Okay, so you’re looking at laser tag equipment.

Whether you’re starting a new facility, updating your old gear, or adding in laser tag as an attraction, it’s going to cost money…and you want the best laser tag equipment you can get.

 

As with any investment, you want to know you’re going to get a return…as fast as possible.

 

Choosing the best laser tag equipment to put in your business can be an overwhelming task. All the suppliers, features, tests, shapes, reports, etc…

 

How are you supposed to pick?

 

Let’s simplify this decision for you, right now.

Instead of going with your gut, let’s look at what matters. Below we have put together the top 5 things you need to consider when choosing laser tag equipment.

 

1. Equipment Reliability

 

Reliable equipment should be a no-brainer, but it is often overlooked. A good laser tag manufacturer will pride itself on the reliability of its equipment. This equipment has a lifespan of 7+ years, so you’re going to want that ‘trusty steed’ when it comes to picking a system.

 

Look at the durability of the materials.

 

The best laser tag equipment uses solid plastics, breathable fabric, and durable leather. The tougher and lighter materials, the better.

 

 

 

2. Equipment Look and Feel

 

Customer expectations on a quality experience have changed in the last twenty years. Video games and the entire gaming experience has elevated in all aspects of the industry, laser tag is no exception.

 

Customers are looking for that video game-like experience, brought to life! Although there are many different narratives and themes for the game, your laser tag system shouldn’t resemble a cheap toy. Items such as multiple weapons, shields, in-game messages, and heads-up-displays make all the difference.

 

A good laser tag has experience building themed games in a variety of styles and experiences.

 

 

3. Ease of Use/Weight

 

How easy your equipment is to use, will affect your profits. You want the most automated equipment to ensure faster throughput and smooth operations so that people keep coming back.

 

You need to make sure that your Laser Tag equipment will cater to multiple demographics. The dominant demographic for laser tag facilities are children between the ages of 6 and 16. Therefore your system needs to look impressive, be feature-rich, and be versatile enough for younger children to wear and handle.

delta strike boy wearing phaser and vest

Choose a design that fits the older demographic of the popular laser tag age. A 6-year-old will play with a 16-year-old’s system, but not the other way around.

 

4. Arena Components

 

The big ‘X’ factor when choosing a laser tag system, is its arena components. Also knows as, how the player can interact with the arena and vice-versa.

There are many different types of arena components to get the player involved with their surroundings. Many of these can be even integrated into props to go along with the theme of a particular arena!

Arena provider companies can work with you on a theme integration that can really set off your gameplay. Some of those companies are:

ARC Arenas

Art Attack

Creative Works

Studio 41

 

Video Base Stations are the latest in arena components. Introduced into the industry by Delta Strike. These provide on-screen guidance with voiceovers to explain each scenario as a player encounters it. You can customize and program them to fit a variety of game types.

 
 
 

5. Ease of Repair/Management

 

This is one of the most important factors to think about when you decide on a laser tag system.

The phasers and vests are going to get beat up. There is no getting around that. They will be smashed, dropped, kicked, sweat on, scraped, banged, and beat.

 

Choosing a durable system is important, but some things will need repairs over time.

 

                         
 
You should look for a company that provides replacement tutorials, plug and play repair systems, and outstanding customer support.
The best laser tag companies will even have a web portal that offers equipment diagnostics, operation reports, and online ordering for spare parts.

 

This makes repair headaches go away quickly. Which keeps customers excited to be at your arena and throughput high!

 

 

Summary

Although there are many manufacturers of laser tag equipment, don’t get overwhelmed. Focus on these 5 key characteristics of the best laser tag equipment and you can’t go wrong.

  1. Reliability
  2. Look and Feel
  3. Ease of Use and Weight
  4. Arena components
  5. Repair/Management
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