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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (2016) is a brain-communication game where 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.

With an optional VR mode, the game gets even more immersive for the defuser player which makes it exciting to take turns wearing the headset.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Goran Wallgren and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Communication game with Puzzle and Race elements. You can play with 1 to 10 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play with as many players as you want provided you have additional web-enabled device to view or print the Bomb Defusal Manual.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and half an hour to complete. 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.


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This game has helped players develop their Behaviour and Skill as part of the following pathways:

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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI-3 - suitable for all ages.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The skill here is communication. Because the instruction team help the defuser to know what to do, younger players can be part of this team easily. If a younger player is defusing the bomb, some help from an older player is warranted.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 10-year-olds play this game:


Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes usually costs £11.99 to £13.49.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Switch Store Switch £13.49
Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

XBox Store Xbox X|S £12.49
XBox Store Xbox One £12.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/10/2016

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-10

Genres: Brain Game, Communication (Puzzle and Race)

Accessibility: 28 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Steel Crate Games (@SteelCrateGames)

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