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Parents' Guide to

Among Us

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Simple visuals hide deep gameplay of deception, deduction.

Game Windows 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 99 parent reviews

age 12+

Good for 12+ aged kids

It’s good but it has in app purchases, blood and you can speak to strangers.
age 9+

The update is really bad kind of.

Quickchat is trash, you can’t type freely in the chat, that means you can’t really defend yourself if you’re the imposter and when I/people join the server I usually say “hi guys” or something like that. Sure, open chat causes cussing and sex talk but it just doesn’t affect me that much. And I know a lot about internet safety, so I don’t answer info giving questions and ignore other people’s problems. I just accept that there are stupid people in the world that don’t want to follow the rules. I also have an alternate solution: If someone tries to send a chat with cussing it could just say: “Unable to Send Message due to error” I think Among Us is an amazing game it’s just that parents need to teach their kids at least some safety tips.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (99 ):
Kids say (437 ):

Deception, deduction, confusion, and humor go hand in hand with this party game set in space, where the person next to you could be key to your survival -- or willing to stab you in the back. There's no plot in Among Us, other than trying to complete your tasks and uncover the impostors hidden in the crew, who are more than willing to sabotage your equipment and murder everyone to accomplish their goals. It's the drama that springs from trying to deduce who the killers are that's captivating. Did you see someone murder another crew member? Why is that person hanging out in that room? Was it to accomplish a task, or were they pretending to while sabotaging something? These questions and more will pop up as you run through the halls, until someone calls an emergency meeting to accuse someone of acting "sus" (game lingo for "suspicious") or because they've found a body. At that point, everyone can chat to explain where they were and who they think did it. If you have an alibi (or are a better liar who can divert attention from yourself), you may stick around for the next round; if not, you'll get ejected into space or tossed into lava. The bartering and excuses that people come up with during these meetings are not only an incredible glimpse into the minds of fellow players, but also where the action shines: watching alliances suddenly form and fracture as people accuse others and defend their actions. And the game excels with a full complement of 10 players and multiple imposters, because it calls into question everything you think you know about people, especially if the character you swore was guilty turns out to be innocent.

Visually, the gameplay is cartoonish, which is nice when you consider how ghoulish the actions are that you or your fellow players can commit: blowing up a reactor or eliminating oxygen are just some of the ways you can kill players, apart from directly getting your hands dirty. But aside from the limited gore, the game is easy to learn how to play within minutes, and depending on who you're playing with, matches are quick affairs, running 10 minutes or less. Some of the mini-games to complete tasks range from simple to difficult, which is good because it raises suspicion depending on how long it takes to complete. The downside, though, is that once you finish all of the tasks for a stage, no new ones are issued, apart from stopping sabotages, which makes the action devolve into either a waiting game for the next murder or a bunch of rampant accusations out of boredom. The other issue: The game isn't always stable. Games crash frequently, matches that appear open are magically filled, and wins sometimes happen without players doing a thing. But these glitches aside, Among Us is a surprisingly fun, chaotic deduction game that keeps you coming back to find a murderer (or to commit mayhem) round after round.

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