- Tek Recon Havok from Tech 4 Kids
- We recommend this product for ages 8 and up
What It Is
The Tek Recon Havok is a new style of blaster that shoots reusable rings, which Tech 4 Kids calls "NRG rounds". Fill the rings into the clip and then insert the clip into the handle. You have several options for firing. The trigger has a torque adjustment that allows you to vary the speed and distance of each shot. Changing the setting will vary the speed and force with which the NRG rounds are fired. At the higher end, the trigger is definitely much harder to pull, so you'll need both hands. There's also a rapid-fire pump-action option, which is also controlled by the torque level.
While the blaster is fairly innovative on its own, it also has an app for iOS or Android that can enhance the play. The blaster comes with a mount and spacers, but when you're setting it up, take extra care to make sure your phone is firmly seated in the mount. You can leave the case on your phone, which is highly recommended. The app adds a viewfinder and different views in solo play, and when you're in a group play, it allows you to create teams, keep score, and communicate via walkie-talkie with your teammates. You can play games such as Capture the Flag and others that you devise. You can also track your teammates on the simulated radar screen when you're all connected. There are several blasters in the Tek Recon line, and the app lets you select which one you have.
Is It Fun?
Overall, this is an innovative new blaster design. The app actually works because it doesn't try to do too much. It leverages what the phone is good for, communication, and adds a dramatic interface that enhances the imaginative or competitive play of the blaster.
Who It’s For
The Tek Recon Havok is for ages 8 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
We would definitely recommend this for outdoor play in an open space. While it won't create damage indoors, the NRG rounds could easily become lost behind furniture, for example.