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12 Games Like Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

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.
 

These games offer a similar experience or are about a theme that Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes addresses. Also, if you want to play a game like Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes but don’t have PS4, these are a good alternative.

 

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/10/2016

Platforms: PlayStation 4.

Genres: Puzzle.

 

 

39 Days to Mars

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

39 Days to Mars is a game where players cooperate to build and fix a nineteenth-century steam-powered spaceship en route to Mars. With another player, you play one of two full voice-acted characters and solve puzzles by interacting with switches, levers...


Spaceteam (Series)

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

Players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral Synth’, ‘Gripvent’, ‘Starmesh’,...


Overcooked (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | Series S

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated...


Moving Out

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Moving Out is an action-puzzle game where you play a removal company. With up to four players you work together to get items out of the house and into the van. Although this starts simply you soon find furniture that is an awkward shape or needs two...


Tick Tock: A Tale For Two

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Played simultaneously with a friend, this is a narrative-driven puzzle game where you must escape an eerie world created by a clockmaker. It's unusual because each player's game is slightly different and must be combined to solve the puzzles. Through...


Good Job!

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You play an office employee with a difference. Together with a friend you must climb the corporate ladder to take over the family business. But rather than starting as tea boy and working up, you have a set of more bizarre office problems: building zen...


Words With Friends

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Free.

Words with Friends is online Scrabble. You take turns placing tiles to make words crossword-style. Because the game is online you can play with people in different places, but also without having to be online at the same time with its asynchronous play.


The Jackbox Party

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Jackbox Party series offers collections of party games using the smartphone and TV combination but can be played on most devices. This, like That's You, offers a novel way to play together as a family.


Hacktag

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Hacktag is a fast two-player game: one player is the stealth ‘Agent’ while the other is the virtually-infiltrating ‘Hacker’. You work with the other player to carry out espionage in different settings and complete each challenge.


Among Us

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Among Us (and the upcoming sequel Among Us 2) is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game...


Impostor

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

Impostor is a space survival game like Among Us. It’s a Roblox game so is a version Among Us for Xbox consoles (along with PC, smartphones and tablets). The game is similar to the official Among Us game although it offers 3D...


That’s You!

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 40 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

That's You! is a family quiz game played on the PlayStation using Android or iOS phones/tablets as controllers. The game displays a challenge on the main TV screen that each player tries to complete on the device in their hand.


 
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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes in the following lists:

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. This is as true about video games as it is when building a massive sandcastle on the beach or playing hopscotch in the playground. Finding brilliant team games is a great way to involve more people in the fun and share the experience together as a family. More experienced players naturally help novices contribute to the team.
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.

These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
 

Educational Games That Are Also Good Games

These games have an educational element to them, but also offer experiences that are good games in their own right. This isn't busywork to trick you into learning, but clever and innovative ways to encounter history, physics, engineering, maths, geography and language subjects without feeling like you are in school. They also teach softer, deeper skills like long term strategy, planning, balancing systems, emotional intelligence, compassion, team-work and self-care.

Some of these games are aimed at younger players to play on their own, but others (as indicated by their PEGI ratings) are better for teenagers or played together in a family. Find some games that pique your interest, read through the details and decide how your child might benefit from playing them.
 

Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.
 

Talk To Win

Most video games are about what happens on the screen. Or that's what it's easy to assume. However, the best multiplayer experiences are as much about interactions between the other players in the real world. Whether you are set next to you opponent on the sofa, or chatting to them online, deciding whether to trust them and how best to get the better of them is a lot of fun.

The games in this list, take this aspect of all video games, and make it a central part of the play. It includes games where you need to pause the action and talk about who's the murderer, like Among Us. Or they require you to talk to each other to decipher how not to die like Keep Talking and Nobody Dies. Then there are games where you need to talk to co-ordinate your strategy like Wilmot's Warehouse and Conduct Together.
 

Get Children Talking

It can seem that all children do these days is stare at their screens and play video games. We worry about screen time and what the violence, addiction and gambling is doing to their brains.

However, along with screen time comes many other things we can celebrate. All kids do these days is talking to other. All kids do these days is learn the skills of rhetoric and debating. All kids do these days is develop their social confidence.

It sounds a little far fetched, but watching my kids play the new “hit” game Among Us I’ve realised these are exactly the sorts of things they are really developing when they are sat staring at their screens.

Here are some great examples where you need to talk, and talk intelligently and intelligibly, to do well in the game.
 
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