This week we went head-to-head in a laser battle like never before as we tested Hasbro’s NERF Laser Ops Pro AlphaPoint Blaster 2 Pack. It’s so good we’ve already asked Santa for more blasters this Christmas.
We love any game which gets us moving, laughing and is “slightly” competitive so when Nerf’s new Laser Ops Pro arrived Mandy and Katy from UTCT wasted no time getting battle ready to test these bad boys out.
Katy said: ‘OK so if you were a 90s child you’ll remember laser tag, well this is sort of an upgraded version only with FAR better technology and the ability to have bigger groups. Getting started was super simple however ensure you have purchased enough batteries, you’ll need a total of eight AA batteries, that is 4 x AA batteries per blaster as these are not included, our only gripe with the NERF Alphapoint blasters.
Popping in the batteries and pressing the power button, myself and Mandy were ready for some straight out of the box action. Choose your team colour – red, blue or go free for all, switch to indoor or outdoor use and get going. We took outdoors with the rest of the office also coming outside to watch.
Using Infra red technology players aim for the multi directional receiver dome on the top of an opponents’ blaster to score a hit which will the light up and make sounds. We felt that the light and sound effects along with unlimited ammunition added even more excitement to the game.
Mandy decided it was time to amp up play, so downloading the free NERF app and strapping her smartphone to her wrist (smartphone obviously not included however the wrist strap is) she could access real time battle intel including tracking performance, earn power-ups and even use GPS to locate opponents (me!) during battle.
Only one player needs to wear a smartphone to add team members etc however for every for each player to see whats going on, they must have a phone, app installed & set up with all the players gun, I made sure to do this as Mandy had a very unfair advantage to my location.
Acting like big kids for over an hour the game came to a close with Mandy managing to tally up the most hits and winning. Overall I can certainly see why NERF Laser Ops Pro AlphaPoint Blaster 2 Pack is going to top kids Christmas lists this year. Not only can everyone over the age of 8 plus play, this will keep your kids (and adults) active all day long.
For me personally I think if you’re planning on purchasing NERF Laser Ops Pro Blaster 2 Pack get it before December as it’s likely to sell out quickly especially as Argos and Amazon named it in their top toy predictions for 2018, plus you can set up the apps before Christmas so your little one can play instantly on Christmas morning – Just don’t forget the batteries!”