My son and I like to play Nerf Wars and other games outside with his friends. The problem is when you get a bunch of elementary school age kids together with Nerf darts and guns it doesn’t take long before someone gets shot in the eye or the gonads (and often both places). I have fond memories of Lazer Tag from my youth and Hasbro has a new Laser Tag kit out for the holidays called the Lazer Tag Multiplayer Battle System.
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The system consists of a pair of guns, a pair of phoenix taggers, a pair of shot blast attachments and a pair of pinpoint sight targeting units. A video game module is included that allows players to practice on a FPS style video game. The catch is the video game module only works with CRT TVs and we haven't had one of those in our house for years.
In my youth, I recall having to wear a vest to register hits; the new Lazer Tag system builds the sensor to register hits into the gun. The system will work at night or in full daylight, which is a change from the systems of my youth. Pull the trigger and you get a laser zapping sound like something from Star Wars. The shotgun attachment fires a sort of laser blast for close range battles and the rifle site offers a green dot to help you snipe foes from afar. The gun also has a shield function you can activate that will protect you for a while as you run for cover.
I'd like to say this is a great kid's toy, but the truth is I had as much fun with the system as my son. If you like to play tag/shooting games like paintball, air soft, or Nerf Wars but don’t like actually being shot, the Lazer Tag Multiplayer Battle System is fantastic. It also works with older Lazer Tag gear.
Verdict: This may well be the coolest toy for kids and adults of the holiday season.
Buy your own Lazer Tag kit here.