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Among Us (2018) is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their spaceship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real-time the impostor carefully picks off players, who can then pause the game for an emergency meeting to discuss and vote traitors off the ship.

The novelty with Among Us is that you don't know who the traitor is so it becomes a game of wits as much as action. Like a parlour game, you must implicate other players in any killing or sabotage to deflect suspicion from yourself. The crew can vote to eject suspicious players. Being able to do this on a game with up to 10 people, each on separate devices is a lot of fun for the family.

The impostor wins by doing away with all the crew, while the crew win by managing to repair the ship and eject all the impostors. To do this they must react quickly to the sabotages and use admin maps and security cameras to keep tabs on other people.

You can opt for a Local or Online game. If playing with people you don't know you can select the Censor Chat mode that limits words and aims to blank out profanity.

Among Us is not on PlayStation or Xbox. Among Us, 2 has more chance of being on a console, although this will come to PC and smartphones first. There is a Roblox version of the game for Xbox, PC and smartphones. Roblox Among Us and (more popular) Roblox Impostor offer a similar experience.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Among Us 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Communication game with Fighting, Role-Play, Stealth and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 10 players in the same room or as a 14-player online game. Cross-Platform: Among Us has cross-platform between PC, Android and iOS. You can play together and communicate via text chat. Some players use Discord or similar apps to talk with voice. Play with people on other systems in public matches, or play with friends and family by creating or joining a private session.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Depending on how quickly the Impostor/Saboteur players are discovered.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence. "There are scenes of mild violence involving cartoon-like characters inside space suits. The violence is non-realistic, as are the reactions to the violence." You can view the kinds of violence in this video of the game's death animations.

Initially, this was rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence, but the rating was checked by a PEGI examiner and changed to PEGI 7. We spoke to the VSC Rating Board who offered some helpful background about the rating being changed. "Among Us was originally released in 2018 with a PEGI 16 rating. Given that thousands of digital games and apps are released every day, it’s not possible for staff to manually check the rating of every digital game and app in advance of release. As such, the initial rating for Among Us was issued on the basis of the developer filling in an IARC (International Age Rating Coalition) questionnaire about the content of the game. The VSC and NICAM check around 10,000 digital games and apps every year to ensure that the ratings generated by answering the IARC questionnaire are correct. With the recent spike in interest in Among Us, the game was checked and it was concluded that a PEGI 7 rating was more appropriate. The rating has now been updated on storefronts."
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Apple App Store rates Among Us 9+ for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon, Fantasy Violence and Horror/Fear 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.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Although you could play this at a younger age, it's most fun when players understand how to trick (and not to be tricked). Having the skill to convince friends and parents of their innocence has that added irony when you know this is hard to do in real life.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.


Among Us usually costs £3.29 to £7.19. 

Among Us

XBox Store Xbox X|S £4.19 Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS5 £3.29
PlayStation Store PS4 £3.29
Steam Store PC £3.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch Store Switch £3.89
XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

Among Us VR

Steam StoreSALE PC £7.19 £5.39 until 11/12/2023
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • 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.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
There is additional content you can purchase:
  • Brainslug Pet Bundle - adds Slug pets and UFO's to the game.
  • Polus Skin Bundle - adds a new map, winter gear and mining outfits.
  • Bedcrab Pet Bundle - adds Bedcrab and Squiq pets.
  • Hamster Pet Bundle - adds Hamster and Dog pets.

Among Us is free on iOS and Android but has adverts you can remove with a payment, as well as the above downloadable content. There are the following purchases:
  • Mini Crewmate Bundle
  • Remove All Ads
  • Hamster Pet Bundle
  • MIRA HQ Skin Bundle
  • 1M Download Hat Bundle
  • Top Hat
  • Polus Map Skins
  • Brainslug Pet Bundle
  • Stickmin Pet Bundle
  • White Top Hat 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 25% off

Out Now: Android, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-10 (14 online)

Genres: Action, Communication (Fighting, Role-Play, Stealth and Traversal)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made

Developer: Inner Sloth Devs (@InnerSlothDevs)

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