So the Fun Committee organised an evening full of fun playing laser tag! It was at Bunker 51 in North Greenwich which is surprisingly easy to get to from North Greenwich tube station by public transport or via taxis.
When we arrived we were greeted, given forms to sign (our lives away) and handed overalls to wear. Our Marshall warned us to take off our t-shirts else you’ll get soaked/sweat rings so I heeded her warning and just wore the overalls over my shorts. These are surprisingly warm since they are thick but help keep you clean because the arena is very muddy! Yes, it was too hot (30 degrees) to be wearing overalls but I took it as a sauna and gym session.
We played for 1 hour. This fitted in four 10 minute games and included briefing. There was 3 modes:
– VIP: Shoot the president 40 times to win the game
– Free for All
There were 5 hit areas on each armour: 3 on the gun and 2 on the body piece. I found the best place was to aim for the enemy gun unless you’re at close range to hit their body armour. The sensor on my gun was odd, I was unable to hit someone on their back even standing close to them. Ah well. Friendly fire is also on so it was hard to not shoot my teammates especially when they ran in front of me during open fire…
Team Mode Gameplay
Our group got split into two. So there were 7 on each side. We started on opposite corners and slowly moved around the room; dodging laser beams and hiding behind crates and blocks. The aim of the game is to score the highest amount of hits – one hit equals a kill. Team that “kills” the most wins. Green team won by a mere few kills.
VIP Mode Gameplay
The top player from the team who won the first game now becomes the VIP. The opposing team now has to assassinate the VIP while his/her team protects her. My friend was the VIP and we managed to get to him where his team and my team battled it out but he managed to hide himself very well in the last 5 minutes, so my team only hit him 20 times. Hahaha.
Free for All Gameplay
In this mode it’s ‘Every man for himself’. So basically shoot anyone you come across. The only problem was the arena was so small and there wasn’t many places to hide. So we were literally sitting ducks. It was still fun and cool to run around like headless chickens. One of my colleagues didn’t understand what a free for all was and was telling his “team” not to shoot him. I had to educate him mid-battle… bless (shows I play many FPS to understand these terms…)
The laser tag arena is fairly small but vast in the sense of space because there wasn’t a lot of hiding areas. Crates, trucks, tyres, buildings and shields are dotted around the place but it wasn’t a maze like some other laser tag arenas I’ve been to. However, it’s easy to see the flashing lights on the armour since its an open space. The laser tag arena is also very muddy, wet and dirty so you must be careful when running. Some of my group slipped and hurt themselves. The armour and gun were slightly weighty so if you’re not over 5’1″ you wouldn’t be able to handle it.
Overall the venue was easy to get to, small but fine if you have a large group. A lot of camping rather than running around. So unless you have a tactic to flank the other team you wouldn’t be able move forward.
The area is available exclusive to your party if you have at least 10 players. Drink and food packages are available but we didn’t get it. You will get really sweaty. All of us looked like we just jumped out of a waterfall (eww) so do bring a change of clothes or just wear the overalls over shorts. I thought it was value for money, £20 per person for an hour gameplay; although not the cheapest I’ve come across.
It was so much fun and everyone enjoyed themselves. Some people were playing unfairly but their sneaky tactics weren’t fruitful.
Hope you all enjoyed this post. Will you visit Bunker51? Or do you have another laser tag venue you prefer?