Laser Tag Glossary

Glossary of Terms by Delta Strike. Please browse through our glossary and get to know some laser tag vocabulary for your business.


First, Delta Strike offers a huge range of interactive arena components like base stations, targets, or energy gates that add to the fun in your arena.

In brief, Arena Components are installed inside the arena and add additional options to the laser tag game. Moreover, some components interact with the phasers. They can tag players or be tagged by them. Also, they can deliver bonus points and extra features or act as an additional opponent. Also, some components interact with each other, e.g., a lighting component can change its color based on an event triggered by a target.

Briefly, Animatronics are lifelike robots that can be integrated with other arena components. Hence, the use of animatronics is especially interesting for theme park laser tag. Imagine a robot-themed after a licensed character in your arena that suddenly starts tagging the players!

Arcade machines are coin-operated machines for playing video games. Also, they are an ideal addition to a laser tag center. Moreover, your customers can play video games during breaks between laser tag games.

Furthermore, Arcade Games fight boredom and offer an additional source of income!

Of course, the Arena undoubtedly is the most important part of a laser tag center. Here the laser tag games take place. To put it briefly, if your arena isn’t good, your customers will go somewhere else.

Delta Strike offers a lot of different interactive arena components to enhance your game area. Need some inspiration? Please have a look at Free Arena Design, Arena Theming Companies, and our arena-related eBooks at the Laser Tag Academy.

Use of automatic equipment in a process.
Automation is vital to ensure high customer throughput in your center. To sum up, the more actions happen automatically, with the click of a button, the more reliable and fast your game turnaround will be. Most important, Delta Strike’s software and hardware are optimized for automation to make operating games much easier.


First, 50 – 60 % of all customers visit laser tag centers for a birthday party.

As a result, profit from that customer group by catering to their wishes – e.g., by offering birthday party rooms or VIP phasers for the VIP guest celebrating his birthday in your center!

Business systems lead businesses to success. And processes and procedures help to structure your work, reports identify chances for improvement.


The core system consists of the minimum components that are required for a game of laser tag. Moreover, it consists of game software and server (mobile devices also possible), phasers, and vests.

Of course, depending on the type of center and your preferences, the core system can be extended by adding extra features. Additional features are, e.g., base stations, targets, ​intelligent lighting, and other interactive arena components or membership systems.


First, Dedicated Players are the ones that are really into laser tag. Besides, they are mostly between 16 and 30, competitive players and demand more complicated games. Also, they are difficult customers, but also the ones most likely to become repeat customers.

Consequently, to keep dedicated players interested, simple “point-and-shoot” games are not sufficient. Thus, Delta Strike offers a membership system, various game types with different difficulty levels, and interactive arena components to keep your dedicated customers entertained.

In brief, Delta Tag is a laser tag game specially developed for Family Entertainment Centers and social groups’ needs. Thus, it is the easiest form of a laser tag game, with a simple point-and-shoot principle.

Digital Multiplex

DMX is a standard for digital communication networks, commonly used to control lighting and effects. Hence, DMX lighting is easily integrated with a Delta Strike laser tag system.


First, Delta Strike’s Game Editor can design games from scratch or modify existing games. Game events can be connected with a trigger and action principle, which comes in especially handy if you develop games that suit a theme and tell a story.

An event can also be connected to a player tagging a special arena component, a special amount of game time passed, etc.

Briefly, Animatronics are lifelike robots that can be integrated with other arena components. Hence, the use of animatronics is especially interesting for theme park laser tag. Imagine a robot-themed after a licensed character in your arena that suddenly starts tagging the players!

The Evolution PRO is the PRO version of our Evolution phaser.

It is effortless to use. It supports 9 team colors and 25+ game modes. The PRO version offers access to advanced features, like the membership system. For detailed equipment, specifications see our product brochure.


In brief, FECs are multi-entertainment centers. They often provide food, arcade games, and several other entertainment services such as bowling, wall climbing, etc. Thus, FEC customers don’t necessarily visit the center to play laser tag. E.g., a group could come for bowling and then try laser tag because there is a package deal. Therefore, the FEC laser tag needs to be easy and fast to grasp but still entertaining​.


Delta Strike’s Game Editor Software allows you to modify existing games or even create completely new ones.

