United Arab Emirates’ studio, Hybrid Humans, has announced that one-of-a-kind party game of deception, WHO LURKS, has launched today for iOS and Android devices.
HOW TO PLAY
At the start of the game, the Alien player is randomly selected and must secretly sabotage the ship before it can reach its destination. On the opposing side, the crew’s objective is to “search and destroy” — or basically survive until the end of the game. With five or six players, a second alien might be added to the mix — making things even more tense!
Everyone (including the Alien) is assigned a role as part of the AE Hybrid’s crew: Captain, Soldier, Pilot, Engineer, Doctor, Chef. While aboard the AE Hybrid, players will encounter missions that are carried out through minigames. For example: In “Prisoners,” players must place colored dots in a “prison” of a matching color before time runs out; “Maze” generates a randomly-shaped maze that players must successfully navigate with their fingers; and “Patterns” presents players with five colored circles and a rhythm that must be duplicated.
At the start of each scenario, the crew selects a specialist for that mission. Each role excels at certain tasks and can give the entire crew certain benefits as long as the right specialist is chosen. However, if the wrong specialist is chosen, the mission becomes much harder — and if the specialist fails the mission, the damage to the ship can be catastrophic. If the Alien is chosen as the specialist, the player will have to choose between purposefully failing the mission to cause the most damage or successfully completing the mission and staying hidden from suspicion. Once per game, Aliens can deploy a special mutator to make missions more difficult for the specialist players (such as adding mines to the Maze game or forcing players to repeat patterns in reverse) — giving them a greater likelihood of failure.
Players take turns playing each minigame by passing the device around the room until everyone has taken a turn. At the end of each round, players can view each other’s stats to uncover how many missions a crew member has completed or failed. Then the crew as a whole gets to eliminate one member as a possible Alien traitor! Players must choose carefully; for every innocent lost crew member, the player loses that member’s specialization — and the Alien is one step closer to victory.
In single-player mode, the player is the last surviving member of the crew and must perform missions alone. After completing enough missions, a special module can be unlocked that will enable the player to discover the identity of the Alien in multiplayer games.
Fakhra AlMansouri (Chief Executive Officer & Game Director at Hybrid Humans):
“With Who Lurks, our goal was to faithfully recreate on mobile that old-school experience that only traditional deception games such as Werewolf used to offer. Having a touchscreen makes all the difference in the world: There’s nothing quite like having to figure out in real time if crewmates are legitimately bad at their jobs … or Aliens in disguise!”
Who Lurks Key Features:
- Experience a thrilling party board game in a digital format
- Practice your poker face with local multiplayer and 3-6 of your closest friends
- Play with a single device in pass-and-play mode
- Perfect your Alien Abilities and disrupt the human players
- Enjoy a fast-paced single-player mode and unlock more content
- Challenge your friends in Hard mode, where high tension can result in more mistakes — leading to more damage to your ship and even more difficulty locating the Alien saboteur(s) among you
Here is the Who Lurks official trailer:
* Remove ads: $1.99
* Hack system + remove ads: $2.99
* Full unlock (bundle): $4.99