At first glance Town of Salem by BlankMediaGames seems like any other social media game. It’s got cute characters and quirky avatar content. However, beneath the cuddly facade is a game that is fueled by human hysteria and mob mentality.
The whole premise is that you’re in a fictional town with 29 unique player roles selected for the players at random, with different alignments, Mafia, townsfolk, serial killers, arsonists and neutrals. Each game there are at least 4 players who’s role it is to kill and betray other players.
Townies must work together using the skills of their roles to find the serial killer and the mob. It’s a race against the clock, because each round the town will vote to execute a player, and the side that has the most players still alive by the end wins.
To win, you must be a detective, a liar, and a lie detector. But not even that can really save you from the hysteria that forms among the players once they start putting others on trial. You could be a valuable role, like a sheriff, doctor, or investigator, and still be mistaken for being a serial killer or a mafia member.
There is morbid sense of humor among the players. Half the fun is in the fact that this game not only allows you to murder players, but enables murderers to leave notes, and players to leave behind wills with clues that can lead to the culprits.
Players benefit from keeping their roles secret, and with this in mind, the game allows you to choose a new screen name each time you play. It’s not uncommon to find out that Batman has been killed, or that the serial killer is claiming that he slept with your mom.
The aspects of this game are heightened when you go into the other variations of the game where the hysteria is turned up further, and more roles are added. Roles like witch or arsonist, up the ante, as people scramble to identify mob members and find the serial killer before time runs out.
The game is currently in open beta on it’s website and on Facebook, and though it’s still somewhat buggy and disorganized in it’s menus, it’s a game worth trying out. The game is currently free, and so far it only monetizes avatar accessories.
Although this is by all means a game pitched to the social media crowd, it’s appeal is in it’s dark twisted sense of humor, and it’s ability to make stabbing your friends in the back, sound like a good time. Betrayal has never been so much fun.
Game details from developer
Town of Salem – a game of murder, deception, lying and mob hysteria
Town of Salem is a browser-based game that challenges players on their ability to convincingly lie as well as detect when other players are lying. The game ranges from 7 to 15 players. These players are randomly divided into alignments – Town, Mafia, Serial Killers, Arsonists and Neutrals. If you are a Town member (the good guys) you must track down the Mafia and other villains before they kill you. The catch? You don’t know who is a Town member and who is a villain. If you are an evil role, such as a Serial Killer, you secretly murder town members in the veil of night and try to avoid getting caught.
Town of Salem has 29 unique roles ensuring a different experience each time you play. Before a game starts players are put into a lobby where the host can select what roles will be in the game. Players are then assigned roles at random from the list of chosen roles. Players have an in-game role card that explains their roles abilities and alignments.
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The night phase is when most roles use their abilities. Serial Killers stealthily murder people, Doctors heal people who are attacked, Sheriffs interrogate people for suspicious activity and many more unique role abilities.
The day phase allows the Town members to discuss who they suspect of being an evil role. Once the voting phase starts a majority vote from the town will put someone on trial.
The defense phase is when you plead your innocence to the town. Have a convincing story or find yourself facing the gallows!
During this phase the town will vote on the fate of the defendant. Players can vote guilty, innocent or abstain. If there are more guilty votes than innocent votes the defendant is sentenced to death by hanging!
There are currently over 300 unique achievements in the game.
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