Until invisible musical chairs and tennis refereed by sentient, bloodthirsty robots armed with sharpened two-by-fours are perfected, laser tag will remain the safest futuristic recreational activity. Fire laser beams without risking damage to your subatomic particles with today's Groupon: for $10, you get four 15-minute games of laser tag at XP Laser Sport (a $24 value), with locations in Laurel and Reisterstown. Reservations are recommended on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Named one of the top 10 laser arenas by lasertagguy.com, XP Laser Sport provides a battlefield for playing strategic laser games in a foggy, futuristic setting. With this deal, you'll get two 45-minute sessions, which each include two 15-minute games plus a 15-minute pre-match strategy briefing in which each laser squadron can formulate a plan to figure out how to capture the opposing team's fortress—an easy task if your team is led by Dennis Franz. Dodge concentrated laser protons from opposing astro-soldiers as you maneuver through a foggy, dark arena, then fire beams at your enemy's deflector shields. XP Laser Sport's variety of computer modes allows gamers to play in different settings throughout the games. "Force Field" mode makes players impervious to tags when not firing their phaser, while "Super Rapid-Fire" mode grants players the ability to rattle off beams at lightning speeds.
Open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, XP Laser Sport offers a clever alternative date idea to the same old dinner and an x-ray. As infrared-competitors need to briskly move around the arena, it's also an action-packed way to burn calories. Tell a friend about today's deal or challenge an enemy to a laser duel by slapping him with a Nintendo Power Glove.
All four games must be played during the same visit.
XP LaserSport/Frontal Assault
This sort of deft dodging is required at the 5,000-square-foot arena in Owings Mills. Teams compete in one of ten missions during each game of Frontal Assault tactical laser tag, which are inspired by popular video games such as Call of Duty and Battlefield.
The snack bar at XP Laser Sport reenergizes players with Polar Shock slushies and personal pizzas. Meanwhile, windmills, loops, and carousels obstruct the path of LED mini-golf balls tumbling down the nine-hole indoor course. The facility's projection screens broadcast the latest angry faces of professional sports coaches, and two 25-foot screens let up to eight guests compete in Xbox 360 games such as Mortal Kombat.