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What is Laser Tag?

Laser Tag (sometimes also referred to as ‘Laser Skirmish’ or ‘Dark Zone’) is an action packed game where players wear electronic vests and ‘tag’ each other with ‘phasors’ to score points. How the game is played depends heavily on the specific equipment used and the game format chosen by the players.

Game Formats

Laser Tag is often playable in many formats. Some of the more typical game styles include:

  • Solo Games: “everybody vs. everybody”
  • Team Games: games where groups of players work together against other groups
  • Bases: games where devices called bases exist and can be tagged for extra points

Please note that while we try to make as many options available for you as possible, our staff may select a game format for your game to ensure that the game is as fair and enjoyable as possible for all players involved. Please also note that during rare periods of maintenance, some types of games may be unavailable.

Technology

A laser tag system typically makes use of infra-red technology (think of a more complicated version of your television remote) to fire the phasor.

Of course, it’s called laser tag for a reason, and that’s because it also involves lasers! Don’t worry though – these lasers are purely for show (and to help you aim!), and meet strict safety requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a game?

On a typical day we run a game every fifteen minutes. In this fifteen minutes is 12 minutes of game play, and 3 minutes of time allowed for putting on and taking off the laser tag equipment.

We will often recommend having a break between each laser game you intend to play, which will give you some time to check your scores, talk about your game, grab a drink and catch your breath. Please note that these breaks are not a strict requirement, and are also not always possible depending on other bookings.

For our special sessions (such as 4 Hour Friday and Super Sessions) the game time is often shortened to reduce the amount of time you need to wait between each game. Your games will run for shorter periods, but you will get to play more games, so your total game play time works out to be about the same.

Does it hurt?

Not at all! Laser tag systems are meant to be enjoyable, and are not designed to cause discomfort or pain. It does not hurt to be tagged by another player (unless you count your ego!). Typically, when you are tagged, your vest will be deactivated for a few seconds, and you cannot tag other players to earn points in that time.

There is also more information about the laser fitted in each phasor under the “Laser Certification and Safety” section of the Rules and Safety page.

How many people do you need to play?

At least two people are required to be able to play laser tag.

How many people can play?

Our Hobart arena can have up to 21 players in a single game, and our Launceston arena can have up to 30 players in a single game.

Are there any entry requirements?

In order to play there are a number of entry requirements that all players must adhere to. These include appropriate clothing (singlets are not allowed; a t-shirt is required at a minimum), appropriate enclosed footwear (no thongs, sandals, or heels; runners are recommended), appropriate behaviour, and adherence to the playing rules that we enforce.

For a full list of our entry requirements, please check the “In Order To Play” and “Game Rules” sections of our Rules and Safety page.

How will I know what to do?

A full instructional briefing is provided to all laser tag players and takes only a few minutes to complete. You may also read the “Game Rules” section on the Rules and Safety page.