I did actually play a popular game this year. I played Among Us.
I was going to say a “new” game, but it came out in 2018, so it is only newly popular thanks to becoming the game to stream on Twitch at some point this year. But this year was it, even getting a Honest Game Trailers video.
Liore, formerly of the Cat Context blog, invited some people to come play for her birthday and I made the cut and got to try the game out. I bought the version on Steam for $5.00, though you can play it on your mobile device for free, and you can play across different platforms. They make money selling cosmetics and pets for you character.
I went and practiced a bit before the big birthday match, but I was still pretty lost when the time came.
Not that the game is all that complicated. We had nine people all on voice coms together. When you start the game somebody is selected as the imposter… or, if the group is big enough, two people are selected. The main crew has to run around and do tasks. Completing all the tasks give them a win.
The imposters run around and sabotage the tasks in order to stop the crew from winning. Some sabotage, if left unaddressed as a timer counts down, will cause the crew to lose.
Or the imposters can just kill people for the win. This is actually much easier when you don’t know what is going on as there is a big button that says “KILL” to click when you get near the crew members.
I got picked as one of the imposters for the first game and I set about killing people with my fellow imposter.
When one of the crew discover a body an emergency meeting is called and you can discuss what you saw and your suspicions and then people vote on who they think the imposter is. This is the only time you’re suppose to talk while playing… unless you’re dead, in which case you have to be quiet. No outing your killer as a ghost.
The winner is then sent to their death and you find out if that pick was correct. The first game out people did not guess very well and Elly and I, the imposters, won.
However, people got a bit more canny as time went along and we played more matches. Also, the RNG kept picking me as one of the imposters, so I think I became suspect by default after a few matches.
When I wasn’t an imposter, the game was a bit more nerve wracking and it was easy to start suspecting people who seemed to be following you around. Either way, you have to be aware of your surroundings and who is passing by and where people were when the body was discovered.
Overall it was a fun little game. I would play it again. It is probably best played with five friends or more. You can play random games on the internet, but I suspect that would be less satisfying that voting on people you know.