• Jonathan Shiek

A Boomer’s Guide to The Widely Popular Game, ‘Among Us’

If you’ve spent any time on Twitter or around a person under the age of 30, you’ve probably become familiar with memes involving colorful Teletubby-like figures clad in spacesuits. These are the players of Among Us, which skyrocketed to popularity over the past few months.

What exactly is this game? Why is it so popular all of a sudden? What does US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (perhaps better known as AOC) have to do with all of this?

Fret not, boomers. We’ve got everything you need to know about Among Us right here.

What is Among Us Among Us is an online multiplayer social deduction game from developer InnerSloth, similar to Mafia or Werewolf. You can play with four to 10 people – either people you know, or online with strangers.

How do you play?

In the game, you play as a crew member aboard a spaceship, attempting to keep your ship together and return back to Earth. But one crew member has been replaced by an alien who wants to kill the rest of the crew. Problem is, the imposter looks just like everyone else, and will sabotage the ship, sneak through vents, deceive fellow players and try to frame others, all in an attempt to remain undetected and kill off the rest of the crew.

Meanwhile, the non-alien crew members must perform tasks to fix up the ship, and can’t talk unless a death is reported. Then, the surviving crew can openly debate through chat who they think the imposter is, and make their best guess for who to vote off the ship. If the imposter is voted off, the crew wins. But if the group accidentally votes off a crew member, everyone goes back to maintaining the ship until another body is found, and they vote again.

Why is Among Us so popular all of a sudden? Among Us was released in June 2018, but has suddenly shot to the top of Steam and app download lists, reaching more than 86 million downloads by mid-September.

That’s because popular personalities like AOC, Sodapoppin, Pewdiepie, Shroud and Ninja have all played and streamed it online.

Tons of Among Us memes have also popped up on Twitter and Reddit, spreading the word about the game further. Also maybe, people have already exhausted other online games with friends during quarantine, and this is something new and easy to play from afar. Plus, the game supports cross-platform play on PC and mobile, making it easier for people to play together no matter what device they’re on.

Are you guys playing? Tell us how in the comments below.

An original version of this article was on Cnet. 

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