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 Terminator was just a movie. Ready yourself for the cyborg uprising with today’s Groupon to LaserNation in Sterling or Ultrazone in Baltimore. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get two all-night passes, good for unlimited play between 8 p.m. and midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings (a $24 value).
- For $22, you get two all-day passes, good for up to four hours of unlimited play (a $50 value).
The themed arenas at UltraZone and LaserNation beguile thrill-seekers with fog-filled passageways and black lights as they battle up to 45 other players in capture-the-flag laser tag. After receiving necessary info about rules and equipment in the theater-style briefing room, laser-lobbers enter the venue’s vesting room, where they receive their livery and arms. Colorful beams of light crisscross the expansive arena, and surrounding black lights illuminate foes foolish enough to wear snowman costumes. Safely send laser beams careening toward friends and animate mannequins alike during the 30-minute games, which include about 15 minutes of instructive time. Daring players mix in with groups of fellow flag-finders, encouraging visitors to making new friends with laser-lovers other than their optometrist.
Ultrazone Laser Tag in Baltimore
Ultrazone Laser Tag might be familiar to fans of The Real World, whose cast members—fed up with drama—blew off steam by ducking colorful laser beams in the sprawling multilevel arena's fog-filled maze. There's enough space for 45 vest-clad players to face off at one time, and plasma monitors let the next wave watch the game as they eagerly await their turn. The expansive recreation center also hosts sleepover parties that grant exclusive overnight use of the laser-tag facilities, the plasma-screen theater, and the room that's inexplicably full of doorknobs. Outside the arena, an arcade keeps synapses ablaze with video games, air hockey, and golf simulators, supplemented with slices of Papa John's pizza from the cafe.