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Review – Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes PSVR

by on October 26, 2016
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Release Date

July 16th, 2015 (Gear VR)
October 8th, 2015 (Windows PC)
December 14th, 2015 (OS X)
October 13th, 2016 (PlayStation®VR)

Developer

Steel Crate Games

 

The multiple award winning game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes has arrived on console in the form of the PlayStation VR. In Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, One player is trapped in a virtual room with a ticking time bomb they must defuse. The other players are the “Experts” who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the information found in the bomb defusal manual. But there’s a catch: the experts can’t see the bomb, so everyone will need to talk it out – fast!

One of the things I really enjoy with this game is that there are multiple puzzles that keep one and many entertained for a long period of time. While the concept behind the puzzles is the same, the method of defusing them is different. For example, one puzzle square is a Simon says style game that based on what color is initially flashing, the pattern in which you must defuse the bomb changes. Another puzzle square is a display that shows a number with 4 numbers to press below the main number. The key with that puzzle is to not only describe what you are seeing accurately to the “experts” but to also remember what key or number you pressed in previous steps.

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While the game itself can be played with 2 people, it still has the ability to add multiple people to read the manual to you, making it fun for your entire family or group of friends. On the PlayStation VR, the manuals are built into the game and display on the TV except for the in the VR headset you see the bomb itself. The manual on TV can be easily navigated with a 2nd dual shock controller. In our recent stream, we had a blast playing this game and looking forward to more time with it. Check out some of the fun we had with it in the videos below..


The Bomb “Defuser” View – Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes


The Bomb “Expert” View – Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes


Positives

Ability to support anywhere between 2 or an entire group of people
Multiple bomb puzzles with varying difficulty levels
Great controls and design with relation to the VR Aspect

Negatives

If only playing with 2 people, it may get a little boring after a few puzzles.

Editor Rating
 
Gameplay
A

 
Graphics
B

 
Story
B

 
Replay Value
B+

Total Score
B+

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Overall, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a great game to have for entertaining guests and having setup for parties. I think maybe on the 2 people in a room might get a little boring after a few puzzles, but having the added support to be able to have a whole group involved in playing I think adds the element it needed for endless fun.

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