Review of Laser X3:52 PM
My family is big, so going to play laser tag gets very, very expensive. When I heard that we were getting the opportunity to review the new Laser X system in our home, I was a bit skeptical. How could something you could pay under $50 for be on par with what you could play at an entertainment center? We gave it a try, and it was crazy fun.
First, the system comes with everything you need to play right away. The set we reviewed had two guns/shooters. We followed the directions exactly to set them up and it just took about 6 minutes (including putting in the batteries and instructing the boys how to play.)
The great thing about this set, was that it worked! The kids could shoot in the general direction of the receiver vest of their opponent and a hit was registered right away. After 8 hits, you lose. It's easy to restart a new game right away to go multiple rounds.
We played this outside, and the range was quite impressive. My kids were ducking behind trees, easily 50-100 feet away from one another. The set can actually go as far as 200 feet, however! The game has quite a few sound effects, including a "coach" that encourage you to aim and shoot. It also lets you know when you've been hit. There is a loud and rather annoying (for a grown-up, anyway) beeping noise prior to starting a game that can't be shut off. You can, however, ask the kids to plug headphones into the vest, and this makes it so you don't hear ANY of the noises (thank you so much for making this feature!)
This is a very fun way to play. My kids get a lot of exercise when they use it. It's perfect for evening/dusk play, but it's also possible to play during the day. We've used it mostly outside, because our house is small, and we are literally on top of each-other. But in a normal-sized home, you could play inside much like a very interactive and high-stakes game of hide-and-seek!
One other feature that you should know about is that this game is expandable. Because you can set each gun to red, blue, or red/blue, you can expand it to add one more person to be on a different team, as well as add on several people for team play. The system is very intuitive in knowing who you should be shooting at can register hits from several people on the same team. It's very cool!
Since we've gotten this toy, I have heard no more about going to play expensive laser tag. The kids really feel like it has the quality and the excitement of a professional set. Plus, they can play anytime, with anyone, and not spend their money driving an hour away to our nearest entertainment center. As a frugal mom of 5 boys who knows what gets their adrenaline in check, this is the toy I think parents will get the most "thank you's" from this holiday season!
Learn more about the Laser X system at the website.
*Sample set received to review. We used this extensively and our opinion is our honest one.
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