So this is it. It’s time to “Get In The Game” and raise your ULTRAZONE laser tag score. We’ve put together some simple (hopefully) coaching thoughts to get that score elevated. Of course it is really common to see laser players have great plans only to be caught up in the rush of excitement. Hey, that’s what The ZONE does. It changes your life.
Your First Game
Hey, give yourself a break if you don’t get a huge score in the first game. Our arena “The ZONE” is really designed to be overwhelming (in a good way) for your first few games.
Here is a cool overhead design that should, and we emphasize should, help you find your way around the Arena for the first few games.
OMG, What Happened In There?
So you return to the lobby and we call out scorecards for each player (each player equipment or vest is designated by a cool themed name ). Once you get your game scorecard, it is really easy to help you figure out what happened in the game and even put together a strategy for next game-not that you’ll follow the plan of course :-). Here is an example of a scorecard that shows you what did actually happen in there. The key is to show your score to one of the staff and ask them to help analyze your game.
Scorecard is also available in PDF here: Analyze Your Game
Uh, You Should Fire Your Laser
This absolutely the first item we look for when we chat with you after the first game or two. For top results you should fire your laser 400 + times. Everyone’s accuracy is terrible; so if you’re not firing your laser, you’re not scoring points.
Base Capture Means Team Victory
Here is a photo of a Base Target. To win the game, you really have to capture the bases. In a 3 team game you’ve got 2 opponent bases worth 2001 points each. ALERT! You have to tag a bases 3 times in a sequence to capture it. If you miss the sequence the Base will actually ridicule you for being a loser.
Find Arena Targets To Elevate Your Game
Here’s a photo of a Target (uh, the real ones are a lot smaller, unfortunately for you) with the point values that we currently have assigned to each color. There are 50+ of these hidden throughout the Arena on walls and on the ceiling. We program them to go active and stay active for a certain amount of time so stay alert. Players who focus on these generally get huge 15,000+ scores.
Game Stations- Power Up Your Game
Here’s photo of a Game Station kiosk. Game stations give you special player powers aka “power ups.” Here’s the deal
- Find a Game Station, stand in front and FACE it.
- The station will recognize your pack name.
- A countdown starts and a certain power up is identified.
- At the end of the countdown, as long as you haven’t been tagged, a slider bar appears on the screen. You slide it left to right and BOOM you’ve powered up!
As for the power ups there are five of them
- Hyper-Mode lets fire your laser twice as fast and recover twice as fast when you’re tagged.
- Shields requires you to get tagged a huge 10 times to be deactivated.
- Invincibility makes you invulnerable to tags for 10 seconds.
- Stealth gives the illusion that your pack is off because all the pack lights are dark.
- Relay Bounce means that when you tag a player, that pack absorbs your laser signature and then uses it to tag other players and a chain reaction occurs with you getting all the points.
NOTE: If you try to get 2 powers ups in succession you’ll get ACCESS DENIED on the screen.
Cyborg and Particle Accelerator
Friend or foe, it all depends if you are on your game with these two Arena features.
Here is a Particle Accelerator
Here is The Cyborg
Fortunately for you they operate in the same way. The capture and beam emitter is located in a Zeon based power cube on the front. The sequence is continuous during a game.
- Orange= Idle
- Green= Ready for Capture
- Red= Warning, about to Fire
- Flashing White= Fire pattern activated
You goal is to capture it in the green cycle, then you “own it” and when it fires you get all the points from the players it tags. Nice!
Team Play Wins Games-
Team, Team, Team- players on the court. Play with a buddy or better yet a group of 3 or even 4. You’ll make some new friends and your team will probably win.
Change Your Laser Grip To The Role Player Grip
Ok this is it. The next level of laser tag coolness the famous “Role Player Grip.” This grip has been used since the very beginning of ULTRAZONE. It is really helpful in laser movement and looks awesome too. Just rotate the hand holding the front of the laser so your thumb is covering the palm sensor and your fingers are on the top of the laser. We’ll show you the next time you’re at The ZONE. Here’s a photo of “G” demonstrating the grip.
The Sweep Move
The Sweep Move is another super cool laser tag game move that all the tournament players use. You sweep your laser in an arc across a single player or better yet event a group of players. The secret is that the laser fires in that pattern you can actually tag more than one target in a single laser pulse. Ask us about this.
Sort of a myth that there is a “great spot” to stay in for long periods. Sometimes in certain games that might work, but mostly keep moving and follow the crowd, which means you’re following points. Now there’s a hint for you.
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