Best answer: Yes, there are some minor and major differences on the Switch version that may determine where you make your purchase. Some controls are easier on Switch, but it’s harder to communicate.
A new way to play Among Us
Among Us, the breakout mobile hit of 2020, took the world by storm with its addictive social deduction gameplay, reminiscent of party games like Mafia or Werewolf. Players must work together and complete tasks as they try to stay one step ahead of the Imposter lurking among them. It even won Best Mobile Game and Best Multiplayer Game at the Game Awards 2020. And like all great indie games, they eventually make their way to Nintendo’s hybrid handheld, the Nintendo Switch.
Announced during December’s Indie World showcase, Among Us is now available to download on the Nintendo Switch. This, of course, begs the question — is the Nintendo Switch version worth the download or is it sus? Well, the answer is somewhat complicated. This is pretty much the same game as it was on PC and mobile, with a few changes that may be significant enough to sway your purchase.
Looks like Among Us, taste like Among Us, must be Among Us
You can also play with players on other platforms as well, which is always a nice bonus. However, you will need Nintendo Switch Online to get online. This is a multiplayer game after all.
A lack of control, for better or worse
The use of a controller changes how easy or difficult some of the tasks are.
The use of a controller changes how easy or difficult some of the tasks are. The infamous Card Swipe task can now be controlled by spinning the control stick, and it’s remarkably easier to complete. Other tasks like the Fix Wiring tasks, cannot be completed with touch controls at all and are more difficult to complete. Touch screen control can still be used to complete most tasks, if you’re playing handheld, but are still easily completed with a button press most of the time.
When compared to the PC and mobile version, I did feel that movement was much easier on the Switch, and doing something fairly complex, like killing someone and venting out the other end of the room, was much easier on the Switch. However, the worst change occurs during the discussion phase, and this may determine whether the Switch version of Among Us is right for you.
I have no mouth and I must accuse
Communication is key to playing Among Us, and right now it’s a bit clunky on the system. You can use the touch screen to type while playing in handheld mode, but it still pales in comparison to typing on your phone or your PC.
If you’re going to play with friends, it’s worth jumping into a free Google Meet on your phone or computer to get around the Switch’s communication issues.
Where’s my silly suit?
It’s possible these could get added in a future update, though. We’ll update if we learn anything new about that.
Is the Nintendo Switch version of Among Us worth playing?
The Nintendo Switch version comes with its own set of pros and cons, but the biggest problem is that it’s difficult to communicate, which puts Switch players at a huge disadvantage when it comes to one of the most important parts of the game. It might be unfair to call the Nintendo Switch version the “worst” version, as it’s mostly identical to its PC and mobile counterparts in almost every other regard. It’s just a shame that such an important part of the game has become super clunky on the system. With that being said, no matter what version you choose to play on, you’re getting one of the best party games available on any system.
Try to make it out alive
Don’t get caught
Among Us lands on the Nintendo Switch and is still just as fun to play as the other versions, even if communication is a big problem.
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