After two years of its existence, Innersloth’s Among Us has seen its peak the multiplayer indie game rankings with over 110,000 players engaged every hour. The game’s popularity isn’t just because of its sheer brilliant storyline but also because it supports unrestricted crossplay between PC, iOS, and Android devices.
If you’re on the PC side of things, you should be glad to know that Among Us is available for download on Windows 10, albeit for a measly price of $5, which cannot be said about Mac devices. But what if you don’t wish to pay the asking price and want to still play it for free. In the following post, we’ll help you get Among Us on Windows for free, discuss how well it runs and whether it’s better than getting Among Us via Steam.
Run the free Android version on your Windows or Mac using BlueStacks Android Emulator
If you wish to play Among Us for free on your Windows PC, you can do so by installing the Bluestacks Android emulator which creates a virtual machine on your computer to run Android like you would on a smartphone. By using BlueStacks, you can utilize all the things that come with Android like installing apps and games, directly on your PC without needing any additional hardware.
1. Install BlueStacks
After the file has been downloaded, locate a file named ‘BlueStackInstaller.exe’ in your ‘Downloads’ folder and open it by double-clicking on it. If Windows prompts you about whether you want the application to be opened, click on ‘Run’ and let the installer open up on your screen.
When the installer opens, click on the ‘Install now’ button at the bottom and follow the on-screen instructions to properly install the app on your desktop. Bluestacks will now get installed on your Windows 10 PC and you need to give it a few minutes to complete the installation before the first boot.
2. Run BlueStacks
Once the app has been installed, Bluestacks will launch for the first time. In case it doesn’t, launch Bluestacks from the Start Menu on your PC and after successful booting, wait for it to greet you with a ‘Welcome’ screen. In this welcome screen, click on the ‘Let’s Go’ button and proceed to sign in to your Google account by entering your credentials.
After you have entered your account username and password and agreed to Google’s terms of service, you can complete the sign-in process at which point you will be taken to the Android home screen running on Bluestacks.
3. Install Among Us game from the Play Store
Now, you can proceed to install the Among Us game on Bluestacks by opening the Google Play Store and then searching for “Among Us” from inside the search tool at the top. You will need to locate the game and find one that has InnerSloth LLC mentioned as the game’s developer. Once you’ve found it, click on the ‘Install’ button on the right-hand side of the game’s Play Store listing and wait for it to install.
Google Play will now install the ‘Among Us’ game on the Android system and once, it’s installed, click on the ‘Open’ button. This will open the game on your Windows PC screen and you can start playing Among Us without any hassle.
Is performance on BlueStacks good?
As is the case with any application you install on your Windows 10 PC, there are a few criteria you should meet to run Bluestacks on your system. The service mentions that in order to run the latest version Bluestacks 4 on Windows 10, you need to have:
- Windows 7 or later (Windows 10 recommended)
- Intel or AMD Processor
- 2GB of RAM (8GB or higher recommended)
- 5GB of HDD space (SSD storage recommended)
- Latest graphics drivers installed (Intel/Nvidia/ATI cards recommended)
Although Among Us should run on most modern systems, several users reported that they were unable to play the game due to random crashes and freezes.
This wasn’t a one-off issue and there have been similar instances about the game getting laggy and jittery after a certain point.
Some users didn’t even get to launch the game as they were greeted with a black screen with nothing to interact with.
The same was the case with this user as well.
Should you just buy the game on Steam?
Yes. Although Among Us costs as much as $5 when purchased on Steam, the fact remains is that you can directly install the game on your Windows machine without needing to depend on a third-party service. Not to mention, Among Us on Steam has received positive feedback of around 93%, of which 60K ratings were submitted in the past month alone.
▶ Download Among Us on Steam
Alternatives to BlueStacks
If Among Us on Bluestacks isn’t settling in right for you, then one option you can try before deciding on buying the game from steam is an alternative for Bluestacks itself. Games can sometimes be jittery on some Android emulators and there might be a Bluestacks compatibility issue with your system.
You can try the following alternatives instead of Bluestacks to install and play Among Us:
If any of these methods worked right for you or if you can anything else to add to our list, feel free to hit us in the comments below.