The premise of Among Us is already the perfect set-up for a psychological horror film or game. Among Us is a massively popular social deduction game where players take the role of spaceman crewmates. One or two people in the group will be assigned the role of Impostor, and these players will need to sabotage and kill every crewmate until there is an equal number of crewmates as Impostors left alive. The crewmates must finish all the assigned tasks and vote out all Impostors. The premise mirrors that of other party games like Werewolf and Mafia. It’s also a premise players can tailor to create custom mini-games that will change up the experience.
Some members of the Among Us community have built mini-games that mimic popular childhood games like Hide and Seek or Cops and Robbers. But players can also turn the game into their favorite slasher movie by following the rules and settings for Slasher mode. Slasher mode is a mini-game created by streamer and YouTuber CartOonz and can be compared to Hide and Seek mode. In the slasher game mode, Impostors once again have access to using sabotage, and crewmates are allowed to report dead bodies, but not allowed to vote anyone out. Here are the rules and settings to use when setting up a game of Among Us in slasher mode.
It’s important for players to note that Slasher mode and other similar custom mini-games are difficult if not impossible to enjoy when playing with random strangers. These games require a high level of cooperation between players. Among Us currently does not support the mini-game formats, so players need to agree and adhere to a set of house rules instead.
In slasher mode, Impostors get all the attention. Their goal is to kill all the crewmates before the crewmates can finish their tasks. Crewmates, meanwhile, need to avoid the Impostors and complete all their tasks as quickly as possible to win. This is similar to the original way to play Among Us. However, because the crewmates aren’t able to vote out the Impostors, the game becomes less about social deduction and more about survival.
Impostors are allowed to sabotage the entire map, with a few notable exceptions. They are not allowed to lock doors, and they may not use vent-kills. Crewmates are also able to fix any sabotages, which is different from the Hide and Seek game mode options. Like always, killed crewmates, the Ghosts, may not speak during meetings, and they can’t reveal the position of any of the Impostors.
The basic settings for this game mode are:
- Impostors: 2 (for 8+ players in a lobby)
- Confirm ejects: Off
- Emergency Meetings: 1
- Anonymous votes: Off
- Discussion time: 15s
- Voting time: 120 seconds
- Player Speed: 1.5x
- Crewmate Vision: 1x
- Impostor Vision: 1.5x
- Kill Cooldown: 27.5 seconds
- Kill Distance: Short
- Visual Tasks: Off
- Common Tasks: 1
- Long Tasks: 3
- Short Tasks: 2
As with most of the custom mini-games, however, players can experiment and modify this formula to see what works best for their group.
For example, some groups prefer to give crewmates a bigger advantage by putting their vision at 2x and making Impostor vision only 0.5x. Other players allow Impostors to lock doors and no other acts of sabotage. Ultimately, the fun of this game mode is finding what works best for the group and allows for the most balanced gameplay that will still change the tension and experience.
Among Us is set to get a new map soon, which should also keep the game feeling fresh and ensure players don’t fall into a routine while playing. Future updates may even make these mini-games easier to coordinate with players who don’t know each other.
Among Us is available for PC, iOS, and Android devices.