Article & Photo By: Emmanuel Vallarta
In the midst of a global pandemic that has left everyone both stranded in their home and with a ravaged economy, everyone is looking to escape reality for a little, while not breaking the bank. Many people turn to reading, meditating, self-care, or exercise to ease their stress and forget about the pandemic, while others have turned to online games with friends to have a sense of normalcy. Online games have always been popular in the world, but never have as many casual players been interested in them.
Among Us has recently exploded in popularity because of TikTok & popular YouTubers, such as PewDiePie, Jacksepticey, and Corpse Husband. Among Us is an indie game published by InnerSloth and is a social deduction game set in space, like Werewolf or Mafia. There are ten players, and either one, two, or three murderers are “impostors”. As the game progresses and people die, you head into the chat to discuss who you think is an impostor based on any evidence you have. This simple concept translated into the video game world has captivated over 100 million people since 2018, and has been on the number one charts in both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Junior Trinity Rush, who has played Among Us says, “I like playing Among Us because I like being the imposter and I like playing with friends because it makes it seem like your hanging out when you can’t hang out in real life also I first started playing it to see what the hype was all about” You can download this game on both iOS and Android for free and play with friends or strangers online. It is also available on Steam for $4.99.
Another popular game that has boomed in popularity on YouTube and Twitch is Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. This game is very comparable to the 2008 Game Show, Wipeout. In Fall Guys, the aim of the game is to reach the end of an obstacle course without falling off the edge or pairing up with others to beat the opposing team in mini-games that change from soccer dubbed “Fall Ball” to a capture the flag inspired game which is dubbed “Egg Scramble.” The game starts with 60 players, and gradually players are falling off the course or being eliminated. This style of “battle royale-esque” gameplay mixed with obstacle course inspired game design makes for a fun experience, especially with friends. Although not as popular as it was in August, it is still a fun game that people should check out. It is available on Steam and for the Sony Playstation 4, costing $19.99.
Not as popular as its console counterpart, Mario Kart Tour is the translation of the iconic game series by Nintendo, Mario Kart, to the mobile gaming market. This game has been out for over a year, and although almost all of the attention it had in the first couple weeks has died, it is still a fun game to play with friends. It follows the same racing formula as the console games, being the first to the finish line wins. A year after its release, the inclusion of landscape gameplay has made this racing game far more enjoyable than it was a year ago. Tournaments and unlockable characters are still here, along with the microtransactions. This is a great game to play when hanging out with friends, on a road trip or just on a weekend when you are relaxing and have time to spare, but definitely not a substitute for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It is free to download on both iOS and Android.