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Among Us Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Rich Adams and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real time the impostor carefully picks off players, who can then pause the game for an emergency meeting to discuss and vote traitors off the ship.

The novelty here is that you don't know who the traitor is so it becomes a games of wits as much as action. Like a parlour game, you must implicate other players in any killing or sabotage to deflect suspicion from yourself. The crew can vote to eject suspicious players. Being able to do this on a game with up to 10 people, each on separate devices, is a lot of fun for the family.

The impostor wins by doing away with all the crew, while the crew win by managing to repair the ship and eject all the impostors. To do this they must react quickly to the sabotages and use admin maps and security cameras to keep tabs on other people.

You can opt for a Local or Online game. If playing with people you don't know you can select the Censor Chat mode that limits words and aims to blank out profanity.

Among Us is not on PlatStation or Xbox. Among Us 2 has more chance of being on a console, although this will come to PC and smartphones first. There is a Roblox version of the game for Xbox, PC and smartphones. Roblox Among Us and (more popular) Roblox Impostor offer a similar experience.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: @InnerSlothDevs

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Depending on how quickly the Impostor/Saboteur players are discovered.
 
Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online. Cross-Play: Among Us has cross-play between PC, Android and iOS. You can play together and communicate via the text chat. Some players use Discord or similar apps to talk with voice. Play with people on other systems in public matches, or play with friends and family by creating or joining a private session.

CostsCosts

Among Us usually costs £3.89. 

Among Us

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. There is additional content you can purchase:
  • Brainslug Pet Bundle - adds Slug pets and UFO's to the game.
  • Polus Skin Bundle - adds a new map, winter gear and mining outfits.
  • Bedcrab Pet Bundle - adds Bedcrab and Squiq pets.
  • Hamster Pet Bundle - adds Hamster and Dog pets.

Among Us is free on iOS and Android but has adverts you can remove with a payment, as well as the above downloadable content. There are the following purchases:
  • Mini Crewmate Bundle
  • Remove All Ads
  • Hamster Pet Bundle
  • MIRA HQ Skin Bundle
  • 1M Download Hat Bundle
  • Top Hat
  • Polus Map Skins
  • Brainslug Pet Bundle
  • Stickmin Pet Bundle
  • White Top Hat

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Initially this was rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence, but the rating was checked by a PEGI examiner and changed to PEGI 7+ for Mild Violence. "There are scenes of mild violence involving cartoon-like characters inside space suits. The violence is non-realistic, as are the reactions to the violence." You can view the kinds of violence in this video of the game's death animations.

We spoke to the VSC Rating board who offered some helpful background about the rating being changed. "Among Us was originally released in 2018 with a PEGI 16 rating. Given that thousands of digital games and apps are released every day, it’s not possible for staff to manually check the rating of every digital game and app in advance of release. As such, the initial rating for Among Us was issued on the basis of the developer filling in an IARC (International Age Rating Coalition) questionnaire about the content of the game. The VSC and NICAM check around 10,000 digital games and apps every year to ensure that the ratings generated by answering the IARC questionnaire are correct. With the recent spike in interest about Among Us, the game was checked and it was concluded that a PEGI 7 rating was more appropriate. The rating has now been updated on storefronts."

Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy violence, Mild blood.

Apple App Store rates Among Us 9+ for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon, Fantasy Violence and Horror/Fear Themes.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can adjust the time you have to discuss and vote on who is an impostor, as well as reduce the player, crew mate and impostor speed. You can adjust the speed at which players move. You can also adjust abilities for each player (how hard it is to kill a player and how far they can see) to give new players an advantage. However, these are determined by the lobby you join, rather than by the individual player.

The game relies on colour heavily to identify which players people want to vote for. This is a challenge for colour-blind players particularly if competitors have not entered distinctive names.

Almost all the mini games can be completed without any timing or quick actions. There are a few exceptions. There are Sabotage tasks that can have a time limit or the imposter wins. There are some specific tasks that require holding a button.

The game provides a map where all task locations are. The game will also have arrows pointing you in the right direction for certain tasks.
 
Our Among Us Accessibility Report details 30 accessibility features:


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