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amongushack is a free multiplayer game for smartphones, tablets and Windows PCs (via Steam). It has a PEGI 7 rating.
It launched in June 2018 and stayed largely under the radar, but soared in popularity during lockdown due to its appearance on several high-profile Twitch channels.
Players take the role of either a crewmate or imposter in one of three sci-fi settings: a spaceship, sky base or planetary outpost.
Up to 10 players can join a game, and they’re assigned to one of the roles at random, without anyone else knowing.
The objective for the Crewmates is to complete specific tasks and unmask the Imposters, of which there can be up to three per game. Imposters need to sabotage or kill the Crewmates, without being spotted. popular video game Among US is super-simple.
The tasks are easy to complete and mostly just involve pressing a few buttons – it’s a world away from the complexity of the average RPG.
The real fun starts when someone suspects another player or discovers a dead body. At this point they can call a meeting, where all of the players (except for any who have been killed) can discuss who they think did the deed.
After a few seconds of debate, they all vote – and if one player gets more votes than the others, they are ejected into space or hurled into a pool of lava.
The game then continues until one side wins – but most bouts last no more than five minutes in total.
What risks are there?
Players can join either local or online games, while online games can be public or private. If your child joins a public online game, they will have no control over who they play with and won’t know who they are talking to.
The voting is all done via unmoderated chat, which means your child could be exposed to inappropriate language. A ‘Censor chat’ feature is available, but it’s not foolproof: gamers can easily get around it by using slang or substituting numbers for letters.
What’s more, the censor feature can be turned off with a single press – there’s no way for parents to prevent their child changing it. A ‘kick’ feature allows other players to eject someone from a game if they are using bad language or behaving inappropriately, but in our experience this is rarely used.
Players can, and do, exchange personal information in chats, particularly in the lobby that they wait in before a game starts. It’s not uncommon to see players asking others how old they are or where they are from, or to share details of their social accounts.
In-app purchases are available to buy within the game. These range in price from £0.89 to £2.79 and can be used to buy new skins or pets who follow the player around. There are also occasional ads, which can be removed with another in-app purchase.
Among Us also features violent graphics when players are killed. This is very cartoony in style, but it may not be suitable for all children.