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"Among Us" Mods
Hit mobile video game Among Us offers an awesome social deduction game in the style of Mafia and Werewolf, but since it's virtual, you don't need to physically gather everyone together to partake. In it, innocent crewmates rush to complete tasks while nefarious imposters try to kill the crewmates unseen.
Both roles are fun to play, and the game provides different maps to shake things up, but to keep things even more exciting, many players like to experiment with different formats—how can you liven up your games? Here are ten awesome alternate ways to play Among Us!
1. Voice Chat
Summary: Utilizes a voice chat rather than text chat
This simple adjustment involves players using another program, often Discord, to verbally communicate. This eliminates the need for typing in the text chat, allowing players to talk much more quickly. It also adds another layer to deceit, as tone of voice can be gauged.
Of course, you can still only talk during group meetings, and can't communicate if you die. I highly recommend this as your default play method—it's hard to go back once you've tasted the speed and pressure of live-chatting.
2. Small Talk
Summary: Only three words allowed per player per meeting
This playstyle is basically the same as voice chat, except all players can only say a maximum of three words per meeting. This helps speed things along by preventing lengthy debates, and really tasks players to choose their words wisely.
Many groups agree to auto-vote someone who accidentally says more than three words, so exercise caution in this dangerous yet exhilarating format.
3. Dead by Daylight
Summary: No meetings and imposter revealed
Based on the popular Dead by Daylight multiplayer, here, imposters reveal themselves at the start of the game (often with an emergency meeting), so there's no question about who's who. Crewmates get a head start of about 20 seconds, and after that, the imposter(s) run rampant on a killing spree.
Since you can't report bodies or vote, the only way for crewmates to win is to complete tasks. Meanwhile, imposters have no need for stealth, so they'll kill whenever they can, meaning the game is more about speed than deception. Strategy still plays a part though, like choosing the right opportunity to complete lengthy download tasks and when to vent across the map.
4. Hide and Seek
Summary: No meetings, no sabotage
Similar to Dead by Daylight, Hide and Seek features no discussions, just a race between imposters killing and crewmates finishing tasks. A few things are different though, there's no meeting at the start to announce the imposter, so the imposter is initially a secret, though they're usually revealed pretty quickly, as the format often uses voice chat, and players can communicate throughout the game until they're dead.
Basically, it's another way to spice up the format, and since there's no immediate meeting, it's even faster than Daylight. Make sure to keep imposter vision low so they have to work to track down the crewmates.
Summary: Voice chat players near you
In the proximity mod, players can talk freely throughout the game, but only those nearby will hear them. This helps share information and develop strategies, but beware, as imposters are also able to communicate and could be trying to deceive you.
Still, the feature generally benefits crewmates more, so you might want multiple imposters or low kill cooldowns to compensate.
Summary: Play with 100 players instead of 10
True to its name, 100-person matches feature ten times the player count, meaning you'll want about 10 imposters for balance. Emergency meetings are typically disabled to prevent trolls from spamming.
With so much happening at once, this one's crazy mayhem for people looking for as much chaos as strategy.
Summary: Play as the imposter against computer-controlled teammates
Single-player format always makes you the imposter, so they're great for those who prefer or need to practice the role. Although you miss out on some of the fun of real-world companions, playing with computers has its advantages, like the absence of spammy players or those prone to server-disconnects. You also don't need internet, so it's a nice option when wifi's out.
Summary: Adds a doctor who can revive crewmates
Doctor format features a randomly-chose doctor crewmate, who can revive a dead player's body. This grants a big advantage to the good team, but it paints a big target on the doctor's head, and revived players aren't allowed to share any information about their killer.
Getting the doctor to bodies isn't always easy either, and it creates an interesting dilemma for non-doctor crewmates over whether to report bodies or try and guide the doctor to them.
Summary: Adds a vigilante who can kill suspected imposters
Like the doctor mod, this one features a randomly-chosen crewmate playing a new role. Vigilantes are on the crewmate side, but like imposters, they can kill nearby players, useful when they suspect an imposter but can't get them ejected in a vote.
However, if the vigilante accidentally kills a fellow crewmate, they also die, so they must carefully time their ability lest they axe off two innocents and push the imposters that much closer to victory.
Summary: Adds a jester who wins by being voted off
Yet another new role, the jester isn't actually on any team's side: they win or lose alone. They basically play like a crewmate, but they don't win when crewmates win. Instead, they want to be ejected during a group discussion, at which point they win and everyone else loses.
This makes voting off imposters much more stressful, as there's always the looming threat of a jester purposefully trying to look sus. However, the jester can still be killed by imposters (and they don't automatically know who they are), so they must be careful to live long enough in the first place.
Among Us Tips
Before venturing into alternative game modes, you might want to ensure you have the basic game down. Practicing on different maps and gaining experience as both crewmate and imposter will help you no matter which format you're in, but for now, vote for your favorite game style and I'll see you at our next review!
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