Best Laser Tag Guns and Equipment Sets for Home Use in 2017
We have all played army, cowboy, or any other shooting game while growing up as kids. Back then we might have used sticks or, if we were lucky, plastic guns with the occasional sound effects thrown in.
But now there is a game changer: home laser tag guns. Having gone through an enormous popularity boost in the last decade, laser tag is now an established action game that is suitable for both kids as well as for adults.
Home laser tag sets allow for fun and intense shooting games with your friends, colleagues or with your kids, at home or in the park. That’s why we have researched the market and compiled a list of the best laser tag guns and sets available today. Are you in?
What Is Laser Tag?
Laser tag is a fun action game or recreational activity – some even call it a sport – for teams or individuals where players basically try and score points by shooting (or tagging) targets. You do this with a hand-held laser tag gun.
Often these targets are placed on vests carried by your opponents that you need to aim for. Otherwise the laser tag guns themselves have sensors that are the targets.
Where to Play Laser Tag?
Nowadays there are lots of semi professional indoor laser tag arenas where you can have some serious fun with a bunch of friends. If you don’t have a big group, you can also just simply join in with another group of players.
These arenas can get a bit pricey sometimes but if you’re in a big group and you purchase several rounds of battles, it’s still very affordable. And fun guaranteed!
But you can also play laser tag at home with your kids or with friends. Simply buy your own home laser tag kit and you can play as often as you like, whenever you feel like it. Laser tag sets for home use are very popular and their quality is very decent too. Be warned though, home laser tag can get very addictive!
Best Laser Tag Guns and Equipment Sets in 2017
Here are 10 of the best laser tag guns and sets for home use currently available. Single laser tag guns, 2-packs, or 4 player laser tag sets, we have them all covered. Some of these laser tag sets also come with target vests, while other guns have sensors built in.
1. Call of Life – 4 Player Laser Tag Set
The Call of Life 4 player laser tag set by Simply Addictive Games with ultra cool laser tag guns has 4 different team settings, meaning you can play individually against each other or form different teams.
It also allows you to choose different blaster settings, which means you can have 4 different types of guns: a pistol, a shotgun, a submachine gun or a missile launcher. Each of these blasters have different ammunition levels and different firing-rates, which makes a laser tag battle much more strategic. Typically, the more destructive your blaster style, the more damage you can do to your opponent, but the less ammunition you have.
Depending on where you are (at home or outside) and which blaster setting you have chosen, the max range is about 40 meters, which is actually really good. The blasters are also the actual targets so there is no need to wear an extra vest.
Watch this fun video of a dad and his kids battling it out with these laser tag guns:
Call of Life – 2 Player Laser Tag Set
What’s good is that all these laser tag guns can be programmed to work together. So if you buy a 4-player set and a 2-player set, then all 6 of them will work perfectly together.
Call of Life – Star Wars Laser Tag Set
The price is roughly the same, but you get a small Star Wars bag with it. The two laser tag guns are otherwise exactly like a standard Call of Life 2-player laser tag set.
2. Laser X Laser Gaming Set
Released in 2016, the Laser X Laser Gaming System is the latest laser tag set that has entered the market of home laser tag guns. Laser X has proved that it can compete with other popular laser tag guns such as the Call of Life set and the Nerf Phoenix LTX taggers.
This set comes with two laser tag guns and two target vests that are connected to the guns with a cable. This may be an issue for some, but the vests aren’t heavy at all and they fit very nicely.
As you can see in the picture, the guns are shaped somewhat differently. This is fine though as it makes them stand out from the crowd.
Laser X has put a strong emphasis on sound and light effects, which is great, but for some people the sound effects can just be a bit too much. There’s even a voice that gives you feedback about how you’re playing and what you should do next. The light effects are awesome though, and the best way to play a laser tag game with Laser X is inside with the lights off. It’s really cool!
As with most of the other laser tag guns listed here, Laser X allows you to play in teams and individually. If you buy multiple sets, all the guns will be able to work together.
3. Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-Pack
This Nerf 2 player laser tag set is a great and affordable way to get started in the exciting world of home laser tag. This is a complete set that includes two high-quality Phoenix LTX taggers that register hits with illumination, vibrations and sounds. You can choose between the indoor or outdoor setting which determines for example how far your firing range is.
The ammo indicator tells you when you are running out of ammunition. When you run out of ammunition you need to release the power core release button. Whenever you need do this you are vulnerable, which forces you to aim carefully at your enemies instead of randomly shooting to avoid running out of ammunition.
Other exciting features include the strength switch and shield activation. You can read our review of the Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX taggers to get a better idea of how awesome these laser tag guns are.
Check out below video to see for yourself how awesome the light and sound effects of these taggers are:
4. WowWee Light Strike Assault Strikers
The popular WowWee Light Strike Assault Striker is packed with great features. The thing you’ll notice straight away is its paper-like design, very similar to WowWee’s Paper Jamz range. The gun is very thin which is something you’ll either love or hate. As part of the design, the Assault Striker does not actully have any buttons to push, instead it has touch-sensitive buttons just like with a smartphone.
You can play in 4 teams with 4 different colors: red, yellow, green and blue. By holding the team button pressed you can go through each of these colors and select the one you want.
