If you’re interested in playing laser tag, then the likelihood is that you want to win. Of course, it’s the taking part that counts but.. yeah, winning is important too.
If you want to improve your laser tag game and compete with the best, then it can pay to learn some cool laser tag tips. This can give you the leg up on your friends and ensure that you finish at the top of the scoresheet every single time.
Laser Tag Tips to Improve your Game
Keep shooting continuously
One of the easiest way to increase your laser tag game immediately is to just keep continuously firing. The benefit of laser tag is that reloading isn’t difficult, if at all at some laser tag arenas. So, keeping a constant barrage of fire is a good idea. This can increase the likelihood that you’re going to hit your targets.
Depending on the laser tag gun that you’re using, you may or not have the ability to reload your gun. If you don’t need to reload, it’ll definitely pay to keep your finger on the trigger.
Keep on movin!
Unless you’re consciously camping, then it pays to keep on your toes as much as you can. This is because a moving target is far more difficult to hit than a stationary one. You don’t want to be sprinting around however, as this is likely to have a massive effect on your aim. If you keep a steady pace as you walk, you’re going to be difficult to hit and keep your accuracy.
Camping is also a good tactic if you want to keep your activity levels low. Just get yourself in a small corner of the area and stay still – you’ll soon find your opponents walking into your firing line.
Dress in dark clothing
There’s nothing worse than turning the lights off to play laser tag and one of your team didn’t get the black t shirt memo. If you’re serious about winning, then all black is an essential part of playing laser tag. Another good thing about dark clothing is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Just head to your color cheapy store and pick up an outfit.
If you don’t have all black, then at least opt for dark colors and avoid fluorescent orange. These colors are too bright and will give your positions away before you’ve even seen your opponent.
Although many people think that it’s par easier to stay in a pack, this isn’t usually the case. Why? Well if you’re in a pack and you come across a straggler, then he has a far larger target to aim for. There’s a likelihood that he might even be able to pick off two or three of your squad before you get the crucial shot away.
If you’re on your own or just with one other person, you can keep things stealthy without giving your opponent a massive target to aim at.
Keep low and crouch walk
There’s a reason that the military have perfected the crouch walk. If you really want to make yourself difficult to hit, it can pay to keep low. This is especially useful if you’re a child or even just a bit short, because you can stay out of the eye-line of that taller folk and sneak attack.
If you don’t know how to crouch walk, then just crouching when you’re stationary is also a good idea.
Know your map
It pays to study the area that you’re using beforehand. There’s nothing worse than playing laser tag somewhere that you have literally no idea what’s around each corner – you’re just asking for trouble. If you can, try and spend some time walking around the place you’re playing laser tag and get your bearings. This will give you a massive advantage further down the line.
Let your eyes adjust
Assumedly, you’re going to be playing laser tag in a dark area. So, you need to give your eyes a little time to adjust to this. Try and survive for the first minute without going on the attack whilst your eyes get adjusted to the darkness.
Get up high where possible
Depending on where you’re playing, you might have the opportunity to get up higher than your opponent. If you do, this is definitely something that you should try and do. Being up high gives you an awesome vantage point over your opponent and will give you the opportunity to scout out where your enemies are.
Of course, being up high has it’s dangers too. If you’re at an elevated position, you’ll need to keep looking around constantly to check you’re not a sitting duck.
Use your ears
Whilst many people think that laser tag is a game for the eyes, it also pays to ensure that you’ve got your ears to the ground too. Listening to your opponents movements can give you a big advantage, as you can get prepared for their arrival before they’ve even entered your area.
Aim for the easy targets
It’s a dog eat dog world out there. There’s no shame in accepting that you’re not going to be the best laser tag player of all time.
Fortunately, there’s still tons of people who aren’t going to be as good as you. I’m talking about the oldies that go, and if you’re feeling really evil, then the young kids. Even though you run the risk of ruining little Tommy’s 5th birthday party, there’s no shame in targeting him for some easy points.
If all else fails.. cheat
If you can’t win playing by their rules, then sometimes it you might have to bend the rules a little. I’m not a huge advocate of this – but cheating at laser tag is sometimes necessary. This is especially true if you’re playing against people that are better than you.
Overall, these are just a few easy to follow laser tag tips that can help you be a better player. Laser tag doesn’t have to be the most competitive sport. It’s a great game to play with your kids, and you can even get a laser tag set to play at home with. But if you’re playing to win, then these are some of the best tips to help you improve your game.
The good thing is that these tips are generally all transferable to other non contact gun sports like paintball and airsoft too. One of the best ways to learn to be better at laser tag is to study other people who are better than you and copy their tactics – there’s no shame in doing this to learn some new moves.