Among Us

I’ve been playing Among Us.

It’s a fun game. It also makes you think.

I don’t exactly know why this game made such a big comeback all of a sudden. I got into it because it seemed to be all over Twitter and Reddit. I first downloaded the mobile version on iOS. Later, I paid $2.99 to get it on Steam, even though I rarely spend any time on the Windows partition on my computer.

The game is fairly simple. You play as one of ten people on a spaceship. One of the people in there is an alien impostor. Your job is to find out who the impostor is and kick them out of the ship before they sabotage your mission and kill everyone. When you start a game, you’re randomly assigned a role as a crew mate or The Impostor.

If you’re a crew mate, you work on unraveling the mystery. You have to be constantly vigilant. And there is always a chance that your other crew mates would suspect you to be The Impostor and kick you out.

If you’re The Impostor, you have to lie masterfully and kill everyone without arousing suspicion. 

I won the very first game I joined, in which I played as The Impostor. I simply ran around killing everyone without getting caught. That led me to think that the game was quite easy, but subsequent games made me realize otherwise. Perhaps the people in the first game weren’t the sharpest tools in the shed. 

When I’m a crew mate, I usually focus on my tasks and try to get them done as soon as I can. I do get killed quite a bit while in the middle of this. If I am, I continue doing tasks a ghost.

When I’m the Impostor, I try to kill as many crew mates as I can when they’re isolated, while trying to play innocent during the discussions that happen after the dead bodies are found. This game might just have made be better at lying. Slightly.

I have yet to play this with friends. I do look forward to find out which of my friends are good at lying and pretending. Or do I?