ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a Blast

Updated on October 22, 2019

A few weeks ago I stumbled across an archived YouTube stream of Easy Allies playing the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes and after just a few minutes I was hooked.

The Allies do a fantastic job of showing off just how fun this game can be and I needed to get my hands on this thing, but I had one problem. I don't have a VR. Luckily Steel Crate Games made the game playable on Nintendo Switch without the need for a VR headset and while probably not the ideal way to play it is still a whole lot of fun.

For those of you who don't know what this game is, it is fairly easy to explain. To play you need at least 2 players. One player holds "the bomb", which is displayed on your VR, computer screen, Switch or even phone, and the other has a manual with the instructions to disarm said bomb. The 23 page manual can be printed out off of their website, you can just view it as a PDF file but printing out the pages adds to immersion of the game.

The person defusing the bomb and the person (or once you get to the higher difficulties people) giving the instructions must work together using only communication to solve the different "modules" until all of the puzzles are solved and the bomb is defused. The person with the bomb is not allowed to look at the instructions and vice versa.

The modules are a variety of different classic movie bomb puzzles such as a set of wires of which one, depending on it's color and placement has to be cut or a giant button that can have a certain color or word on it that will reveal how quickly to press and release it. Modules can be further complicated by having a separate set of rules depending on the serial number listed on the bomb or how many batteries are attached.

At first glance the process may seem a bit complicated, but after a few practice runs things will start to become more natural. You will find yourself instinctively searching the bomb for batteries and serial numbers as soon as you get your hands on it to save time, and each bomb has randomized modules, accessories and serial numbers, giving each experience a fresh take.

As you progress through the game you will be introduced to even more complicated modules featuring deciphering words in Morse code, a more complicated set of wires to cut and "needy modules" that require attention throughout the bomb. There is even a module involving a list of words intended to confuse the less communicative player featuring different spellings of words such as leed and lead, read and reed and you are and UR.

All bombs have timers on them giving players anywhere from 3-10(There may be longer I just have not gotten that far in the game yet) and a certain amount of "strikes" from 1-3 or incorrect inputs before the bomb explodes. The amount of modules on the bomb also varies, adding to the mayhem.

All of this makes for a game that is infinitely fun to play and increasingly difficult. There are few feelings in video games that can match the feeling of cutting the correct wire based solely on the instructions of your partner. The feeling of an incorrect answer or the timer reaching that last 30 seconds with a few modules left to go is equally visceral.

Now some of you may be asking why I am just now doing an article about a game that was originally released in 2015. Well I figured that if it took me this long to hear about a game that is so clearly up my alley then there must be a few of you out there that also have not heard of it. This game does such a great job of giving the player the exact emotion and response you would expect out of a bomb defusing game and if you have any interest in something like this you owe it to yourself to try it out.

Some may balk at the price tag, 10-15 bucks depending on what platform you choose to play on, for a game that essentially takes place in one room and involves doing the same tasks over and over again. If you end up enjoying the game it will give you far more entertainment than the initial price tag and can be a fantastic game to play with a small group of trusted friends.

I am already excited for the next time I can get a group together and test ourselves with the best, and to my knowledge only viable bomb defusing game on the market. So pop quiz hotshot, you have a bomb with 5 modules, a serial number ending in a vowel and 3 batteries, what do you do?


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)