Besides, a powerful tool enables you to create exclusive games with stunning game options.

In brief, the number of games per hour is significantly influencing your income. In fact, some centers go for 3 games per hour; some go as high as six games per hour.

Subsequently, it all comes down to the length of your customer’s entertainment time. So to learn more about entertainment time, read our eBook on “Increase your Catchment Area.”

Is a word that Delta Strike avoids.

We usually replace the “g” -a word with the term “phaser.” The laser tag phaser is used in the game to tag other players. More information about our phasers can be found at “What is laser tag?” and at “Equipment.”

Why don’t we use the “g”-word? Children mostly play laser tag from 8 to 12 years. Our phasers are designed to not look like toys because we take your customers seriously. On the other hand, they also don’t resemble guns too much. Players use phasers designed to look like equipment for futuristic space warriors – this way, you avoid having children pointing realistic-looking guns at each other.


In brief, Haze Machines are similar to smoke machines but better adapted to laser tag arenas. Also, they produce a see-through mist that improves the visibility of laser beams and colored lighting.

Heads up display

Of course, most video games show players a heads up display with gameplay information. And this information can be the player name, game messages, or information about weapons and shields. Also, our phasers are equipped with an LCD screen that offers similar information.


Consequently, Laser tag centers make most of their profits on weekends. During the week, fewer customers will come in. For that reason, by using a membership system, and limiting it to weekdays, dedicated players and repeat customers will come in during quiet weekdays – creating icing on the cake extra income!

Laser tag equipment usually uses a laser or infrared signals for tagging. Of course, laser beams are skinny and can travel long distances. Infrared produces a narrow beam that is better suited for tagging sensors.

Consequently, we use both infrared (which is invisible) for tagging and laser to show the players where they shoot at. Compare both systems with our eBook.


The membership kiosk is usually run on a touch screen device. Members can log on and use their earned game points to purchase extra weapons and attachments.

A kink phaser invites non-players to the game.

If your arena has a viewing gallery, you can install a coin-operated phaser that allows non-players to tag players from above.


Once again, Laser Tag is a live-action sport, a combination of paintball and video games. Players tag each other with laser tag phasers and thereby earn points. If you want to learn more about the game, visit “What is Laser Tag?”

Liquid Crystal Display

LCD is a technology used for, e.g., laptop screens. Delta Strike phasers use it for the heads up display.

First, a laser tag league is a perfect opportunity for building customer loyalty and repeat business. Also, it offers customers the possibility to earn points and to take part in tournaments.

Lazer tag Equipment- see “Laser Tag Equipment”- traditionally, “laser tag” is called different things worldwide. Therefore, you can substitute “Lazer” for “laser.”

Although Laser Tag originated in the United States, it has spread across the world being called many different things. Several countries and cultures refer to it as “laser skirmish”.

The place where a game of laser tag is played. Typically dimly lit with black lights and neon glow accents to enhance the laser tag systems’ mood and visual effects.

Initially, one of the key elements that make a laser tag game run smoothly. Thus, a good laser tag manufacturer will make their own software for commercial use.


In brief, in countries with a hot and humid climate, malls are a good alternative for locating your laser tag business. Given these facts, see tips for deciding on location in our eBook “Laser Tag Secrets to Success.”

First, Membership offers players the chance to earn game points that can be exchanged for additional weapons and features or used to compete for the highest score. Also, Membership is an excellent way to encourage repeat business.

In brief, Mobile Laser Tag is not bound to an arena. Besides, our system makes it extremely portable. Also, it allows the laser tag to be played indoors and outdoors – everywhere.

Especially for sites lacking space or those with high rents, it is a good idea to think about areas that don’t spread out but create more space through multiple arena levels.

Also, second-level structures could be wooden or made from steel and add a whole new dimension to your customers’ laser tag experience.

In brief, Multi Entertainment Centers offer more than one amusement attraction. For example, a center could include bowling lanes and a laser tag arena, or add a laser maze and/or climbing walls.

Hence a laser tag center offering a few arcade machines is usually not defined as a multi-entertainment center.


In brief, Plug & Play is a principle used in the construction of our laser tag phasers. Hence all our parts are modular and can be unplugged and replaced by a new one.

