Diving behind a stack of paint-splattered tires on the speedball field, the player catches his breath before unleashing fire on an opponent, who peeks out from behind a wooden spool. Next, they weave through brush-lined trails and take aim from lean-tos on the castle course or crawl through the tubes that throng the hyperball field. Before they commence these bouts on one of Brazos Splat Games' five fields, however, guests shield themselves in protective goggles and ready their semiautomatic markers in the netted staging area. Trained referees oversee 15- to 30-minute games that rotate through a variety of scenarios including Capture the Flag, Elimination, and Name That Rembrandt.
Tank's Paintball Park has hosted chromatic combatants in the Houston area for more than 17 years. It recently added a Sugarland paintball complex, which covers 29 acres of woodland. There's even a central creek, which can act as a strategic border or a place for cheaters looking to wash paint from their clothes. Casual players can take advantage of rental equipment for open games, and there are buckets of field paint to help keep veteran players' markers topped off. The field also offers SplatMaster games, which employ special, low-impact markers so kids up to the age of 12 can explore the sport.
"The Zombie Apocalypse has hit," bellows TX Zombie Hunt, "and you are recruited." Luckily, this isn't a matter of life or death, just a matter of zapping the undead with 100 rounds of zombie-killing serum from the back of a tractor-pulled trailer. As the trailer weaves through the dark woods, the hunt is on. Passengers will move through thick fog filled with strobe lights and blood-soaked zombies before taking their shot. Back at the headquarters, youngsters can get in on the action in the Kids Zone, which includes a spooky jumping house and a face painter.
Tank’s Paintball Park ensures safe battles for beginner and advanced gunsmiths with referees certified by the World Paintball Federation, safety briefings, netting around the fields, and thorough marker testing before each round. After snipers strap on protective gear, Tank's constantly evolving fields host play with frequent upgrades that generate new experiences for returning clientele and prevent debilitating battle flashbacks. A covered staging area accommodates more than 100 visitors between sessions with comfy chairs and benches as well as concessions and a snow cone stand for pregame or postgame energy boosts. Back at the headquarters, Tank’s pro shop stocks players' arsenals with paintball essentials such as goggles and vests that allow fearless ambushes and midbattle fashion shows.
Equipped with obstacles for speedball, hyperball, and woodsball players alike, Splatterhouse Paintball’s ten fields unfold across more than 25 acres of diverse game-playing terrain. Armed with a top-of-the-line rental marker, combatants duck behind wooden spools and tire stacks, navigate their way through a one-story house in the woods, or brave the open space of Nottingham. Under the watchful eyes of trained referees, players duke it out during private weekday games and walk-on matches that last from morning to nightfall every Saturday and Sunday. Splatterhouse Paintball’s games are designed with guests 10 and up in mind, though nine-year-old visitors can play if accompanied by a guardian during the match.
Paintballs whisper through the air, splattering against castle walls and trees on 10 distinct fields at TxR Paintball. Shouts from teammates drift among obstacles on courses simulating a submarine or a pipe-strewn oil field, and different game strategies encourage players to fire at one another, capture a rival's flag, or protect their clothesline before a job interview. Each game is refereed by an official versed in the game's intricacies, keeping the sessions fair, safe, and friendly.
Outside of normal weekend play, the facility offers 8- and 26-hour scenario games, which submerges players in battles from famous movies or video games. Safely out of the range of the biodegradable projectiles, patrons at a fully stocked snack bar swap war stories or excuses for having a bag full of white flags.