Have Among Us Fatigue? Try These 7 Video Game Alternatives
The summer of 2020 left millions of people across the globe feeling bored and isolated, but, thanks to a legion of Twitch streamers and YouTubers, a little free-to-play game from 2018 saw a surge of popularity. That game? Innerslothâ€™s Among Us, which, by November 2020, received a staggering 217 million mobile downloads. Part of the gameâ€™s "meteoric" rise in popularity stems from the way Among Us "took an age-old formula and made it free and accessible to so many."
If youâ€™re unfamiliar with Among Us, players are dropped onto a spacecraft and, before a match starts, each player is discretely assigned a role as â€” "crewmate" or "impostor." Crewmates are tasked with exploring the ship and completing tasks to fix it, all while avoiding the imposter(s), whose aim is to murder the crew members while staying undercover. If youâ€™re the imposter, staying stealthy is a must: crewmates have various opportunities to vote "sus" (or suspicious) players off the ship, which could mean a game over for the imposter(s) â€” or a wrongful ousting of legitimate crewmates.
But, like all viral hits, Among Us isnâ€™t getting the same buzz it once did. After all, there arenâ€™t a ton of maps or game modes, so while playing online offers the most in terms of replay value, even that excitement starts to fade after a few months. With this in mind, weâ€™ve created a list of must-play social deduction games for those who are feeling that Among Us fatigue.