Though laser tag began as a government program to prepare the citizenry for a robotic takeover, it was recast as a recreational game after officials confirmed that The Terminator was just a movie. Zap your way into the future with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get two games of laser tag and one hour of Underworld gaming at A New World Laser Tag in Middletown (up to a $24.50 value).
A New World unfurls its ultramodern laser tag arena across 7,000 square feet of murky terrain and tactical refuges. Atmospheric tunes fill the air as combatants volley their laser bolts across the arena’s cavernous corridors and black-lit fluorescence, cautiously traversing an ominous, all-encompassing mist purloined from London’s native fog factories. Photon-firers can rack up extra points by training their laser on the opposing team’s blinking bases, then duck behind temporary shields and widespread laser sprays when cornered by encroaching competitors. Blasters aged 3 and up can be fitted with the game’s featherweight vests, and a cozy lobby ensconces loungers amid reclining couches and an on-site arcade alight with 30 diverse games, air hockey, and a pool table.
Warriors looking to eschew artillery for electronics can descend into A New World’s Underworld Gaming area, a digital cornucopia festooned with 12 high-performance gaming PCs. Joystickers can mash their way across a multitude of gaming consoles, including a trio of Xbox 360s, two PS3s, and a pair of Wiis. High-definition 40-inch LCDTVs submerse guests completely in the video game, even more so than if they woke up in a castle filled with angry, hammer-throwing turtles.
Though New World Laser Tag sometimes features discounted prices online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.