Among Us is the hottest game out there right now- cyber expert Taryn gives us the lowdown on how it works and the dangers parents need to look out for.
among us all details is a popular multiplayer strategy game with a plot that is not dissimilar to the TV series ‘The Mole’ (for those of us who can remember that far back). The game can be played on Windows PC or via the app which is available on Android and iOS devices. Most children playing the game are using the free to play app on their iPad or mobile phone.
Is the game free?
The Windows PC version of the game is for purchase but the app is free to download. Advertisements are shown in the game app and there are opportunities to make in game purchases. Items for purchase range in price, with most falling within the realm of $3-5. Do not link your credit card or payment details to your child’s game (this of course is recommended for all games)!
What is the game about?
The game is based on a wrecked spacecraft, with the object of the game being to work in teams to make repairs to the craft. The game provides players with a series of tasks that they must complete in order to do this. But there’s a twist… one or more of the players within a team will be allocated the role of alien imposter. The Imposter’s job is to sabotage the repairs and covertly kill the crew-mates. Throughout the game, players participate in meetings where they communicate with each other to try and determine who the imposter is. During these meetings, players can vote on the suspected Imposter and the player with the most votes will be ejected from the ship. The Imposter wins by killing all crew-mates or successfully sabotaging the spacecraft repairs and the crew-mates win by successfully identifying the imposter or by completing all repair tasks.
Who do kids play with and talk to?
Strategy and teamwork are key components in this game. While players can practice completing tasks solo in ‘Freeplay’ mode, this is not the appeal of the game and children will very likely want to play with others. Players can be matched with teams via their local wifi (i.e. play with others on the same wifi network as them) or online. When playing online, players can choose to.