This free title for mobile and computer sweeps social networks and already exceeds the number of viewers of hits like Fortnite or Call of Duty.
A spaceship with ten crew members and among them an impostor. This is the premise of Among Us, the independent video game that in recent days has become a phenomenon on social networks.
The history of Among Us is, to say the least, curious. This title developed by the small American studio Innersloth passed without pain or glory when it was published in November 2018. Judging by the figures of the PC gaming platform Steam, during its first weeks on sale it was barely able to reunite twenty simultaneous users in its version for the computer.
Almost two years later, the title has reached peaks of more than 160,000 simultaneous players on Steam alone. In fact, at the time of this writing Among Us is the game with the most viewers on the Twitch broadcast platform, ahead of Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto, and Call of Duty, and League of Legends.
The Among Us phenomenon had been increasing little by little for weeks, but it wasn't until a few days ago that it exploded. And its creators were not prepared. On September 1, this small studio made up of only three members announced on Twitter that the game's servers were at full capacity. "Please bear with us as we grow through these incredibly large waves of new players!" They exclaimed as they tried to correct these connection issues.
Another good indicator to measure the success that this humble game is having is the user reviews on Steam. According to Valve's platform, on August 28, almost 10,000 users rated it positively. " I lost 3 friendships and killed 2 others and, even so, I'm going to keep playing it because there are fake people around me," joked one of the users in one of these reviews. That is precisely the reason that has made it the game of the moment: its ability to generate all kinds of fun dynamics and debates among players.
Communication is key. The creators of Among Us recommend playing with friends in person (each with their computer or mobile) or over the internet with a microphone. As soon as a game begins (with 4 to 10 players) one or two of them are assigned the role of impostors, while the rest must perform a series of maintenance tasks on the ship. During great tension, every time someone discovers a crime scene or has suspicions, they can call an urgent meeting in which the members of the party must expose their alibis and defend their innocence.
Disguise make good excuses and, above all, be convincing is essential to avoid being discovered by the rest of your colleagues. It is also important to have good detective skills, as it is very similar to those classic board games, such as the famous Cluedo, in which the participants had to discover who was responsible for a murder.
Among Us can be played for free is another reason for its blazing success. The title on mobile devices can be downloaded free of charge (though it has ads) for devices iOS and Android. Also, can be download PC vision with GameLoop.