The 1984 Strategic Defensive Initiative—code-named Star Wars — sought to relieve nuclear tensions by establishing an international laser-tag league and rebranding the United Nations as the Jedi Council. Continue the peace-making process with today’s Groupon: for $16, you get a one-year membership to Laser Tag of Baton Rouge (a $32.70 value, including tax). Each membership includes:
- Three free game credits
- $1 off the single-game price of $5.25 (plus tax) for all subsequent games
- Access to the members-only statistical terminal
- Access to special discount events
- A personalized code name on the results monitor
- A photo-ID card
Laser Tag of Baton Rouge lavishes young warriors with a dual-level, 21,000-square-foot laser-tag arena that harbors a bevy of battle zones and hidden shooting areas. Laser taggers suit up in flashing vests and declare war on their red or green counterparts for seven minutes of futuristic sharpshooting and competitive jazz dancing. Backlit by strobes, lasers, and the glow of the arena’s starship-themed structures, up to 44 soldiers duke it out until the pulse-pounding music stops and their scores flash on the results monitor. As members leave a trail of scorched chest packs and imaginary aliens in their wake, their personalized monikers will climb up the screen and strike terror into their enemies.
Cease-fires may not last long, as first-come, first-served games begin every 10 minutes on normal days and every 20 minutes when birthday parties are fully booked. Along with this constant stream of laser-tagging action, members enjoy access to an exclusive statistical terminal, a personalized photo-ID, a host of discounted events throughout the year, and instructions on how to synchronize their laser bursts to Led Zeppelin songs.
Laser Tag of Baton Rouge
Clouds of fog roll through darkened halls, concealing mercenaries tracking their target’s movement. Before their trap can be sprung, the unthinkable happens: their vests begin to vibrate as a giggling child yells, "Got you!" Laser Tag of Baton Rouge's family-friendly laser-tag sessions thrust players 46 inches and taller into similar faux combat, peppered with flashing lights and thumping music. Players race through a 7,500-square-foot multilevel arena brandishing Gen 6 laser-tag weapons that dole out precise shots and automated score updates. Special scenarios challenge players to work cooperatively toward a shared goal; for instance, in the Fugitive mission, one or two targets must escape a group intent on their capture.
Between bouts inside the arena, players can test their gaming skills at the center's arcade, which is filled with contemporary and classic machines. Each game is outfitted with the Power Play system, a swipe-card-and-sensor combo that tracks remaining game credits, relieving players from the hassle of endlessly fishing for quarters. The arcade also leads to an observation deck that looks onto the laser-tag arena, giving spectators a giant's-eye view of the combat below. Of course, all that gaming is likely to build up an appetite. Pizza, pickles, nachos, and more are available from the Family Fun Center Cafe, a casual dining area.