Why Clones of the Popular Game Among Us always Fall Flat

Lack of originality, game design sensibility, and polish are some of the most common reasons.

Key illustration of the Among Us clone game, “Werewolf Among Us”
Key illustration of the Among Us clone game, “Werewolf Among Us”
“Werewolf Among Us” is a clone of the popular game Among Us, specifically for the Chinese market.
Feature artwork for the game “Among Us”
Feature artwork for the game “Among Us”
Among Us feature artwork, by Innersloth Games

What is Among Us?

Image of US Congresswoman AOC playing Among Us on Twitch.tv
Image of US Congresswoman AOC playing Among Us on Twitch.tv
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plays Among Us on Twitch.tv, to speak to youths and raise awareness for political matters.

Here Comes The Imposters

An among us clone, “Pretend”
An among us clone, “Pretend”
There’s something about the game named “Pretend” that is particularly ironic. Source, https://youtu.be/mjrx7ZrBQ1k

A Hefty Design Challenge

Designers drawing on a whiteboard
Designers drawing on a whiteboard
Designing a game that is both asymmetrical yet fair and fun for all players is a big challenge for any game designer. Photo by Kaleidico on Unsplash

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