Well there’s no point in burying this somewhere deep in the review. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is in our mind, the finest, most enjoyable couch co-op party game you can buy for the Switch today.
If we’re honest, it’s one of the best games of its type ever made and on this platform, it would certainly have made our top 3 list when we cataloged this genre earlier in the year. You can see the trailer below:
Of course, this isn’t a new game. It first appeared back in 2015 on the PC and Mac before coming to the Oculus and more recently the Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. It offers a fairly simple gameplay loop. A player is trapped in a room with a bomb and must defuse it with the help of fellow player “experts” and a collection of Bomb Defusal Manuals.
Now here’s the fun part, the only person able to see the bomb is the person trapped in the room who also happens to be the one holding the Switch. The player must describe what they can see and the associated puzzles to their teammates who use Bomb Defusal Manuals available on the game’s website to read via player phones and tablets etc which offers information on how to render the bomb harmless. Since each bomb is procedurally generated, there’s pretty much endless variety on offer meaning plenty of replayability.
We’ve been playing Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes for a little under a week with the family and a few new neighbours and as we’ve already lauded to, it’s a huge amount of fun to play. As could be expected with a game such as this, things only gel when you work together as a team and have a crystal clear thought process and strong communication skills. Hey, one of us vaguely recalls having played this on the PC back in 2016 as part of a corporate team building away day so if it’s good enough for that type of thing, the makers must be doing something right.
Any criticisms? Some might complain about the lack of an online multiplayer and the graphics are nothing to write home about. Still, for us that isn’t an issue. As a local couch co-op game this is close to perfection. The difficulty ramps up nicely from the start and leaves you and your gusts wanting to play “just one more round” before they leave your home happy and contented.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is out now on the Switch priced at $14.99 / £13.49 / €13.49.
- Platform Tested: Nintendo Switch
- The review copy was purchased from the EU Switch Store