The best games are when the players act like getting shot is a big deal. Without the pain of paintball some players just can’t get into the game. Get in character for the best experience.
Learn your equipment in advance if possible; review the Strategy Guide & videos. Learning to use the equipment to the fullest is half the battle.
Come out shooting. Hide behind a bunker. Glance out to identify enemy positions. Pretend that the bunker is invisible. Aim at your opponent through the bunker and begin firing at the bunker as you round the corner. This will dramatically reduce your reaction time compared to waiting to select targets until you are exposed. (this same tactic is very effective in paintball as well).
Hide your sensors. You cannot cover your sensors with your hands but you can limit your exposure. Find ways to reduce your own profile. Find ways to survey the arena without exposing your sensors. Use an overhang to hide the top of your head or sneak short glances around cover. The hardest target is a moving target.
Watch your health meter. You can recover your health by hiding out for 10-15 seconds.
The taggers are pretty accurate but it can be difficult for some players to dial in their aim. Side-to-side or horizontal accuracy is rarely an issue. What usually happens is people shoot too high or too low. When shooting at an opponent, look at the lights on your opponent’s gear. The lights will flicker in response to being hit. If you don’t see a response you are missing the mark. Adjust your aim up and down until you dial in the sweet spot. A fast trigger and accurate aim makes a dominating combination (most master the concept eventually…some faster than others).
Once you master aiming, keep your distance. Find a good spot on the perimeter, away from the respawn point and other team objectives, and use distance to mask your attack. You are now a sniper!
When engaging a group of targets you should zero in on a single opponent. Inflicting a small amount of damage on multiple players is ineffective. Remember that they recover health over time. Focus on elimination one player at a time.
When going head-to-head with an experienced player you will see them taking cover after taking damage to recover health. Use distraction to get closer or move positions. Focus on making an elimination to prevent them from healing behind cover. Make sure you have a full clip on your primary and secondary. Aim carefully and focus all fire on the target. Use the weapon swap rather than reload to reduce the reload delay.
The key to staying alive in a hairy situation is to avoid detection. Once you are detected keep moving. Run, bounce, spin, hop, and remember that the tagger is the target…keep the target moving.
Laser tag is not as accurate as you might imagine. Think of it as shooting an invisible flashlight. The beam spreads out gradually in a cone shaped. All weapon modes are capable of hitting multiple targets at the same time (it is just the nature of IR-based equipment). Look for opportunities to tag players physically bunched together or players at multiple ranges that fall within your line of sight at the same time. You may also find that your weapon mode has a sweet spot distance. Getting too close or too far away is rather ineffective. You will find each weapon mode has a distance range where tagging opponents becomes increasingly easier. You may feel tempted to move in close but keeping your distance will work more in your favor.
Avoid bunching up with multiple players in the same spot or behind the same bunker. Groups draw more fire and may be damages by a single opponent if too close together. Teaming up can be very effective; make sure to give each other some breathing room.
Use the trigger to your advantage. Laser tag equipment often has a longer than necessary trigger pull. You only need to pull the trigger enough to trip the internal switch. You can fire rapidly by bouncing the trigger off of the switch and shorting the trigger pull.
If you need to expose yourself to heavy fire with no cover put your tagger behind your back; use your body as cover. This limits your exposure without cheating. This is a great tactic when you need a few extra seconds to complete a game objective under fire, like raising a flag. Remember covering your sensor with your hands or sitting on your sensor is considered cheating.
Stay alert to indications that you are under fire. It won’t be obvious like paintball when someone is shooting in your direction; especially when the shooter is hidden or far away. Look for muzzle flashes, nearby players taking hits, and your own equipment feedback for indications that you need to take cover.
Don’t linger in congested areas like respawn points. Keep your equipment low or behind your back while you move to cover if your home base is under heavy attack. Don’t use your home base or respawn point as cover; this only draws more fire to these heavy congestion areas.
If you are a paintball player you will soon find out that your opponents will not behave as you might expect. They will often expose themselves for longer periods of time. They will fail to recognize when they are being fired upon. They will perform more mad dashes into enemy territory. Take advantage of their inexperience and survey your surroundings more often. Watch your back!
Make sure everyone on your team understands the game objectives. Sometimes it takes more than shooting to win a round.
Find a leader or take command. Many players will rise to the challenge if elected. Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands. Having a leader will greatly improve your chances of playing as a team and winning.
Don’t stick your tagger out of a safe position. If you are inside a tent shoot from inside the tent…don’t stick your tagger out of the window.
Avoid lying prone on the ground. It can be hard to move fast and limits the view of your surroundings. It also makes it easy for someone to step on you or trip.
Don’t hug your bunker. If you move back from your bunker a few feet it gives you better vision and greater mobility. If someone slams the other side you are in for a shock.
Keep an eye on your cover. Unlike paintball you can’t get shot in the foot or elbow but having a body part sticking out gives away your position.
Use silence and confusion to throw off your opponent. With almost unlimited ammo it can be tempting to fire off as many rounds as possible. Try tucking into your position for 10-15 seconds to throw off your opponent. In the heat of battle it is easy to lose track of your targets when they disappear from sight. Hiding your lights in the dark can make you appear nearly invisible. Try turning off your LCD and covering your lights.
Play as a team and don’t get caught too far out in front. Avoid doubling up on bunkers. Have players call out their bunker before the round starts. Try to move forward as a team. If you move up too quickly on your own you will soon be overexposed.
