You might have seen multiple memes about imposters online and wondered what they are all about and what do imposters have to do with images of these tiny cartoonish creatures running around in a spaceship. They come from a game called Among Us that has had a sudden influx of hundreds of thousands of players worldwide.
It has achieved the same kind of popularity that Fall Guys had managed to achieve not too long ago. Available on Android, iOS and PC, Among Us is an online social deduction game that has you either identifying or being an Imposter among up to 10 other players. Random people in a server are assigned to be Imposters and there can be a maximum of three of them.
How to play Among Us as a Crewmate
As you might have gathered by now, there are two ways of playing this game – either as an Imposter alien or as a human Crewmate. As Crewmates, you will have two main objectives – completing the tasks assigned to you without dying and figuring out who the Impostor is. You do either of them and the game is won for the Crewmates.
Completing tasks is as simple as they appear on the left-hand side of the screen. These tasks involve you travelling from room to room, connecting cables, activating machines etc. But just in case an Imposter finds you alone inside a room, they might end up killing you and leaving your body behind until one of your Crewmates notices it and reports it to the others.
In order to expose Imposters, you will need to be on the lookout for suspicious actions like them trying to stick to the shadows or just staying out of sight. You’ll also need to keep an eye out for other players performing tasks, as Imposters have different animations when they perform tasks as they are just imitating the actions of performing them. Imposters are also able to fast travel using vaults in the ground, so if you spot someone doing that, you’ve got your Imposter.
Once you’ve found about the Imposter/Imposters you can wait for a discussion to be called. Discussions are called when a body is discovered or when someone presses the emergency meeting button. This is where your microphones get activated and you have the chance to convince others as to who the imposter is and vote against them. Needless to say, the imposters themselves will also have a chance to defend themselves with their bluffs. If enough Crewmates vote against an imposter, they get ejected from the ship.
How to play Among Us as an Imposter
If you’ve been paying attention till now, you already know how to play an Imposter. You will need to pretend to complete tasks while also trying to kill as many Crewmates as possible without getting noticed. To aid your act, you get access to a special Sabotage menu that can be used to overheat the reactor, turn off the lights, or mess with the base’s oxygen levels. The true test of an Imposter’s skills, however, is during the live discussions. Shifting the blame on others? Outright denying accusations? Trying to convince others hastily? Whichever option you choose, it’s how well you do it that will matter.
Among Us can be downloaded now for Android and iOS through their respective app stores and for PC through Steam.