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Last updated: September 6, 2023
Released in 2018, the Nerf Laser Ops Pro home laser tag concept was Nerf’s latest attempt to breathe life into the concept of smartphone laser tag.
While I personally have my reservations about playing laser tag with smartphones, Nerf Laser Ops Pro is a surprisingly fun laser tag set.
In this review, I am diving deeper into the features of Laser Ops Pro and will reveal how it stacks up against other popular products in this genre.
But I will tell you now that Laser Ops Pro is included in my list of best home laser tag sets on the market today.
You can purchase Nerf Laser Ops Pro on Amazon.
A Bit of History
Famous for their foam shooting blasters, Nerf released the Laser Ops Pro home laser tag set in the middle of 2018. It is the successor to the Nerf laser tag series known as Lazer Tag.
The Phoenix LTX Tagger from 2008 was the most popular laser tag blaster in that Lazer Tag series. This product is still available for purchase on Amazon, even though it’s been around for such a long time.
That goes to show that the Phoenix LTX was, and still is, one of the best home laser tag blasters ever made. Boom, big call, but that’s what I honestly think.
If you’d like to know more about this blaster, check out my review of Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX for all the details.
About Smartphone Laser Tag
Laser tag and smartphones are a difficult combination. Smartphones evolve continuously, and that new iPhone you bought yesterday will be outdated tomorrow. Not to mention all the different brands and models.
Smartphone laser tag guns and their apps will need to evolve continuously with that smartphone market, otherwise they will end up being outdated and incompatible.
Playing laser tag with smartphones can also be risky, especially when augmented reality is involved. Imagine running around on the streets or in the park while continuously looking at your phone screen.
The other reason I don’t like smartphone/augmented reality laser tag is that I’m just a bit old school. The fun of laser tag is shooting each other without all the unnecessary tech. You grab a laser tag gun and start scoring points by tagging your enemy. Simple and fun.
Nerf Laser Ops Pro
The Laser Ops Pro series consists of two blasters:
- The AlphaPoint:
A smaller pistol-style blaster.
- The DeltaBurst:
A sniper rifle type blaster.
They are purchased separately, but obviously, they can work together in a home laser tag battle. It’s no surprise that there are a lot of similarities between the two blasters, which I’ll cover below.
With both blasters, you can use a smartphone (iOS or Android) + app to enhance your laser tag battle experience.
The Smartphone Aspect
Let’s get one important thing out of the way. You don’t actually need a phone to play with these blasters. Using a smartphone + app is 100% optional. You can play a full-on home laser tag battle with Laser Ops Pro without using mobile phones.
This is great and also a clever business move, in my opinion, and keeps old-school people like me happy.
You can either attach your smartphone to your arm or wrist via the armband, or attach it to the front of the blaster with the phone mount.
The app allows for single-player and multi-player battles and is quite intuitive to set up. In multi-player mode, you can differentiate between single-device and all-device. This means that not all players need to have a smartphone. Using single-device mode means that all blasters in the battle will sync to that one smartphone via Bluetooth technology.
In all-device mode, all players in the battle will need to have a smartphone with the app installed. In other words, it’s either one person or all players using a device. There’s no middle road.
Using all-device mode, each device syncs to an assigned master device, which means that one player is essentially the host of the game.
The app is relatively easy to use and tracks the duration of the game and the scores of each player. It does add great value to the game, but as mentioned, it’s purely optional.
1. AlphaPoint Blaster
The AlphaPoint blaster is the smaller of the two blasters available in the Nerf Laser Ops Pro series, and it is a semi-automatic pistol-style blaster. It comes with an instructions manual, a rubber armband, and a mount attachment to hold your smartphone. The AlphaPoint requires 4 AA alkaline batteries, which are not included.
The laser beams come out of the barrel at the front. The laser beams are infra-red, which means you can’t actually see them, and they are perfectly safe. Located above the barrel is the target receiver, which registers hits against you. This also means you don’t have to wear any vests to play laser tag with Nerf Laser Ops Pro.
It’s important to point out here that you don’t need sniper skills to be able to hit that small target. Don’t ask me how it works, but it’s actually quite easy to score points. I’m guessing that the blasters emit very wide laser beams, making it easy to hit the target receiver.
Overall, using the blaster is a pretty straightforward process. Pressing the power button at the back of the blaster activates the device. You then have to select the team you want to be in; purple, red, or green. Choosing the purple color essentially means free for all, shoot anyone you like, no teams. Choosing red or green means you can only shoot players with the other color.
Firing is simply a matter of pulling the trigger. There’s no need to prime like you’d have to do with conventional Nerf blasters. An indicator at the top of the blaster tells you how much ammo you have left, in addition to a health status. But running out of ammo is not a big drama. All you need to do is reload via the button at the bottom of the blaster, and you can continue chasing and shooting your enemies. It’s just a fun element.
Like with other home laser tag guns, there are lots of sounds you will need to get used to. Each action will have its own sound, which can be helpful in better understanding what’s going on. The sounds cannot be turned off or down, so it is a matter of getting used to.
2. DeltaBurst Blaster
The sniper rifle style DeltaBurst blaster comes packaged with the blaster itself, an instructions manual, a rubber armband, and a phone mount that can be attached to the front of the blaster. The DeltaBurst requires 6 AA alkaline batteries, which are not included.
The DeltaBurst essentially works the same as the AlphaPoint blaster; it’s just a different type of gun. Because of that, the various buttons are located in different spots. The indicator also works a bit differently in that it tells you in numbers how much ammo you have left, as opposed to using colors with the AlphaPoint.
Both blasters work amazingly well as laser tag guns. But not just that, Nerf has tried its best to make them look cool. And they’ve succeeded in that. Both the AlphaPoint and DeltaBurst have great looks, which is important.
Also worth noting is that both blasters have an advertised firing range of 220 feet or 68 meters. This is pretty impressive, but I don’t think you’d ever need it.
I like Nerf Laser Ops Pro, and I would say it’s one of the better laser tag sets you can get your hands on. Both blasters in the series work well and don’t have any significant flaws that are worth mentioning.
As someone who is not at all a fan of the concept of laser tag with smartphones, I do like the app and how it’s designed to work with the blasters. I still wouldn’t use the app, but that’s only because I’m old school.
If you’re like me and you’re not looking for a smartphone laser tag set, you can still go for Nerf Laser Ops Pro. The app really is 100% optional, and the blasters are just as awesome without using Bluetooth and mobile devices.
|Nerf Laser Ops Pro
|The Nerf Laser Ops Pro home laser tag concept is Nerf’s latest attempt to breathe life into the concept of smartphone laser tag. The blasters (AlphaPoint and DeltaBurst) have an ergonomic design and are easy to use. While the app certainly adds great features, using smartphones is entirely optional. Overall, the Laser Ops Pro blasters perform well, are quite robust, and are reasonably priced.
|4.4 (out of 5)