Nerf Laser Ops Pro Deltaburst Review (Hasbro)

Nerf Laser Ops Pro Deltaburst
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EDITOR'S REVIEW
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What It Is

Nerf Laser Ops is revolutionizing home laser tag systems with levels of play and sophistication that are truly breakthrough. It goes way beyond typical laser tag systems, and it accomplishes that at a very competitive value.

The Nerf Laser Ops Deltaburst is the largest blaster in the system. It's reminiscent of other Nerf blasters, and it's very well balanced for its size and easy to use even by young players, which is pretty much what you'd expect from Nerf. The tagging is accomplished by infrared (IR) beams, like your television remote.

The Deltaburst blaster takes 6 AA batteries. After you've installed them, turn on the power, select indoor or outdoor play, and you're ready to go.

Choose the mode in which you want to play by hitting the reload button on the bottom of the stock to cycle through your options. You'll see the color in the indicator on the top of the blaster. Purple is free-for-all, or you can choose to play as the red team or the blue team. This is great for multiple players. Once you've selected your play mode, pull the trigger to start the game. Then, get moving.

Since you're tagging the blaster, rather than other players, you have to be quick and strategic. Your goal is to hit the red receiver dome on the top of your opponent's blaster, and you'll see it light up when you score a hit. You'll be able to see your health and ammo levels from the LCD screen on the back of the blaster. When you're out of ammo or health, hit the reload button to set yourself up again. You'll be able to see the health and ammo levels in the screen on the top of the blaster. If you run out of either, hit the reload button to reset.

Great as it is, the blaster is only the beginning of what you can do. Download the free Laser Pro app to really unlock all the play this system delivers. The app works with select iOS and Android devices. When you open the app, you can connect your blaster to it by bluetooth. You'll name your blaster from the pre-selected list. There's a lot going on here, too, and the app introduces a feature we've never seen in laser tag before--solo play.

Attach your phone to the blaster with the solo attachment and the armband, and start it up. Using augmented reality, you are engaged in a dramatic solo first-person video game play as you try to take out attacking drones on increasingly difficult levels, which in turn unlock more features in your basic blaster.

For team play, choose the multiplayer option. You can pull together as many as 64 players in one game lobby, identify teams and choose the length of the game. And, not all players need to have a smart device in order to play. For those who do, put the armband on the opposite arm than where you're holding the blaster, and you're ready to go.

There is a lot more to this, and Hasbro promises more upgrades and innovations. To start out this is a rich laser tag experience that delivers a great play experience powered by elegant technology and an excellent value...and that's pretty amazing.

Is It Fun?

For fans of laser tag, this is the best system we've seen yet. By combining great technology and outstanding gameplay, this is a rich experience, and while the blasters are great on their own, the app really adds fun dimension to the play.

We particularly like the app feature that leaves players disabled after they've been hit a number of times, and the ability to set the length of games. Plus, you won't get any arguments about who was hit or not; the app knows everything.

The solo play element is a terrific innovation. The game is fun, and it allows you to upgrade your blaster, giving kids a reason to play, even if they can't get other players at any given time.

Who It’s For

Nerf Laser Ops Pro is intended for kids ages 8 years and up.

We think that it will appeal to any laser tag fan who is looking for an outstanding play experience. We can definitely see this appealing to older kids, college students and even adults.

What To Be Aware Of

In play testing, parents were happy that the play requires kids to tag the blasters not each other.

The armband can be a little awkward to put on, you may need help from a friend, but once attached, it's very stable. As always, there's an element of risk when you use a device in active play, but this one works very well. The silicone-like construction is stretchy secure and comfortable. It fits a wide variety of devices. When you put your device in, be careful of where the straps hit the buttons, and make sure that it's tightly connected before playing. There is always an element of risk involved when playing with a device in this way. We were able to attach our phones with the protective covers on.

The app works with select Android devices and iPhone 6 or later.

Alphapoint blasters are sold individually or in two-pack sets.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy


    6 AA batteries required