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 SR-12 Rogue is a stand-alone blaster that integrates into the Recoil system. It's larger than those available in the starter set and looks more rifle-like. The blasters look good, and when you start shooting, you can feel it is 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 blaster has a few additional features, including a button that you can push to talk to other players and a reload button you can press whenever you're out of ammo.
Once everything is screwed together and batteried, you'll need to download the free Recoil app from the Apple or Android stores. Once loaded, and you have your phone nested in your blaster, you're ready to play.
WiFi enabled Laser Tag combined with a first person shooter video game that comes to life? Yes. This is tremendous fun when it works as it's supposed to, which is not always the case.
With an age grading of 12 years and up, this is a great way to integrate a smartphone into active play, getting kids out of the house and active while having a ton of fun. It's also designed for kids and adults who like laser tag and first person shooters. Due and due to the likelihood of running while playing, it's most suited for people in their teens to 20s, as well as those in pretty good physical condition.
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.
Additionally, 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.
One other thing to know is that this blaster uses six AA batteries that aren't included, so factor this in before you get ready to play. And, in order to play at all, you'll need the starer set or a friend who has it. Without it, you can't connect to a game through the WiFi hub, and the blaster is nice to have, but essentially useless.
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