Paintball is a lot like chess in that both require complex strategizing and both are almost impossible to win against autonomous robots. Square off against athletic non-androids with today's Groupon: for $24, you get all-day paintball admission to open-play games (an $18 value), marker and goggle rental (a $15 value), and two 140-round tubes of paintballs (a $16 value) at CPX Sports in Joliet (a $49 total value).
CPX Sports arms each paintballer with a Tippmann custom 98 semi-automatic marker with anti-chop technology before immersing them in a variety of battlegrounds for safe, high-adrenaline play. Navigate the auto graveyard of the Wastelands, duck behind giant stone Olmec heads in the Jungle of Doom, and hold down the wooden pike fortress of Fort Courage. Two tubes of professional-grade premium Marballizer paintballs allow acrylic warriors to leave their enemies, best friends, or best-frenemy-coworkers decimated in a splatter of color. General admission includes all-day CO2 and HP air fills and all-day open play with friends and friendly strangers.
Must be at least 10 years old to play. Those younger than 18 must have a signed waiver.
A hailstorm of paint projectiles rains down upon CPX Sports' more than one dozen fields, each of which poses different challenges and requires specialized tactics. The crown jewel of the park is the Town of Bedlam, a massive maze of small-town 1950s buildings that jut out between streets dotted by paint-splattered cars and streetlights. There, snipers poke their heads out of the central city hall's tower as the opposing team hides out or checks for abandoned shampoo samples inside the post office. The Jungle of Doom drops teams into a heavily wooded field to vie for control of a central temple, and chromatic combatants weave between desiccated cars in the Wastelands, attempting to collect the most gas cans. A full pro shop outfits players with markers, protective gear, and Sesame Street coloring books for target practice.