‘Among Us’, a game described as “An online and local party game of teamwork and betrayal for 4-10 players…in space!” is the latest big fad in mobile gaming. If you haven’t heard of it yet, then you soon will!
Among Us is essentially a social deduction game, similar to the party games Mafia, Werewolf or Wink Murder, in which the ‘Crew Mates’ must work together to uncover the identity of ‘Imposters’ among them. Although originally released in 2018, it has only recently become a huge hit, in part due to lockdown and in part due to being featured heavily on Switch and Youtube gaming channels. The game is admittedly very fun, especially when played with family and highly addictive, although it does still present a few E-Safety issues that require consideration.
The gameplay itself is fairly child friendly and comes with an age 7+ rating due to very mild cartoon violence, but like with most apps, the main problem lies on the ‘public’ feature of the game. This allows children to play with any other players in the world, the necessary chat feature of the game then opening them to being exposed to inappropriate language etc. This however can be easily circumvented by only playing ‘private’ games, meaning they will only be playing against people they know.
Please have a look at the attached E-Safety guide for more info, and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!