on 12 August 2018
Had ours a few days now , older kids using these aged 13+ to 15+.
Straight out the box, fit your batteries (4 x AA's) per per gun which are not included.
switch them on, choose your team colour or free for all via the reload button and off you go.
Compared to other no app sets we have used, out of the box play is just fine, shoot n go.
but lacks some features we have seen, lack of LCD screen, so lacks some info, remaining lives, remaining ammo etc..and the anti cheat feature doesnt seem to work (prevents to gun from firing if you cover your hit sensor).
Perfectly good play out of the box, the sounds and lights tell you when you need to reload or about to die if you get hit one more time, its just our kids like the info on the LCD screen at a glance, just a choice.
They are quite load, so we have stuck some tape over the speaker grill to muffle the sound a bit.
We these really come into their own is with the phone app play, good multiplayer features, game play, and gradual power ups and upgrades as you play more games.
To do this you need a smartphone and the free laser ops pro app, and the phone strapped to your wrist using the rather fiddly to get on stretchy GEL wrist strap, the team games last about 4 mins and will count you down until the games ends, the app will then show the winner or winning team and all the stats you may like to see, how many hits, percentages and such like.
Actually at the first go ,it took me nearlt 4 minutes to get the fiddly wrist strap on , TIP. put the strap on the your wrist first, then attach the phone, by stretching each corner over your phone corner, younger kids will need help for sure, as may you.
Another TIP, I wouldnt leave these out in the sun as they will perish, I suspect most dogs would love to chew them up and I imagine toddlers might see them as a nice teething thing to choke on, so dont leave them lying around the floor.
Only one player needs to wear a smartphone , one player can add the team members and host the game, but for every player to see whats going on, they must have a phone, app installed & set up with all the players guns (the guns are named by the player and that stays the guns name, I am "thunder kitten") and be strapped to thier wrist.
So maybe quite some preperation time for say 3 or more players all diving about with smartphones strapped to their wrist, probably better to take turns with one wearer who can be the game creator in turn.
The sinle player app play is in truth pants, you need the optional mount which is not included in the twin pack, but is in the single pack and rifle.
Dont bother, its hassle mounting your phone to the adapter and the so call augmented gameplay is pants, likely most may try it once or twice then bin it, there is much better games on thier phones already, certainly don't go buying the adapter for this feature.
TIP 3, stay will all guns being the same, dont bother with the larger rifle type blaster, its large, will always be better for that player and its loud, unless or course all players have one to make it fair.
Twin pack is good value for money, you need batteries, out of the box play is pefectly fine and fun
app play is good, could be hassle for just two players , but will keep a group of plays entertained for much longer for sure.
Only one player needs to wear a phone, but all might wish too.
Once any phones are set up once, your done, you can rename phones, and adjust various things via the app, plus see the powerups and upgrades that will become available oer time, there is no paying for these :@)
The phones need to have enough charge too.
The single player app play that needs the optional bracket is really quite pants
The larger blaster will just cause arguments as unfair, unless everyone has one, the guns are better.
Someone somewhere will do a dive and roll style move and hit their phone screen on the corner of the coffee table.
I think my older kids will be putting theirs on eBay soon, as the app play is very good, but I can see they will go back to guns without this, for those that do have more features for out of the box switch on and battle playing.
But hey for Christmas , what an excellent present for the kids and Dad to play with , just remember to get a shed load of batteries, charge your phones, make sure the phone WiFi or Data is working Xmas day, and dont ask grandad to set them up.
I'd suggest if your new to this tech and have younger kids, open them before to familiarise with the process, so ready to go on the big day.