These days it seems that kids would much rather play video games than actually go & play. I won't lie, I can see why since video games have come a long way since I was a kid (1st generation Nintendo & Atari girl here!) . Today they're more involving, especially the interactive ones where you can chat with other players online.But did you know that Tek Recon can basically make you feel like you're in a video game while you're actually physically playing?
Tek Recon & their line of High Performance Blasters (Hammer Head & Havok) have reinvented interactive play. These blasters shoot reusable "NRG rounds" that are coated in powder to prevent sticking (these actually remind me of the rubber bands you put on sheep to make their tails fall off), up to 75 ft! But with a simple free download of the Tek Recon app to a smartphone, it gives you the same online gaming feel.
I decided to start with the Havok since it looked more intimidating to assemble. It really wasn't after reading the directions, which actually surprised me.
First thing I noticed was that the shoulder stock was adjustable. Which is absolutely awesome since all ages can comfortably play with it that way - myself included.
I left my helper with the task of inserting the 36 "NRG rounds" that the blaster came with (holds 72 total) into the double ended clip. It took her a bit to get a good rhythm, but once she did she had them loaded in no time.
There's even a slider which allows you to choose either "distance" or "rapid" fire. I found that my helper & I both favored using the pump-action trigger vs. the actual trigger on "rapid" fore mode.
A smartphone mount easily attached to the top of the blaster & even comes with different sized spacers to help keep it in place. Just download the app & you're ready to play.
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I tried to register, but it was giving me an issue, which reminds me, I still have to go online & fix that. But I can select the "solo" mode & play without signing in. The app itself allows you to zoom in on your target, go full screen & even use the radio feature to speak with your team by using GPS technology. And all while in either night vision, infra-red, thermal or regular modes.
We haven't tried out all of the features in depth yet though. We plan on getting a few friends, more blasters (& there has to be a couple extra smartphones around here...somewhere), so that we can have a full on war outside. Although I have thought about painting all of the "NRG rounds" with glow in the dark paint so i can find them easier (LOL!). Either that or buy massive amounts of refills, which would probably be better.
See, after setting up the Havok, the Hammer Head could practically be set up with your eyes closed! (The Hammer Head comes with 15 "NRG rounds" & holds up to 25.)