First, the population is an important factor in deciding on your laser tag center’s location. Thus, if the population within the next few miles is too low or has to share it with too many competitors, you should choose a different location.

Point of Sale software allows payments for games, party room bookings, party food, merchandise, drinks, and sweets.

In brief, Pre-Installation is the time span during or after planning and before the actual building or renovation takes place. Delta Strike provides you with a Pre-Installation Manual with detailed information on preparing your building for your new laser tag system.


Our products are subject to a vigorous quality control process before they leave our factory. See detailed information in our product brochure.

Our Revolution PRO phaser has a larger case than the Evolution series, is non-transparent, and has access to all advanced features.

Radio-Frequency Identification

In brief, RFID is used to identify and track tags attached to objects uniquely. Delta Strike’s membership cards use an RFID log-in.


Quality Control

Our products are subject to a vigorous quality control process before they leave our factory. Therefore, please see detailed information in our product brochure.


Our phasers’ self-diagnostics feature allows them to send error messages if common errors occur, making repairs a lot easier.

In the vast majority of laser tag games, when a player has been tagged once, that’s it. Delta Strike equipment uses features like in a video game. Players have a shield. Every time they are hit, it is reduced. After enough hits, that’s it as well.

Delta Strike phasers are rugged and durable, due to several reasons. One equipment protection mechanism is the shock detector. If a phaser is misused, the staff receives an alert.

A social group is one of the customer types you will meet in your laser tag center, mostly in FECs. Social groups haven’t necessarily played laser tag before, and they don’t want a too complicated game.

At standalone laser tag centers, laser tag is the main attraction and source of income. It can be a challenge to operate them; we provide many resources on this website to support you.


The web portal is a business operation tool. It allows owners to log in remotely and to access reports about their center from anywhere.

Delta Strike delivers a great range of games – team and free for all modes, simple and advanced games. Furthermore, you can easily adjust games or even create your own. One of the most powerful tools of Delta Strike’s software suite is the game editor.


Video Base Station

The video base station is a world first in interactive laser tag arena components. It provides a base station with an LCD screen that directly explains to players how to use it and offers many additional game options.

The vest is an essential part of a laser tag. Players wear it during the game and can be tagged at the sensors on it. Delta Strike’s vest is made from leather and illuminated in dazzling colors. It is very durable and adjustable to fit all ages.

Our VIP phaser is an interesting extra for birthday parties or stag nights. The phaser sets itself apart with a bright orange color and is programmable with extra features.



In brief, UV lighting is a special kind of lighting, often used in arena theming. Special paint glows in the dark when it is illuminated by UV lighting.


Phasers and vests have taggable sensors on them that can be tagged by other players. Hence, those are the so-called tag areas.

In general, throughput is defined as the rate at which items can be processed.

In brief, through laser tag arenas, throughput means how many people can play per hour or how long it takes for one game – from the start of vesting and briefing until receiving score sheets – to be processed. Fast throughput is essential for a successful laser tag business.

The word laser tag consists of two parts. ‘Laser” describing the beam that is used in the game (that is a simplified description, if you want to learn more, refer to infrared), “tag” to what the players do with it.

Players aim with their phasers at the tag areas on the opponents’ phasers and vest. If they shoot the beam and hit a sensor, the opponent is “tagged.” The player earns points, the opponent loses shield, and is deactivated after a set amount of hits.

All Delta Strike products have to pass a rigorous quality test. The truck test is one example of that. Many manufacturers tell that their products are hammer tested or that a truck drove over their vests – at Delta Strike, we drove a truck over our phasers. They are still working.

In brief, Referred to as laser tag, turnaround is the time between two games.

That means you are aiming to reduce the time it takes you to lead group A out of the arena and turn off their vests and get their score sheets, and the time to introduce group B to the game and prepare them to enter the arena. Turnaround time can be anything between 3 minutes and a quarter an hour, but you should aim at having it as short as possible.


One of many predesigned Delta Strike’s laser tag games.

Delta Strike’s own version of the classic “infection” laser tag game, Zombie, takes the battle of good versus evil to a whole new level. The uninfected must fight off the zombies before spreading, while the zombies seek to zombify everyone in the arena.

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