Like hair removal, etching a poem on the moon, and luring kittens into calendar shoots, playing tag is easiest with lasers. Smack a friend with pure, untarnished light with today's Groupon: for $5, you get a $10 gift certificate to Stratum Lasertag in Mesa.
Stratum's 13,000-square-foot Best of Greater Phoenix laser arena houses 90 towers, a series of bridges, and copious ramps—allowing the trigger-happiest trigger-fingers to weaponize their knowledge of geometry as they target the receptive laser vests of unsuspecting vest-wearers from unexpected angles. The same EME Entertainment designers who created Universal Studios Japan in Japan designed Stratum's intensive 15-level laser-tag venue. With a decibel-defying and entirely immersive sound system, radiant light show, and black-hole time-travel simulator, Stratum offers a laser-tagging Iliad where stealth, teamwork, and pinpoint accuracy can transform a mere laser foot-soldier into an intergalactic Achilles. You can buy multiple Groupons in one go to satisfy single-session ($7.99) laser-cravings or take up one of the facility's special unlimited play events (from $17.99).
Following your intensive round of strategic ducking, hiding, and cosmic commando raids, Stratum further galvanizes a day of entertaining escape with Dance Dance Revolution Extreme, Time Crisis 3, racing games, skee-ball, and all the classic token-grabbers a child of any age can enjoy at Arcade Alley. The cuddly lasers of Stratum Lasertag emit the perfect levels of nostalgic radiation to send any gamer's organic heart back to a more-innocent time of blacktop antics when tag was still played with hurled bottles and catapulted boulders.
The Phoenix New Times named Stratum Lasertag the Best Place to Disintegrate Your Friends in 2008, and Metromix Phoenix recommends it as one of 10 Places to Act Like a Kid. Three Insider Pagers give the laser galaxy an average of four stars, while six Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average.
Stratum Laser Tag
At Stratum Laser Tag, light warriors leap and duck while toting phasers in an arena with 15 different levels and 90 towers, bridges, and ramps. Designed by the EME Entertainment group, who designed Universal Studios Japan, the arena bathes warriors in the flickering of strobe lights and the neon glow of black lights as they ascend ramps and blast at one another from different angles. Throughout the space, murals of black holes, outer space, and alien creatures set the mood for bouts of intergalactic fun. In between laser bouts, players can refuel at the concession area or keep trigger fingers nimble with a stint in the arcade room. Stratum Laser Tag outfits participants with laser-tag vests and phasers during birthday parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, graduation celebrations, and team-building events.