Top critical review
Kids like it, but it's infuriatingly noisy.
9 November 2018
My children are enjoying playing with this, and are excitedly jumping around the house blasting each other as I write this.
Each blaster has a multidirectional infrared receiver dome on the top of the barrel, and shoots an invisible infrared beam when the trigger is pulled. The dome blinks and the blaster makes a noise when you are hit. The blaster range seems long – certainly accommodating our small garden – and, thus far, the blasters are working well.
One disappointment is that these are not accurate directionally. The IR beam seems very broad, so when the trigger is pulled, the target blaster will register a hit, even if the attacker is not pointing towards it. Thus, the games are pretty much about who can pull the trigger the most frequently, rather than aim.
My major grumble with the blasters is that they are damned noisy, and there seems to be no way to reduce the volume.
Once you have added your own AA batteries to the blasters (batteries are not included in the box) you can play in two modes: without the app, or with the app.
The optional app is large (121Mb), though it was able to be installed to the SD card of my Android phone. It allows enhancement and control of the blaster in addition to keeping scores, facilitating team games etc. The app also allows an augmented reality drone-shooting single-user game. You can play this without the blaster, or you use the blaster if you obtain an adaptor to attach the phone to it. The attachment is available in some other packs, but I am unsure if it can be purchased separately, and it’s annoying it isn’t included in this pack.
In summary: my children are enjoying playing with these, however we are going to need ear plugs.