The Tek Recon Hammer Head is a new kind of battle system for kids. This basic blaster shoots reusable rings, which Tech 4 Kids calls NRG Rounds. Fill up the clip with the NRG Rounds and insert the clip into the handle. There are several options for firing. The blaster has a torque adjustment that allows you to vary the force with which the ammo is fired. Changing this setting will also change the amount of pressure needed to fire the rounds. At the higher end, the trigger is definitely much harder to pull, and you'll need both hands, especially for kids. There's also a rapid-fire pump-action option that is also controlled by the torque lever.
While the blaster is fairly innovative on its own, it also has an app for iOS and Android that can enhance the play. The blaster comes with a mount and spacers, but when you're setting it up, take extra care that your phone or iPod 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. When you're in a group play, it allows you to create teams, keep score, and communicate via walkie talkie with your other team members. You can play games such as Capture the Flag or any 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.
Overall, this is an innovative new blaster design. We wish the instructions were a little clearer, and you have to be willing to run around and pick up the rounds after you fire them, but that's true with any blaster. Re-loading is simple and quick. The app actually works because it doesn't try to do too much. It leverages what the phone is good for, communicating, and adds a dramatic interface that adds to the imaginative and/or competitive play.
The Tek Recon Hammer Head is for ages 8 and up.
We would definitely recommend this for outdoor play in an open area. While it won't create damage indoors, the NRG Rounds could easily get lost behind furniture.
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