Recently you might have been seeing Among Us gameplay on Youtube and several streamers live streaming Among Us on Twitch Tv. So what is this game and why was it’s hype suddenly spread throughout the gaming community.
What is Among Us?
Among us is an online multiplayer deduction game which was developed and published by American developers “Innersloth” on June 15th 2018. The game is spaced theme where 2 players are divided into two roles, one of the Crewmate whose job is to do tasks around the space ship and vote out the players of the other role called Impostor. The Impostor’s job is to sabotage the tasks and kill the crewmates all while staying undercover
The game starts and a team of 4 to 10 people are divided into two roles. One of the impostors and the other of crewmates. The amount of impostors is predecided which ranges from 1 to 3. The impostors go around trying to kill the crewmates and hide themselves. The impostors can also sabotage different parts of the map in order to close doors of that compartment or leading to dysfunction of the parts of the ship.
Here is an impostor killing a crewmate
This is the sabotage map accessible only by imposters
On the other hand the crewmates responsibilities are to quickly finish the tasks provided to them and fill up the task bar before the impostors get to them and they can also discuss among themselves and kick out the impostor if they witnessed a killing or the impostor accessing the vents system only available to the latter.
This is the discussion page that comes up when someone calls an emergency meeting or a dead body is reported
A discussion takes place and everyone participates in it by using the texting option given in the game or if you are playing with friends then you can use either discord meetings or Google meet. The impostor tries to put the blame on innocents and the crewmates try to pick out who is lying and who isn’t.
Why Did Among Us Suddenly Gain So Much Popularity?
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When it was released in 2018 Among Us did not get much attention from the mainstream. However since July 2020 there was a sudden influx in the popularity of the game. The reason for this was the Twitch streamer Sodapoppin. He is credited with popularizing Among Us after which many popular streamers and Youtubers like xQc, Ninja and Pewdiepie started playing this. The game had more than 100 million downloads in late September. It’s online players count rose up to 1.5 million concurrent players which put a huge load on the servers due to which the developers had to continuously work to prevent the servers from crashing.
Other Reason for It’s Popularity
The 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic was also regarded as a major reason for Among Us’ increasing popularity. As many people around the world were in lockdown or social distancing, this was a really fun and addicting way of spending time and having fun with your friends. It is really funny when you see people lying so badly to try to hide their role as an impostor and crewmates completely missing the mark about who’s the impostor.
Is Among Us Free?
Among us can be played on your android or IOS device for free. You can download it from the Appstore or Playstore whichever is available without any cost. However it costs money to play on your desktop computers. On the official site of the developers, “Innersloth” the games costs $5.00 and if you buy it on Steam, it will cost you about $2.99. There is a cross platform feature in Among Us allowing PC players to play with mobile players. So it can be seen that it will only be free on mobile devices however you can use emulators such as BlueStacks to play for free on your PC.