One of the older but still very successful home laser tag sets currently on the market is the Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-pack.
First released in 2008 as part of the Nerf Lazer Tag series, the Phoenix LTX blasters are sophisticated yet easy-to-use laser tag guns, equipped with great features.
In this review I am walking through the main features of this popular set and reveal what I like and don’t like about it.
The Lazer Tag Brand
The Nerf Lazer Tag brand was originally created by American toy company Worlds of Wonder. In 1990, when Worlds of Wonder ceased operations, the Lazer Tag brand was acquired by product invention company Shoot the Moon, and later licensed to toy manufacturer Tiger Electronics.
In 1998, Tiger Electronics was acquired by Hasbro (owner of the Nerf brand) and as a result the Lazer Tag brand became part of the Nerf line of products.
Various laser tag blasters have been produced ever since the Lazer Tag brand was introduced in the 1980’s, with the Phoenix LTX, first released in 2008, perhaps one of the most successful models.
The Lazer Tag series was officially discontinued in 2012, with Nerf releasing a brand new series of laser tag blasters called Laser Ops in that same year. Check out my review of the Laser Ops Pro blasters for more information.
The interesting thing is that despite the fact that the Nerf Lazer Tag series has officially retired, the Phoenix LTX set is still available for purchase on Amazon. You can’t buy them in stores anymore, but on Amazon they are still going strong.
Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-Pack Features
Time to get into the fun part. Let’s go through the top features and characteristics of the Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-Pack home laser tag set.
1. Game Mode
Before starting a laser tag battle, players need to choose between different game mode settings. The options to choose from are solo and team play.
Solo basically means free-for-all, everyone plays for him or herself, battling against everyone else to determine the winner.
Team mode lets you play laser tag in different teams. You can’t accidentally tag your team mates and the team with the most hits wins. Teams can consist of be multiple players and cannot be changed during play.
It’s worth pointing out that you can buy multiple Phoenix LTX sets and all blasters can be used in the same laser tag battle.
2. Indoor / Outdoor Switch
The other thing you need to do before starting a battle is choosing between an indoor or outdoor game. That’s right, you can play laser tag indoors as well as outside in the park with this laser tag set.
For example, when playing outdoors you will need a further range, which is what the outdoor option delivers.
3. Light and Sound Effects
Home laser tag guns often come with over the top sound effects, to a point where they get annoying. With Nerf Phoenix LTX the sound effects are actually pretty cool, and certainly not over the top.
Each registered hit comes with light, sound and vibration effects, which makes it easier for all players to understand what’s going on during combat. There’s even a recoil effect which makes the game even more realistic.
It’s also worth pointing out that the Phoenix LTX taggers are generally a bit heavier and larger than a lot of the other home laser tag guns you can buy online. For smaller children this may be an issue, but personally I find these blasters quite ergonomic.
4. Ammo Indicator and Strength Switch
An ammo indicator on the blaster keeps you up to date on your ammunition levels. When you’ve run out of ammunition, simply press the power core release button and put it back into the blaster. Once that’s done you’re fully loaded again and you can continue the battle.
The strength switch is something different. This setting indicates how many times a player can be hit before being eliminated. The available options are 10 or 25 lives, which cannot be changed during play.
For larger teams it makes sense to choose the 25 setting, as players will get hit more often. If it’s a one against one battle, choosing 10 may be the preferred option, as otherwise games may go on for too long.
5. Shield Activation
A cool feature is the the shield activation button, which allows you to protect yourself from being tagged for a certain amount of time. The drawback is that you cannot tag your enemies either.
Shield activation is a strategic feature. For example, if you’re surrounded by enemies it would be a smart move to activate your protective shield as this will allow you to escape the situation. Keep in mind though that you can’t use shield activation too many times, so used it wisely.
One major drawback of the Phoenix LTX set is that each blaster needs 6 AA batteries to operate. Which means you’re going to have to purchase 12 AA batteries when buying this home laser tag set. That’s right, these blasters are very energy thirsty.
On a positive note, the batteries actually last very long. So it’s only the initial investment of 12 batteries that hurts a little, but you won’t have to worry about having to buy new batteries for a long time after that.
Also note that a screwdriver is required to insert and lock in the batteries.
As mentioned, the Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX home laser tag set is still available on Amazon and seems to be quite a popular model.
Even though this model has been around for quite some time, it can still compete with the newer models. In fact, Phoenix LTX in my opinion outperforms a lot of these newer, cheaper laser tag sets in many ways.
Do I recommend this home laser tag set? Yes, I absolutely do. If only because it may soon become a collector’s item, and if you’re a laser tag fanatic like me then it’s awesome to have a broad collection of laser tag guns at home.
|Review||Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX|
|Summary||First released in 2008, the Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-pack is a set ot two easy-to-use home laser tag guns equipped with a wide range of features. Despite the fact that this model has been around for quite some time, it can still easily compete with other, newer home laser tag guns.|
|Rating||4.5 (out of 5)|