If you are looking for a game to play remotely with family and friends, Among Us is free, easy to learn and available on your phone. The game has been very popular lately.
If this year you are going to spend the winter holidays away from family and friends because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but you still want to have something to do remotely with them, Among Us is perfect for that. It’s a free mobile multiplayer game that is a lot more fun than having political discussions with family members at Christmas Eve dinner.
There have been a lot of memes about the game lately, which involve colorful figures, dressed in space suits. These are the players among Us, which has grown in popularity in recent months.
What is Among Us and how do you play?
Among Us is a social, multiplayer online game from the developer InnerSloth, similar to Mafia or Werewolf. You can play with four to 10 people – either people you know or online with strangers.
In the game, you are a member of the crew, aboard a spaceship, trying to keep your entire ship and return to Earth with your crew. But a crew member has been replaced by a parasitic alien who wants to eliminate the rest of the crew before the ship gets home.
The problem is that the imposter looks the same as everyone else, because he has changed his form into a human one, and he will sabotage the ship, slip through the vents, deceive his fellow players and try to manipulate others. All in an attempt to go undetected and kill the rest of the crew.
Meanwhile, crew members must perform tasks to repair the ship and cannot talk to each other unless a death is reported or after a player presses the alarm button. Then, the surviving crew can openly debate through chat who they think is the imposter and then vote for everyone. If the imposter is eliminated, the crew wins. But if the group accidentally votes for a crew member, everyone goes back to maintaining the ship, until another body is found and they vote again. It’s all about deduction and attention to detail.
Why is the game so popular all of a sudden?
Among Us was released in June 2018, but suddenly reached the top of the download lists, reaching over 86 million downloads until mid-September. Why the sudden rise in popularity?
The answer seems to be the streamers Twitch, since Among Us was played by popular players on the streaming platform of online games such as Sodapoppin, Pewdiepie, Shroud and Ninja. On Twitch, Among Us has 3.3 million followers – in comparison, Fortnite has 3.7 million.
I was saying that there were a lot of memes about the game on Twitter and Reddit. This would also be another reason for its popularity. It is also possible that many people have already exhausted other online games that can be played remotely with friends during quarantine, and the game is something new and easy to play from afar.
In addition, the game supports playback on multiple platforms, PC and mobile, both in local and online multiplayer games, making it easier for people to play the game together, regardless of the device they use. Many players also use the Discord platform to chat with friends in real time while playing.