Among Us - a multiplayer computer game for social deduction, developed by the American company InnerSloth. It was released on June 15, 2018. The game has a space theme. In it, players are randomly divided into two teams: crew members and traitors.
In 2018, the game did not receive much publicity, but in 2020 thanks to Twitch and YouTube, it became popular. Due to the growing interest in it, a sequel was announced - Among Us 2. Subsequently, the sequel was canceled on September 23, 2020, the developers decided to develop an original game.
Among Us is a third-person top-down game that allows the player to move in all directions. In one round, from four to ten players can play. At the start of the game, everyone is secretly assigned the role of a traitor or crew member. An impostor (from the English "Pretender") can hide in a ventilation hatch, sabotage and kill astronauts, but traitors cannot kill each other. Their goal is to kill almost all the crew members (if there are as many astronauts as traitors, then the latter win) or destroy the ship by sabotage. The goal of the astronauts is to complete personal tasks in the form of simple puzzles scattered around the map. If all tasks are completed, the traitors will lose. Additionally, crew members can achieve victory by eliminating traitors when voting.
A corpse remains at the scene of the murder, when any player can start a discussion, during which, by voting, the players, in consultation, determine the traitor. The player with the maximum number of votes is thrown into space, washed away or thrown off a cliff (depending on the map), that is, dies, but continues the game as an invisible ghost, can continue to complete tasks (or sabotage, if he is a traitor), go through walls and watch what happens, but is not allowed to vote and communicate with other players live. Players have the right to vote for anyone, even for themselves, or not vote at all, and in this case, if more than half have not voted, no one is excluded. If all the traitors are killed, the astronauts will win. Discussion is possible even if no one has died, however this function has a limit to its use. If a traitor has committed a murder, he can only do so after a certain period of time.
A traitor can sabotage at any time: block one of the rooms, turn off the light (narrowing the field of view), disrupt the communication system, start the countdown until the reactor explodes or the oxygen runs out. runs away. In the event of an alarm, a countdown begins; before it expires, two crew members must simultaneously press special buttons, otherwise the traitors will win.