If you thought local multiplayer was a thing of the past, and that VR gaming was a solitary experience, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes will prove you wrong.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a simple game in premise. You have to work with your friends to defuse a bomb, but the actual gameplay is much more complex than that. One player puts on the headset and can see the bomb whilst the other players, as many as you want, use a bomb defusal manual to help guide the VR player. The manual appears on the TV screen but can also be downloaded and printed from here. If you fail to disarm the bomb in time, or make a mistake three times the it explodes and everyone feels like an utter failure.
The bombs start out basic, with only three ‘modules’ to disarm, but they get increasingly more difficult the further along in the game you get. Basic modules include; wires, where you have to work out which coloured wire to cut; the button, in which you have to work out whether to press the button or not, and for how long, and keypads, where you have to try and work out which symbols the VR player is looking at and in what order they should be pressed.
Sound confusing? Well it certainly starts out that way but the more you play, the more you’ll succeed and disarming a bomb never fails to get a cheer from the room.
There are lots of bombs to disarm and they get increasingly difficult as you progress. More and more complex modules are included in the mix, such as morse code, complicated wires, and mazes. You’re always kept on your toes. There is even a free-play mode that allows you to create your own bomb. You can choose the amount of modules, how much time and more. The modules will be randomly chosen so in a sense this gives the game unlimited replayability. You would have to play an extremely long time to know how to solve each module without resorting to the manual and by then you would have definitely gotten your monies worth.
I haven’t had this much fun playing couch co-op in a long, long time. It’s also a great drinking game, if you and your friends can be trusted not to break the headset whilst inebriated. If you’re looking for local multiplayer VR titles there aren’t many available at the moment. But that’s not to say this is the best of a bad bunch, it is a genuinely fun title, if you’re not afraid to use your brain.
Verdict: 8/10 – A must-buy for those who want local multiplayer VR fun.