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LAVERA STEWARTEditor-in-Chief of the Approved By Coach
Recently I’ve been hearing a lot about lasertag toys, and how cool they are. And from both kids and adults, nevertheless, that’s interesting. So I decided to take a look at one myself, more specifically, Lasertag Armogear. Just to see what all the fuss was about.
I should mention that I bought the laser tag kit from Armogear (Nesttoy), and apparently they come in many different colors. It also boasts a thing called live energy (I’ll take a look at it later).
So there are 4 weapons, and things called “shields” in the middle that has colors as well. It has buttons that you can use to turn the colors on. It was blue in my case.
Four Different Colors
So, if you’re wondering what these 4 color means, exactly, is that in a game, I am in the “blue” team. And there’s a button that allows me to change the team. If I push this button, it becomes red, orange, green, or blue again. You can turn it off, too. There is also another button that lets you change the weapon.
Four Different Weapons
There are 4 different weapons: pistol, shotgun, machine gun, and rocket launcher. And apparently, you have to reload after every time you change weapon. What’s interesting I noticed, is that every weapon type has its own unique reloading sound. That’s kind of cool.
There is another neat feature I need to mention, that it has this sort of invisibility mode, that is quite useful when it’s dark. You just have to push and hold a button, and that makes you invisible for 15 seconds.
You also can turn on a flashlight on the weapon on the other side of the gun. Then you can shoot another, and it loses the live energy.
I think I need to point out how long the weapons take for a shot or how much damage they give:
- Pistol – 12 shots/1 damage point;
- Shotgun – 5 shots/2 damage points;
- Machine-gun – 9 shots /2 damage points;
- Rocket-launcher – 1 shot /3 damage points.
Now regarding the armor vest – it also has a specific color. For instance, the light is red, and the weapon is blue, so they don’t match. To change the team on your weapon or vest, you just push the team-button. Depending on the color you choose, that means you are in that particular team.
In order to put on the vest, you have to pull the “belt” over your head as it’s fixed in the vest. Then take it out, wrap it behind your back, and re-fix it. Make sure to check if it’s fixed otherwise it can slip out and you have to re-fix it and the enemy might gain some advantage.
The vest has a total of 9 “lives.” When you hit the vest, one section is flashing. Each section is one of the 9 “lives.” When you shoot the vest it will flash, and when the section turns off it means there are no more lives (in that particular section. It works the same for every section.
And those lives are very important: when you run out of them – game over for you.
Key Things You Should Know
So, apparently even that’s not all. The vest AND the weapon vibrate when you shoot and/or get hit. So that’s pretty convenient, I would say.
As for the kit, it contains four vests and four weapons. Every vest and every weapon needs three AAA Batteries. For all weapons and vests, you need 24 AAA batteries and the batteries last about 2-3 hours. To change/insert the batteries you need to open the battery compartment, and then you need a cross screwdriver. When you insert the batteries pay attention to insert that they are in the correct direction.
And that’s all there is to it. To be honest, after seeing and testing it, I would say Lasertag Armogear is not so bad, I can see it’s an appeal. I think It was a worthwhile purchase, and I wasn’t disappointed with the money spent. I think you wouldn’t either if you’re into this kind of stuff.