Today TTPM is reviewing Recoil Laser Tag Starter Set, SR-12 Rogue and Frag Grenade (Recoil Game, Recoil Guns, Recoil Multiplayer Starter Set) from Skyrocket Toys. A WiFi way to play laser tag that feels like a first person shooter video game come to life? Check out this review to see where the Recoil system goes right and wrong. Keep watching these review videos of kids toys.
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The team at Skyrocket is taking everything they already know about augmented reality and fun gameplay and are porting it into the world of first person shooters, attempting to bring a classic video game genre into the real world with a system that combines WiFi, augmented reality and giant blasters off the screen and into the real world.
On it’s face, Recoil seems like a super-advanced version of Laser Tag, but it’s a bit more than that. The starter set comes with enough pieces to get two people started, including a WiFi hub that can connect up to 18 players and their weapons within a 250 foot radius. This gives you a lot of gameplay area.
You also receive two of the system’s smaller blasters, the RK-45 Spitfire. In order to get the full function out of this system, before playing, you’ll need to connect a phone mount to each blaster because this system relies on a lot of tech to work. This requires a screwdriver, so make sure you have one. You then have to connect a damage sensor to the bottom of the blaster that keeps track of how many times you get shot or hurt by a grenade. This is easy as the sensor plugs into the bottom of the blaster and hooks to your shirt or pocket without really interfering with gameplay.
The blasters themselves look good, and when you start shooting, you can feel they are very well designed. Each pull of the trigger gives a bit of haptic feedback, almost feeling like a video game blaster. The blasters also make sounds and have good coloring. The grenade is a bit more basic and my least favorite weapon because there’s a chance you can hit someone in the head when you toss it. The grenade is rubberized, but it’s still not pleasant when…or if…that happens.
While playing, your phone has a health bar that tracks how close you are to death. A truly fun feature is the integration of GPS, which lets you see how far away other players are, as well as their general direction and the system drops upgraded ammo, health and armor within the gameplay area to help players out.
Unfortunately, the system didn’t always register hits and misses as expected. While standing next to a person, shots were not registered as hits, yet sometimes you were able to hit a player through a wall using standard ammo. It’s possible there was interference where we were playing, but it’s just as likely that the system still has some kinks to work out.While this game is a lot of fun to play, there are a lot of things to be aware of. First, the best way to play is outdoors, and the app suggests that you plug headphones into your phone for the best gameplay experience (the app offers directional audio). Of course, when walking outside with giant gun-looking devices with headphones in, there’s a possibility of passersby not understanding that you’re playing a game. So, be careful while playing outside.
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