Among Us review
Among Us is a 2018 online multiplayer social deduction game developed and published by American game studio Innersloth. It was released on iOS and Android devices in June 2018 and on Windows in November 2018, featuring cross-platform play between these platforms. The game was also ported for the Nintendo Switch in December 2020, and has planned releases for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in 2021. The game was inspired by the party game Mafia and the science fiction horror film The Thing, and since the release of its first map, The Skeld, three other maps were added, those being MIRA HQ, Polus and The Airship. The Airship's design is based on Infiltrating the Airship, the fourth entry in the Henry Stickmin series, another video game made by Innersloth.
The gameplay of Among Us is centered upon social deduction, and is based on a two-sided system, with one side being Crewmates and the other side being Impostors. The Crewmates, consisting of a predetermined number of players, are tasked with completing tasks around the map and identifying the Impostors and eliminating them. The Impostors, on the other hand, are tasked with sabotaging and killing the Crewmates, so as to prevent them from completing their tasks. The Crewmates win if all Impostors are ejected or all tasks are completed, while the Impostors win if there is an equal number of Crewmates and Impostors, or if a critical sabotage goes unresolved.
Graphics in Among Us consist of textured 3D models and simple geometry. The textures are crisp and sharp, and the models are well-detailed for the graphics engine it uses. There is a lack of animation in the game, with the exception of certain tasks, and the camera is fixed at a low angle.
Among Us has high replayability, with new maps being released monthly as free updates. However, the gameplay is not affected by the map chosen, with tasks and roles being the same in all of them.