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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Review

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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 9 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

In this game you’re confronted with a bomb on the screen that has to be defused, requiring a series of modules to be disarmed. The bomb defuser player can see and operate the bomb but the other players, who have the defuse instructions, can’t. The bomb defuser must describe the bomb and the other players look up how to defuse it from the bomb manual. If the time runs out, the bomb explodes and you all lose. This simple premise works across different ages and levels of experience because it can quickly be understood by anyone.

Played with a parent at the bomb controls and children consulting the manual on how to defuse it, this creates a reversal of power. Suddenly the ones with the knowledge, children must develop ways of communicating the right information clearly. This can start with some frustration, as they want parents to somehow automatically know what to do. But over time they learn to listen carefully to the bomb defuser’s description of the bomb and then find the right answers in the manual to help the parent or carer progress.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/10/2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @SteelCrateGames

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 20 minutes and half an hour to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Rounds last 20 minutes each, depending on how good you are at defusing the bombs together. The whole game takes a good 7 hours to solve. This can be played with large groups, with one person defusing the bomb and the rest trying to help them.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

 

This game was rated PEGI-3 and is suitable for all ages.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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