Tanner Reviews Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

headerI swear that I keep to a schedule… At least I try to. I guess that is the grad student’s lament. Other things take a hint as you torture yourself with work in order to get that next piece of validation paper. At any rate, I am still alive and kicking and I really need to break in the 2016 gaming schedule with a game that is unlike anything that I have seen before. It is a unique game and an interesting addition to the simulator genre, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Talk about an interesting game, it has been a long time since I have seen a game that includes a manual to be used outside of the game. What a unique concept!

So the basic idea of KTaNE is a party game for you and your friends akin to You Don’t Know Jack. Essentially, one of you takes on the job as the bomb diffuser. You give your partner information about the case as you try to diffuse various aspects of a bomb. Your friend, the expert, reads from a manual and dictates what you should do in order for the bomb not to explode while they are shielded from the screen. The idea of the game is to keep good communication between you and your friend so that none of you explode and kill everyone due to your piss poor bomb diffusing tactics.


It is a Unique Experience

I can honestly say that this is something that I have not seen before. It is a very interesting interactive party game. You and your partner have to work together and communicate in order for you both not to completely explode in a ball of fiery death. One misstep, one miscommunication, or if you take too long, the game is over and your team loses.

This game can offer hours of fun when it comes to a group of friend, a couple of drinks, and nothing better to do on a Thursday night. There are many ways you can test your strength against your friends and even get a little competitive. This is a game that I could lose literal hours of my life playing with my friends.


Is it a Video Game?

A few years back, I refused the steaming pile of shit that was Mountain. One of my biggest criticisms of the game was the fact that it wasn’t a game, it was failed artistic failure wearing the hat of a video game. In this case, I find myself asking the same question… Just in a more positive sense then before.

The thing is that this game cannot be played without a physical aspect. In the same vain, are those VHS board games a video game? Where is the line that we draw? I would say that it is definitely a video game. It certainly plays like one and has some video game aspects to it. It is something that perplexes me. But unlike Mountain, it is a pleasant name for me.


The Puzzles Become Boring After Multiple Play-Throughs

While the game can be boss for the first several play-throughs, after the several times and several games with the puzzles, the game can get very ‘same’ in feeling quite expediently. While the game does give A LOT of puzzles, after you have played each of them two or three times over… Well let’s just say that it can get boring fast. While it is a fun game, just like You Don’t Know Jack, you will find yourself wanting more but knowing that you are not going to be getting more anytime soon.


This game is fun. It is a great party game and it is something that can keep you and your friends entertained for hours. While the game can get a little boring after a little while, it is still a solid choice for anyone looking for a party game.

Final Score 3/5

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