Picture this…Your plane has crash landed deep in the Mayan jungle
as you walk through the archways to the briefing room
you’re immediately immersed in the ancient ruins of the jungle
The wow factor continues as you navigate the 2-level themed maze and contend with different obstacles including an interactive arena target. The arena is filled with fog to make the lasers and flashing lights more visible; music, black and LED lighting add to an out-of-this-world experience that you won’t soon forget. You’ve never played laser tag like this!
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Play individually, or in up to 7 teams. Earn points as a team and individually by tagging the opposition as many times as possible!
LASER TAG RULES
- Indoor shoes are required for laser tag
- No running
- No jumping
- No climbing
- No lying down
- Use caution around interior arena walls
- Must hold phaser with both hands
- Let us know if any guests suffer from the following: asthma, epilepsy, or seizures caused by fog or lighting
- Guests under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult
- It is not recommended that children under the age of 5 play laser tag
All You Need to Know About Laser Tag
Do you want to spend the weekend with your friends but have no idea what to do? Head on over to Rush Laser Tag and Entertainment for a day of fun and excitement! We have a ton of video arcade games too if you want to skip the action and cool down for a while. Win as many credits as you can and get a chance to redeem awesome prizes from our booth!
With that being said, laser tag is a favourite among kids and young adults alike. The idea behind it is pretty genius and its origins are quite interesting too! You never would have guessed its military roots but that is why we have compiled all the info you need to know about the beloved game. Let us know what you think as we always look forward to hearing from our guests!
Toy companies back then were on the lookout for new devices to keep kids and tweens entertained. The impact of popular TV shows and films in the 1970s and 1980s influenced consumer behaviour as copying weapons or figures became a trend. For laser tag, however, the combined efforts of companies and the military brought the use of infrared detector systems to the industry. The products that were born out of the concept led to the blasters we enjoy today!
Laser tag grew more popular following its first launch in the late 1970s as venues were made available for both indoor and outdoor games. More mechanics and rules were added to boost game experience like team play, role-playing, and combat.
People would assume that the use of gun-shaped blasters would bring laser tag up in the ranks with paintball or airsoft games. However, the infrared beams are harmless and the mechanics are not as risky therefore, the game is safe for people of all ages.
As mentioned above, the impact of TV and film greatly inspired companies to produce toy replicas of iconic weapons used by popular characters. One of the most famous examples is the Star Trek franchise in the 1970s where the space-age phaser was born.
The toys were a sensation and the features are known to be ahead of their time. They came with a simple game with targets and gun systems. A reflector badge would be worn by one of the players and the other would have to ‘blast’ them by hitting the target. With its electronic features like lights and a buzzer, companies would recommend playing the game in dark places. A buzzing sound would indicate that the target was indeed hit.
It is safe to say that this simple concept gave birth to the much larger and advanced version that we enjoy today. More companies sought to replicate it by giving users duo-packs so that more players can join the game. They featured infrared technology where sensors and transmitters were placed in front of each pistol. The same buzzer would be activated if the shooter hits a target.
Around the same time the toy became a huge hit, the US military was working on a new combat system called the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System where they made use of infrared technology. The system simulated direct fire combat with lasers instead of bullets. Trainees used weapons equipped with the technology but retained the range and damage of actual guns.
The system proved to be a success after results showed great improvement in the combat of soldiers. It is still used in modern-day army training today but we can imagine how far more advanced they are as compared to the very first models.
Modern laser tag
History can credit George A. Carter III, an American inventor, as the founder of laser tag. Like the earlier forms of the game, Carter got inspired to create Photon after he found inspiration from the Star Wars franchise. He came up with a concept that allowed potential users to play ‘cops and robbers’ with laser guns.
The overall idea was similar to its predecessor except Carter ventured into using more advanced technology to enhance gameplay for young adults. Any player who enters the game would have to buy tickets using passports issued to them. Photon computers would then give them access to another chamber where equipment could be worn. Once all the players are ready, they enter the arena and play until a winning team is declared.
Arenas were staged to replicate futuristic war zones. Today, different modes were introduced to cater to fans who crave for more than just indoor gaming. Laser tag games held inside closed doors were considered ‘traditional’ while the ones played outdoors were branded as ‘tactical’.
The laser tag industry grew into a sensation following the launch of Photon in the 1980s. There are hundreds of arenas staged across countries around the world. While indoor games are dominant in the industry, the ‘tactical’ versions grew a following as they allow players to scope in broad daylight. The target market grew beyond the younger margins as more adults found entertainment in the game.
Here are some of the popular spin-offs that are commonly played within laser tag games:
- Capture the flag
A favourite among players is this classic team race but with laser guns involved. The mechanics remain the same save for a few tweaks in combat. Players are divided into two groups and are each given a flag to hide and defend from the opponent. The first team to ‘capture’ their opponent’s flag and run back to their home base wins the game.
- Battle Royale
This type of match involves players slowly eliminating as many other players in the arena as they can. The last one standing is declared the winner. Some matches can be done in twos or threes.
Players win a match after remaining in the same field for a certain amount of time while eliminating the most number of players. This is often enjoyed in tactical games since players make use of the fauna spread across the field.
Most indoor games have light sensors to help aid players as they go through dark areas in the arena. For these matches, sensors are switched off for increased difficulty and opportunities for stealthier combat.
Here is a list of common tools and equipment you will find upon entering a laser tag facility:
Infrared guns used in laser tag systems have come a long way since the very first models were launched, Today, the guns have a tracking system that uses codes to identify packs being used. Other firearms were created such as grenades, landmines, respawn boxes and control points. All of these were created to simulate gameplay from famous first-person shooter video games.
Indoor arenas have devices that are linked to a computer that activates special effects like lighting and technical fog. Scores are kept track using the same computer system. Most equipment can be rented from the facility but others prefer to buy their own and have them customized for better performance.
Also known as outdoor gaming, the equipment used in this type of laser tag differ in some areas as compared to its indoor counterpart. The main difference is found within the guns since they are designed for long-range shooting rather than up close. They are also made to be a lot more powerful and impactful in damage since most games are done under broad daylight.
The guns are also equipped with scopes and special plastic bodies that can withstand a wide range of outdoor conditions. Many fans often cite that tactical games are essentially laser tag versions of paintball. They work almost the same save for a few tweaks in the equipment and scoring.
Other more grand-scale laser tag companies have ventured into life-like simulations of military war zones. Some games are offered in fallout bunkers, remote campsites, or even in arctic places. These are usually only offered by more adult and experienced players who want different and difficult simulations.
With its sporadic growth of popularity, laser tag tournaments are held across countries all over the world. To some fans, the game is considered a sport on top of a hobby. Perhaps the most esteemed event in the laser tag industry is The Armageddon, a cross-system tournament founded in 2000. It stretches to several days and consists of competitions held in several sites. The team with the most victories wins the tournament.
Bi-lateral tournaments are also pretty loved by laser tag fans since the teams represent their country and compete against another. Several nations across the West host national events for laser tag teams who wish to advance to bigger tournaments.
There are still some tournaments being hosted in some countries around the world where teams convene and compete for a whole week. National championships declare the best players in the whole country.