Similarly, you can also select from 6 different weapon styles that you want to use during a laser tag battle. Each weapon style has its own features and drawbacks which makes makes choosing the right type of weapon a strategic decision which makes the game even more exciting.
Check out this video to see how awesome and sophisticated this laser tag gun is:
WowWee Light Strike Assault Striker Set – 3-Pack
This Special Edition Laser Tag Set includes all three different WowWee Light Strike Assault Strikers as one set. So if you’d like to purchase all three of them, this set may be your best choice.
5. Nerf Lazer Tag Augmented Reality (LTAR) – 2 or 4 Player Laser Tag Set
The Nerf LTAR – Lazer Tag Augmented Reality – blasters were designed as an attempt to combine smartphone virtual reality with laser tag. The augmented reality aspect is an interesting bonus but the guns can also work by themselves without using your smartphones.
They come with an iPod/iPhone cradle, and with the app you can battle against alien invaders, call in airstrikes and so much more. The battle simulations are pretty awesome, both in team mode or solo mode. When you haven’t got anyone around, then you can go practice your skills by yourself to get yourself ready for the next battle with your friends.
These are cool guns, but as mentioned, you can also play with them without using an iPhone or iPad. If you do decide to purchase these guns because of their augmented reality aspect, make sure you check compatibility with the latest iOS models.
6. Nerf Lazer Tag Multiplayer Battle System
This could quite possibly be one of the most intense real-life laser combat sets available. This pack includes two Phoenix LTX taggers (see item 3) + two Shot Blast attachments, two Pinpoint Sight targeting units and 1 Video Game module. When you’re not battling with your friends, you can practice your skills 1v1 using this top quality video game module. Simply connect it to the TV and you’ll get to play the most amazing virtual laser tag games.
This very professional set is essentially the same as the 2-pack at number 2, but with the extra attachments added. The attachments are absolutely amazing and they really do take the game to a whole new level, but whether you would be willing to pay the extra money for it, that is of course up to you. The 2 Phoenix LTX tagger guns by themselves are already pretty awesome, especially at that very affordable price.
7. Lazer Tag Team Ops Deluxe 2-Player System
This deluxe 2 player laser tag set includes an amazing LCD that gives you live game results, stats and also communicates with your teammates devices. You get two laser tagger units, two HUD LCD units, up to 11 pre-programmed game modes and the option to design your own custom games. This is a sophisticated laser tag system but be mindful that the headset is not for everyone.
8. Laser Challenge Team Force Set – Laser Tag Set With Vests
The Laser Challenge Team Force set comes with 2 light-weight target vests and 2 infra-red laser guns. When you aim at one of the sensors on the vest, the vest then registers the hit with an electronic sound effect. The vest also emits a repeating beeping noise that increases in tempo the more hits the vest registers. This is getting real!
9. WowWee Light Strike 2 Player Combo With Vests
The WowWee Light Strike Strikers are similar to the Assault Strikers at number 2 but smaller. This particular set includes 2 Light Strike strikers (pistol type laser tag guns) and 2 Light Strike target vests. The guns and vests emit sounds and lights to increase the intensity of the game.
The Light Strike 2 Player Combo is a very advanced and sophisticated laser tag set but is also one of the more expensive ones in the list. In our opinion, the price tag is not really justified compared to other laser tag guns in this list that are just as much fun. For example, the Call of Life laser tag set is more affordable but offers the same quality and fun.
10. Discovery Kids Spaceship Laser Tag
The Discovery Kids Spaceship Laser Tag set with 2 laser tag guns (one green and one orange), disguised as exciting spaceships, is great fun for little kids – ages 6 and up. With each direct hit, the spaceship makes awesome intergalactic sounds and vibrations.
The hand grips are big enough for parents to play with their kids too. And what’s even better, if you buy multiple sets, they will all work together. Turn the lights off and you’ll be having an amazing laser tag experience right at home!
History of Laser Tag
Laser tag as a game has been around since 1979 when the Phaser was released by Milton Bradley, the very first laser tag gun. The Phaser was developed as a response to the huge popularity of Star Trek at the time and it didn’t take long before other companies jumped on the bandwagon and started to realize how big the laser tag market could become. Laser tag slowly turned into a team sport with many laser tag arenas popping up everywhere.
As laser tag and laser tag arenas became more and more popular, the first home laser tag guns started appearing on the market. Home laser tag guns are now so sophisticated that there is no need anymore to head out to a laser tag arena. Although it must be said that going to a laser tag arena with a bunch of friends can turn into a great night out.
Are You Ready to Play Laser Tag?
Home laser tag guns and equipment sets aren’t bulky or unpractical, nor do they have to involve strapping on cumbersome and heavy vests. Now, in the comfort of your own home, or in the park in the sun, you can have an intense gaming experience without having to line up or play with strangers.
With so many customizable games and single player modes available, you can go out and play a game with friends or you can do a bit of practice shooting by yourself. This is also what we love most about laser tag: it’s not just an ordinary shooting game, it’s also a very social game and it keeps children active. And that’s exactly why laser tag is so much better than video games. Children should be active rather than sitting in front of a TV or computer screen all day.
So get your laser tag guns out and experience how fun this game can be!