Have you ever wanted to betray your friends and make them question their trust in you for weeks? If you answered “Yes,” than developer InnerSloth’s Among Us is the game for you. This multiplayer games tasks players with repairing a futuristic base as 1-2 fake crewmates attempt to systematically murder the opposing users. Among Us encourages people to only talk during specific “Discussion” moments to level the playing field for the imposters. This crafts tense scenarios, where people attempt to deflect, accuse, and save themselves from being ejected into space.
However, Among Us is not great at teaching new players the ins and outs of actually playing. So if you’re completely new, whether on PC or mobile, here are some beginner tips to get you started. Keep in mind, every game of Among Us will play out differently since you’re relying on others as well. There are just some things you cannot control, especially during discussions.
How to Play the Crewmate
The role you’ll most frequently be assigned, crewmates are tasked with completing tasks scattered throughout the space station or ship. These tasks are listed in the top left of your screen and they can be completed in any order. Before you even start playing, if you are on PC I strongly recommend changing the controls over to mouse and keyboard, instead of just the mouse. Trust me, only using the mouse will make you far easier to kill – especially if you’re brand new.
When the game starts, I recommend trying to get as many of your tasks done as possible. Try to stick in a group to ensure that you aren’t picked off by the impostor. This will also give you some deniability if others begin to accuse you of being the murderer. You’ll always want to focus on getting your tasks done, as it’s one of the only ways your team can actually win. These are small mini-games that range from scanning your ID card to getting rid of the trash to blowing up asteroids. However, I recommend holding off on doing certain tasks like the medical scanning in the Medbay, as other players can see you visually completing this. Since impostors cannot complete tasks, showing you finishing one is definitive proof you are a crewmate.
Try to not wander off on your own too much, as this will most likely lead to your death. If you do need to go complete a task where no one is, be cognizant of your surroundings. Impostors can jump out of any vent, giving them easy access to almost every room in every map. Inversely, if you are in a group, try to keep at least some distance from your other teammates. If everyone is stacked on top of one another, the impostor could kill someone and make it impossible to decipher who it was. By spacing out when moving with people, the killer would need to physically move next to you.
Of course, the most important aspect of being a crewmate is how you handle the discussion period. This is a predetermined portion where everyone can talk. How this plays out will entirely depend on what took place before the meeting and who you are playing with. But, if you are struggling to make any impact in discussions here are a few quick tips to, hopefully, keep you alive:
- Don’t talk too much. People often talk themselves into being ejected from the group.
- Stop trusting people. Imposters will say anything to survive.
- Be clear when asked what you were doing. Vague statements will cast doubt on you.
- It’s okay to skip voting if you’re unsure of who to believe.
- If you know for a fact someone is an imposter, be confident and direct when outing them to the group.
You won’t win every discussion, so don’t try to hold grudges across multiple games. Remember, you are relying on additional players, so it’s totally possible to still die because of others.