Communicate with your team. Good communication is vital to working as a team. Call out movements, call for cover fire when needed, and warn others of enemy movements.
Call out eliminations. For example, call out, “Back left corner is down!” We ask that you also call out when you are eliminated. This informs your team and enhances the overall game play. Raise your hands and yell out, “I’m out!”
Determine if you are left or right eye dominant. You may be surprised to learn that you have a dominant eye. Check out this link for more information. You may find that even though you wright with your left you are right eye is dominant and your aim might improve by switching hands.
Learn to switch hands or play to your dominant side. If you shoot with your right you should try to use the right side of the bunkers. It’s exposes less of your body. When you go left you should recognize that this is your week side; using the left sparingly just to change things up. If you can switch hands effectively you will have an advantage.
Don’t pop out from the same location too many times in a row. Change bunkers when possible or vary your movements…come out high, come out low, switch side, etc. Try to keep your opponent guessing.
Standing behind a horizontal bunker is one of the weakest positions for most players. When you rise up over the bunker to shoot you lead with your head. If you are behind a horizontal bunker try to move out from the sides. Rise up quickly if necessary; holding your tagger high rather than from the hip. Stand back a foot or two for better mobility and don’t stay up too long…popup take a few shots and drop down.
Don’t forget to aim. In paintball you have the luxury of walking the paint to the target but you don’t get the same feedback in laser tag. Aiming is critical to hitting your target but you can still walk it in….start on the outside and work in if you can’t seem to hit your target. Aim for the sensors not the players.
No commando, action-hero moves please…no diving head first, jumping over bunkers, or barrel rolls. Sliding feet first into a bunker is allowed. Be careful not to slam into the bunker because someone could be hugging the other side.
Dominate the real estate. The start of each round is a land grab. Move your team out fast and wide because the team that grabs the most land has the best chance of winning.
Don’t get tunnel vision. Learn to keep a mental map of the arena, your team positions, and enemy movements. Don’t get so focuses on a firefight that you forget to check your surroundings. Periodically scan your blind spots for danger and for new opportunities.
Use the angles. Just like paintball the angles are very important. Head to head battles are usually decided by dominating the angles. Get your team to spread out to take advantage of multiple firing lanes. Look for positions that give you a diagonal lane to an enemy bunker without exposing your position. If you have the angle on an enemy bunker they will walk right into your line of fire.
Learn your own rhythm of battle composure. You need to balance reacting quickly to rapidly changing circumstances and jumping the gun. When you have the ability to assess the situation before reacting, pause for a moment to compose yourself, survey the situation, and steady your aim before leaping into action. For example, the enemy is in your sights and is unaware that you have the drop on them…you drop to one knee, glance around for unseen threats, steady your shot and make the elimination…all in one fluid movement. If you just came out shooting you might miss or fall into a trap.
Prepare yourself mentally to avoid confrontations with other players. Remind yourself that everyone is there to have a good time.
Take out the high priority targets first. Find your nemesis. If you run out and simply engage any target that presents itself you might find that your team is gone by the time you get to the opposing team’s star player. Identify the key players early and intentionally seek them out at the start of each round. Gunning for a specific player can be very effective and your survival often depends on dropping the star players first. Watch out…they might be gunning for revenge in the next round.
Be courageous without being reckless. Big risks have big rewards but nobody likes a suicide player. There is no pain and you can soon reinsert or start a new round. Make those big moves, be bold, and take risks. There is no reason to hide in a back bunker like paintball.
Take advantage of your surroundings. Players who are fast and small can take full advantage of small forward bunkers like a snake line. Use the overhead cover of a tent window to survey the area while hiding your sensors. Even the sun and shadows can be used to your advantage. For example, move to a position with the sun to your back; forcing your opponents to face the glare of the sun. Try standing behind a tent and shooting through the tent windows from the outside. Cover your speaker if stealth is desired…be tricky.
Don’t linger inside a tent or behind a bunker for too long. Always be planning your next move. Consider forward, lateral, and retreat paths. Striking and falling back repeatedly can be a very effective tactic.
Our tagger IR beam is powerful and can penetrate some barrier materials. Use this to your advantage by avoiding leaning into bunker canvas and try shooting through a bunker if the material or cover looks a bit thin. If the tent windows are shaded you can shoot through without being seen. If you can see enemy lights through bunker material then you have a good change of inflicting shoot-through damage.
IR beams are highly reflective…just saying you might be able to bank in a few shots. Look for reflective surfaces like gym floors. If you can see enemy lights in the reflection or through a tent wall you should be able to make the shot.
When playing mixed games with a broad range of skill levels, please be considerate of weaker players. Don’t give them a free pass but don’t ruin their day either…
The equipment is pretty hard to mess with but avoid fiddling with the buttons. The scopes have been adjusted and the adjustment covers are glued down. Don’t try to remove the adjustment covers or modify the scope settings. Do play with the brightness levels on the red dot scope if more than one setting is available.
The lenses on the scopes and tagger barrel are durable but touching them is not recommended. You want your lenses to be nice and clean. Please remember to see a referee if either lens needs cleaning to help avoid scratching the lenses.
Is there some aspect of your arena that is giving you and other players grief? Bring it to the attention of your game specialist. One nice thing about our arenas is that they can be easily modified.