Among Us has been blowing up online but it hasn't been available for console until now so here are my thoughts on the Switch version.
Although I don't watch streamers and am frequently out of the loop with whatever is the new "it" game, I have heard of Among Us and its premise of figuring out who the imposter is within your space crew definitely piqued my interest. Needless to say, once I saw it was available for Switch, I had to give it a try and I'm overall quite happy that I did. For the unfamiliar, you are randomly assigned the role of either crew member or imposter. If you're the former, you simply try to complete a list of tasks while observing to deduce who the imposter is. Meanwhile, the imposter sabotages your efforts and has the ability to murder members of the crew every once in a while. If the imposter is correctly pointed out or all of the tasks are completed, the crew wins but if the imposter gets away with their shenanigans then they win. It's really quite simple at its core and is very easy to pick-up-and-play for gamers of all skill levels.
Almost everything about Among Us' gameplay is well implemented from its easily digestible rules to its mechanics. For example, the tasks involve mastering very simple mini-games such as attaching wires in a cable box, emptying garbage chutes, and filling gas canisters to fuel the engines. It's all extremely intuitive and self-explanatory and the trickiest part is often going from point A to point B while trying not to get murdered. As the imposter, the toughest part is murdering folks and sabotaging things without being noticed by other crew members. Because of all these elements, there are lots of strategies that can be learned and implemented no matter which role you're currently in and executing your skills well is rewarding stuff, especially whenever you're playing with a capable group of players.
With all of that being said, the amount of fun you'll have with Among Us almost entirely relies on the group of players that you're playing with. You can play online with random players or invite friends to private sessions and there's also a local wireless multiplayer option but every player will have to play on their own Switch. If you're like me then you'll probably play with random players online and that's where Among Us can become a patience-testing frustrating experience. Often, the people I played with ran around willy-nilly and called emergency votes to decide who the imposter was before anything even happened in the match. It can be highly irritating for sure but if you're lucky enough to play with friends who are actually willing to play properly then Among Us can be much more enjoyable.
Even if you manage to get a solid group together, the core gameplay of Among Us becomes repetitive quite quickly. Deducing who the imposter is, playing as the imposter, and completing tasks are all quite simple feats at their core and the fact that there are only a few maps makes the gameplay even less varied. I wish there was an expert mode that implemented more wrinkles to the basic formula such as featuring procedurally-generated stage layouts. Also, this Switch version of Among Us could use a lot of fine-tuning. For starters, there are some odd bugs such as multiple players being able to report the same dead body which results in pointless back-to-back votes. Another annoying issue is that you can't just join any online match automatically. Instead, you have to choose which lobby to join and they fill up fast so you'll manually keep trying to join different lobbies over and over again until you miraculously get into a match.
Among Us is a game made for those who have a lot of online friends or followers. If you don't fit that description then you can have fun but will more than likely get irritated while playing with random players who obviously have no idea what they're doing.
- + Easy to pick-up-and-play yet learning strategies makes it rewarding
- + Mechanics and rules are well implemented
- + Can be a lot of fun with friends
- - Fun almost entirely depends on the group that you're playing with
- - Could currently use a lot of fine-tuning
- - Gameplay gets repetitive quite fast