I’ve been hearing about this game, thought it had some party-game potential, so I bought it for one of the brunches that The Wife likes to hold at our house and dang, is it fun!
The premise is that one player is the “Bomb Defuser” and other players (as many as you want) are the “Bomb Experts”. The Bomb Defuser reads the bomb and interacts with it via the game (apparently it’s optimized for VR and gamepad use, but works just fine with a plain ol’ flatscreen and mouse) while the Bomb Experts review the Bomb Defusal Manual and guide the Defuser on which wire to cut, or button to push, or knob to turn, etc.
Since the Bomb Experts are just reading from a manual, they don’t need to actually be running a copy of the game, and can participate over TS3, phone, yelling across the room, wherever.
The bomb is complicated enough that it’s incredibly difficult to do the job by yourself, but the stress of trying to communicate and solve problems over voice is downright addicting. The bomb difficult is scalable from 3 to 11 modules and can include some “needy” modules that never go away, greatly adding to the stress.
Here’s what it’s like at max stress level: