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Weekly Time Waster - 'Among Us'

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It’s not often that a game slips past my radar these days, especially during these crazy times where gaming is a large part of what I’m doing at home. Apparently, I’m late to the party, as “Among Us” released over two years ago. However, between my discord group and seeing multiple streams on YouTube as of late, this game suddenly became some huge cultural phenomenon out of nowhere, and I had to be a part of it.

“Among Us” is a free-to-play multiplayer title developed by InnerSloth. You are an astronaut, part of a group of 5-10 other cute little astronauts that must repair your ship and keep it in good running order. What’s the kicker? One crew mate is actually an imposter, an astronaut who doesn’t want to fix everything and leave. The imposter must pretend to do the tasks of repairing the ship, while killing off every other crewmate, one by one, and making sure no one else on board the ship suspects them at all.

If a body is found on board the ship, a crewmate can call a meeting, and everyone on board the ship chats to try and figure out who the imposter is. It’s a fun murder mystery, only in the depths of space where no one can hear you scream.

Playing as a basic crewmate, you move from room to room of the ship and complete goals while making a case that you aren’t the imposter – making sure you have an alibi and proving you are in the clear. As each meeting is called, votes are tallied; whoever gets the most votes is booted out. When you are booted out, you become a ghost who gets to spectate how the rest of the match plays out. This is where the game shines, as during meetings, people throw out some of the most amazing (and sometimes borderline insane) accusations against each other I have ever seen in a video game chat. Some people are indeed lying and some people are plain telling the absolute truth; it becomes a fun group effort to sift through the lies and deceit. The accusation chat is half the entertainment.

For a free game on my phone, “Among Us” might be the most addicting I’ve ever played. Grab some friends, because it’s immensely more fun to play with people you know and laugh at how each match ends. You also get to find out which one of your friends and family is the best at telling lies, and who has absolutely no lying bone in their body.

“Among Us” is free to download on the Android and IOS stores!

Last modified on Wednesday, 07 October 2020 07:52

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