Projex Review (NSI International)

Projex
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EDITOR'S REVIEW
OVERALL EDITOR'S RATING:
What It Is

The ProjeX Projecting Game Arcade is intended as a combination of old-school shooting gallery fun with low-cost modern tech. The unit is an "all in one" package featuring two light guns which plug into a base unit that not only runs the game but also projects the images that you will be targeting with its pair of LED projectors. This game comes packaged with three different types of targets, each one escalating in difficulty. These include a basic bullseye, a UFO, and (surprise!) a duck. Changing the games and number of players is a very simple effort requiring only plugging or unplugging one of the interchangeable blasters and pressing the red button (which also doubles as the unit's power button). The blue button switches between three levels of difficulty, specifically beginner, medium, and advanced.

The games themselves range from things like a simple still target moving to different spots on a wall, to the traditional "skeet" pattern, to a downward zigzagging pattern that requires the player to send it back to the top. Adding an interesting element to this game, players have approximately 3-5 shots before they need to reload, so precision is encouraged as in multiplayer games, reloads will definitely cost fledgling Master Chiefs opportunities to score points.

Speaking of precision, one of the biggest reasons why accomplishing this will be difficult is that, put simply, even in the recommended conditions of a dark room with lightly colored wall at a reasonably close distance (even going so far as to obscure the bright blue light at the base of the unit which I speculated impacted hit registration), the accuracy of the unit is not great. The low cost parts I mentioned at the start are likely the culprit: as the old saying goes, "the more things change, the more they stay the same," as even the sharper resolution and brightness offered by the LED lights (and no doubt FAR more sophisticated sensors in the unit when compared to similar types of games from older times) are still not enough to ensure more than, and this is being generous, 70-80% accuracy on the units, even under recommended circumstances.

That said, if you're comfortable with a "no frills" experience for a young child looking to spend some time away from the light of a mobile device, or a battery-operated way to kill time in a power outage, this should be a decent option.


Is It Fun?
It is a fine amusement...when it works; the high rate of inaccuracy will likely lead to many frustrating moments, however.
Who It’s For

Intended for ages 5+.

What To Be Aware Of
Requires 6 AAA batteries, not included; start up can be fussy.
AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Easy


    6 AAA batteries required