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What the Kids Love and Dad Doesn't
on January 26, 2009
I purchased 2 sets of the LAZERTAG Multiplayer Battle System for Christmas for my 11 and 5 year old boys. I have played the old vest systems, but have never been an enthusiast, so I cannot comment on the finer points - many other reviewers have.
What the boys (and they are all boy) love:
1. Attacking each other with a parent sanctioned weapon. This form of entertainment taps into a basic, primal instinct. When we have 4 boys playing at once there is much screaming and laughter. Every boy who has gotten their hands on the gun has loved it.
2. Noise, noise, noise.
3. Running around the house and outside in one game
4. Working on teams, especially against Dad
5. The equipment withstands their abuse
What Dad does not love:
1. Did not come with a reachable batter system. Something with this much battery need, I compare it to Wii controllers, should come with batteries and a charger. Since each gun requires 6 AA batteries that are not included, I invested another $120 or so on rechargeable batteries and a charger (side note: Amazon has very good info on rechargeable batteries [...]. I do agree with other reviewers that battery life is very good, so gripe is more about the additional cost and managing the hassle of charging 24 batteries. Batteries cost the review 1 ½ stars.
2. Noise, noise, noise. It may make the game pointless from the kids point of view, but I would like to have a switch to turn off the sound.
3. The targeting game only works with CRT. As mentioned by other reviewers it should be either sold an accessory or compatible with LCD. In its current form it just adds cost with no value for all of us LCD owners. Another option would be targets that could be placed at a distance; something that would make the gun useful when you do not have the opponent. This cost the review the other half star.
Since I bought this system to entertain the kids in an active way, and it is definitely both active and entertaining, I give it the thumbs up.