It seemed to come out of nowhere. Just like a spaceman-eating, alien imposter crawling through the vents, Among Us took our collective imaginations by storm. Among Us, having been released back in 2018 by game studio, Inner Sloth, flew up the charts this summer. As of December, it ranks in the top five currently played games on Steam and Twitch, managing to snag a spot among the top AAA multiplayers, despite coming from an indie studio. It’s become a bit of a fascination for both players and statistics nerds alike. Why did it become so popular? Most likely, there’s a variety of factors, including Twitch streamers, memes, and the fact that we’ve all been stuck at home this year.
Besides all the outside elements, Among Us is popular because it is a fun and accessible game. With relatively short rounds, social features, and gameplay mechanics that almost anyone can master with ease, Among Us is a great play. Plus, who doesn’t like to secretly pick off friends one by one? If you’re looking for another fun imposter game to play, look no further. We’ve got a list of six games you can play right now that will satisfy the urge to throw your friends out an airlock.
Our first game on the list will have you shivering, and not just from the imposter sabotaging your group’s chances at survival. Project Winter, as the name may suggest, is set in the unforgiving and icy artic tundra. Eight players are tasked with surviving and escaping the wilderness. Well, not all eight players. In Project Winter, by developer Other Ocean Interactive, there are traitors seeded among the group whose only goal is to sow cold-blooded chaos and ultimately sabotage the escape attempt.
For the innocent, you’ll be helping collect food and materials, unlock bunkers, and support your team members. In a world filled with hungry bears and an incoming mega-blizzard, it’s imperative that you work with the group. That becomes more difficult the more players are killed off. The two traitors can use a myriad of ways to kill off the survivors and ultimately achieve their goal of preventing anyone from calling for help:. Landmines, poison, the classic knife to the back, you name it, you can probably use it to kill someone. So. grab your snow coat, and remember, trust no one.
We’re heading back up into space with this next title, though not in the way you might think. Barotrauma, by Finnish studio Undertow Games, follows a submarine crew trolling the unwelcoming oceans of Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. The term barotrauma is used to describe the ill effects of decompression sickness – when divers rise to the surface too fast. The name of this game makes sense, since you’ll be stuck far beneath the water with more than a few monsters. In Barotrauma, there are scores of differing missions and even more ways that things can go wrong. This dark side-scroller has quite a few horror elements, including alien monsters and dangerous pitfalls around every corner. Add in a traitor among the crew, and you’ve got a game that will stick with you once the lights are turned out.
Unlike the other games on this list, the social deduction aspect is optional. You can set traitors to ‘yes’ or ‘no’ before the mission starts. If you’re brave, you can even set it to ‘maybe,’ which will have you constantly guessing whether your friends are loyal or not. The full game hasn’t been released yet, but there is still the option to play in early access. The developers are consistently coming out with new features, so you’re sure to get some good play in while the final product is still in development.
Town of Salem
If you’ve ever played any of the older, table-top imposter games like Mafia or Werewolf, then you’ll get a kick out of Town of Salem by BlankMediaGames. Join up with seven to fifteen of your friends for this quick and fun party experience. Once you’ve got everyone, you’ll be taken to a waiting room where the host will assign you one of thirty-three roles.
The rules are predicable: root out those individuals assigned ‘evil’ roles, while trying to preserve the ‘good’ characters, and of course yourself. Players will be able to choose their own map (town setting), character, death animation and house, so it’s fairly customizable. Plus, with cartoonish graphics and a hefty handful of characters to pick, you won’t need to rely on your imagination. For those looking for a bit of board-game nostalgia on top of your backstabbing, then Town of Salem is the game for you.
At first glance, Unfortunate Spacemen, by developer Geoffe “Zag” Keen, may just look like a clone of Among Us. It’s got color coded spacemen, and an alien imposter devouring the crew. In fact, Unfortunate Spacemen was released more than two years before Among Us. Unfortunate Spacemen also boasts quite a few interesting mechanics which differentiates the game from this list’s namesake.
As mentioned above, the premise of Unfortunate Spacemen is very similar to that of Among Us. One major aspect which differs from Among Us is all the players must band together to fight the monster, instead of taking the easy route and throwing the monster out of the airlock. What made Among Us so popular was its casual gameplay, but if you’re looking for more of a challenge, then Unfortunate Spacemen is a great place to start. With a variety of complex maps to explore, difficult tasks to complete, and far more complicated tribunal rules, Unfortunate Spaceman is a fun social deduction game with fast-paced action elements.
It seems like cyberpunk themed games are all the rage the past few years, and this can be seen in the next experience on our list. MindNight, by game studio No Moon, is a social deduction game set in San Francisco, 2038. Players enact a group of agents as they try and secure three out of five internet nodes. In this futuristic world, open internet has all but disappeared, and the agents are trying to keep it that way. Little do they know, however, there are several hackers among their ranks, and they’re also trying to secure three of the nodes for entirely different purposes.
The gameplay style is very similar to that of Town of Salem. The atmosphere is one of dingy, pixelated, cyberpunk. The best part? It’s free-to-play on Steam as of the December, 2020, so you’re not losing anything by trying it out. I would recommend setting up a private room with your friends, and giving it a try!
Get it here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/667870/MINDNIGHT/
Enemy on Board
The final game on our list is in still in Early Access, so the full experience isn’t available. That being said, what game studio Windwalk Games has so far is impressive to say the least. Much like most of the games on our list, Enemy on Board is a multiplayer game where two out of eight players are alien imposters slowly picking off crewmembers one by one. What makes this game so unique isn’t the premise necessarily, but the way it’s carried out.
Crew members are expected to find the enemies among them while repairing the spaceship’s generators to escape being stranded. There are elements of both social deduction as well as combat. The art style is beautiful, the character designs unique. Of the nine crew members you can choose from, each has their own unique ability and perk. Aliens, too, each have their own perk, and the two aliens in the game can communicate with each other via a private channel. Right now, early access is free-to-play, so try it out before they release the full game!
Will you gather your friends to try out one of the games from this list? Or are you going to go play another round of Among Us? Let us know if the comments!