing it, the most notable being Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who plans to stream it on Twitch.

“I first found it through YouTube because all of my favorite YouTubers were playing it so I figured, why not? I started playing it with some friends and it’s really fun, we play it all the time now,” said sophomore Grant Tucker.

As a social deduction and hidden role game, it challenges players to find the secret alien impostor among a group of astronaut crewmates. With up to 10 players, the two possible randomized roles include crewmates, whose job it is to complete tasks and catch the impostor, and the impostors, whose job it is to kill all the crewmates and sabotage the ship.

“I love playing impostor, it’s the best part of the game. It’s super exciting trying to get away with kills and lying out of getting caught. Crewmate is super tame compared to it,” said Tucker.

The most engaging part of gameplay comes from the meetings. After a body is reported or an Emergency Meeting is called, players get the chance to converse and point fingers at who they may suspect to be the impostor. In-game, there is a text chat system. However, it is most common when a group of friends play that they have a group call, most likely through instant messaging platform Discord.

This sense of connectivity and socializing is likely why it became so popular in the midst of quarantine. It’s a game that requires being actively engaged with a group of friends, an experience that many missed during the long months of the pandemic.

“I didn’t get to hang out with my friends for a really long time because of quarantine. We’re going back to school now, but I still hardly see anyone. It’s really nice to be able to have fun with them again without even needing to be in the same room,” said junior Alexis Levy.

As a result of the popularity of streaming platforms and the socializing nature of the gameplay, this underrated gem of an indie game has received the recognition it deserves after its release two years ago. Its simple yet enjoyable gameplay makes it the ideal game for casual players, but the complexity of social deduction makes it challenging for even the veterans.