Among Us Review

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Posted: 8 weeks ago, last updated today.

Author: Andy 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 meetings 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 a separate devices, is a lot of fun in 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 Switch, PlatStation or Xbox. Among Us 2 has more chance of being on console, although this will come to PC and smartphones first. There is Roblox version of the game for Xbox, PC and smartphones. Roblox Among Us and (more popular) Roblox Impostor offer a similar experience.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/11/2018

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS.

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy.

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

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

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 check 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, crewmate and impostor speed. You can adjust the speed at which players move. You can also adjust how hard it is to kill a player and how far people can see in the game to adjust how hard it is to play and 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.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.

Adjustable Between Levels: You can adjust the difficulty between levels/rounds.

Cognitive Pressure

Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Adjust Speed: Adjust the overall speed of the game, or rewind play for a second attempt, to ease reaction times.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

No Unlocking Required: Access any mode, location, character, weapon or vehicle from the start.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Text Visibility

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Mouse And Keyboard

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse button/mouse wheel.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Two Taps Targeted: Play with touchscreen, two simultaneous taps in specific locations.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons not required or can be turned off or switched to toggling the action on and off.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

Communication

How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Player-to-Player Communication

Text Chat: Chat to other players by typing text.

Filtered Chat: Option to filter out profanity and/or sharing of personal information from online chat.

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson and @eamongaudio


 




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