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Laser tag is a fun and simple game that involves using laser tag guns to try and shoot your opponent. The laser guns fire infrared beams, and trigger sensors in a playerís vest to indicate that theyíve been hit.[1] Games of laser tag are typically team-based, and take place in complex arenas and mazes. This means that strategy and teamwork are essential to becoming a good laser tag player. You can increase your odds of performing well by preparing for the game, working as a team, and making smart decisions in combat.


EditPreparing for the Game
  1. Wear darker clothing to make yourself harder to spot. Laser tag is almost always played in the dark. This means that youíll stick out if youíre wearing bright clothing, making it easier for the enemy to spot you. Wear black or dark blue to keep you hidden from your opponents.[2]
    • Wear something comfortable. Youíre going to be running around a lot, so make sure that youíre not wearing any heavy or baggy clothing.
  2. Tighten your tactical vest to make you harder to hit. Your vest contains sensors. When one of your opponents hits one of your sensors, youíre out. To make it harder to hit your sensors, tighten your vest so that it doesnít wobble around. To tighten your vest, push it all the way up on your torso, and then tighten and buckle the shoulder and side straps.[3]
    • Some vests go off accidentally if theyíre too loose. Make sure that itís tight by double-checking the shoulder and side straps before the game starts.
    • If your vest is loose, itíll be easier to hear it rattling around when youíre moving. You donít want to give away your position![4]
    • If you have trouble with your equipment, ask someone that works at the venue for help.
  3. Communicate with your team ahead of time to prepare your strategy. Most laser tag games are team-based, meaning that youíll be working alongside the others on your team. Before the game starts, discuss a general strategy for working together. This could be as simple as assigning roles, or as complex as setting up specific plays.
    • Consider using simple hand signals to indicate the location of an enemy, or ask for covering fire.
    • Split your team into two smaller teams and use one for offense and one for defense if youíre playing a game of base defense or capture the flag.
  4. Study your environment ahead of time to get an upper hand. If you can study the map ahead of time, look for good tactical positions or areas to hide. Knowing the lay of the land will give you an advantage over an unprepared opponent. Look for areas with good cover, or easy routes to sneak around and flank the other team.[5]
    • Some laser tag facilities have a brochure with their map in it. Pick one up when you get to the play area to see if it has a map!
EditWorking as a Team
  1. Split your team up in order to make you harder to beat. Many people think that itís always better to stick together, but it actually makes it easier for your opponent to hit one of you. If your team is bunched together, the odds of a shot landing are much higher. Split up or work in pairs to keep your team safe and difficult to catch.[6]
    • Itís also much easier for the opposing team to pin you down in one location if youíre all next to each other. You donít want to get trapped as a team!
  2. Ambush the enemy by splitting up with a teammate. Try hiding near an enemy and using a teammate to lure them out. Once your opponent reveals their location, get into position and sneak up on them. While theyíre distracted, jump out and surprise them.[7]
  3. Cover your teammates by shooting when theyíre moving. Shooting while a teammate is moving is a good way to ensure that your opponent doesnít get a free shot off. Itís harder to hit a moving target if someone is shooting back![8]
    • Some laser tag weapons use digital ammunition. That means that you may not have unlimited opportunities to shoot, so use them wisely![9]
  4. Watch your back and keep an eye out for your team. Being aware of your surroundings is essential to winning at laser tag.[10] Make sure that you keep track of your team so that you can help them if they get into trouble. Keep an eye out for opponents that try to sneak around and flank you from behind.
    • Almost all laser tag vests have a sensor on the back, but ask if you have one just to be sure. You canít be hit from behind if thereís no sensor on your back.
EditMaking Tactical Decisions
  1. Take the higher ground whenever possible. If your play area has multiple levels, it is a good idea to get as high as possible. If youíre up high, you have a vantage point over the rest of the map. This will make it easier to spot and shoot at enemies.[11]
    • Being up high can be dangerous, since youíll be a target for your opponent. Consider bringing a teammate to cover your back.[12]
  2. Stay low behind cover to reduce your vulnerability. If you stand out in the open, youíre giving your opponent an easier shot. Try to keep the majority of your vest behind cover so that youíre harder to hit.[13]
    • If you have to go out into the open, stay low while youíre moving. This will make you harder to aim at, and your opponent might not even see you moving.
  3. Keep an exit route nearby if things get messy. You donít want to end up in a sticky situation with no way of getting out. When you move to a certain part of the map, try to identify where you could hide or run away before going any further.
  4. Avoid staying in one place for too long. Unless youíre intentionally defending a good position, youíll need to move often to stay safe. Itís easier for an opponent to hit a target when itís standing still, and moving a lot will make it harder for them to keep track of where you are.[14]
  5. Hide if you get shot and regain your composure. Most games of laser tag give you multiple ďlivesĒ and let you continue playing after youíve been shot. If you get hit, the odds are that youíll be removed from combat temporarily. This is a good time to find a spot to hide and catch your breath.
    • Slow your breathing while you wait and relax. This will make sure that youíre ready to move when youíre able to reenter combat!
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