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In the small town of Salem, you are randomly assigned one of the over forty roles to play as for the duration of the game. These roles are divided into Townsfolk, Neutral, and Mafia categories (you can pay to unlock the Coven category as well). Each of these groups of roles has a different objective, whether that's the Townsfolk's goal of lynching all the villains, or the Mafia's goal of killing everyone who won't submit to them.
Throughout each game, you need to work to further your goal without people from other affiliations finding out. Play is split into day and night. At night, you use abilities and actions specific to your individual role to further your goals, be that killing someone who knows too much or bugging a person of interest's house. During the day, the last night's murders are revealed to all, and some roles also get extra information. All players then meet to discuss and vote on a player to lynch.
It's this communication that makes the game so much fun. Being careful about what useful information to reveal is crucial. You can carefully drop in a comment that will incriminate other players or maybe sabotage someone you suspect. Or perhaps you'll focus on deflecting attention from yourself to avoid suspicion. The game ends when one player or group has achieved their goals and is crowned the winner.
The result is a unique game that offers a similar premise to Among Us, Goose Goose Duck and TV shows like The Traitors and The Mole. Deducing who your friends and your enemies are before finally achieving your objective after close calls and tense moments is both hugely rewarding and entertaining, offering a unique way to play with friends across the world.
Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Town of Salem 12 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
Cross-Play: Play across all devices.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence and Mild Blood.
Rated 9+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor and Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. There are lots of different roles and complex systems and mechanics you need to master, and each role requires a different set of skills and deep strategy. In addition, players must be able to communicate well with others and be able to cope with losing repeatedly, occasionally after long rounds.
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Town of Salem
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
In all versions of the game, you can buy extra content called The Covern, which introduced a new class of roles to play as. In the mobile version, the game is free but there are adverts (you can pay to remove these) and you can also buy in-game currency and cosmetics with real money.
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Release Date: 15/12/2014, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Web and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Players: 1 (15 online)
Accessibility: 18 features
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made