I’ve not played any type of laser games since I was about 14. I remember it well. There used to be a venue in Gillingham, Kent. We’d save up our pocket money to spend a short time running around shooting each other with laser guns, under the watchful eye of black light. Glowing in the dark, forgetting there was an outside world, we would be fully immersed in taking each other’s base out of action and the opponents with it.
As an adult, you’d think this wouldn’t appeal any more. How wrong you’d be. Enter one of my longest-serving friends and her 34th birthday. She organised a birthday party for us all to attend at the newly opened Battle Sector X on Medway City Estate, Rochester.
On arrival, we were greeted warmly and our party dinner order was taken. The choices were as expected for a kids’ party, a variety of burgers, a hot dog or chicken nuggets.
We were then taken into the briefing room, where we were told we should not run, climb, swear or assault each other. Fair enough. It is only a game after all. I’m pretty sure I heard a couple of naughty words come out of my friends’ mouths as I ambushed them from my hiding place. But we’ll keep that a secret.
We played three different games, all had different objectives and involved different tactics. You get a break to relax (and cool off) between games. Plus there was also two choices of (unlimited) squash to quench our thirst.
In between game two and three, we were served our party food. I had gone for the grown up choice of chicken nuggets and chips with lashings of ketchup. I did feel like I was small again. It suited the mood perfectly.
Refuelled with vast quantities of blackcurrant squash and ketchup-smeared nuggets, I made my way into the final game. We had been joined by some of the local youth, who had also booked a game. Our group split into two separate teams and set about taking down the youth party.
Clearly the youth of today have the jump on us 30-somethings in today’s laser games. We battled valiantly and didn’t get beaten too badly – they also had one extra player than us! Look at me making the excuses.
On the conclusion of our final game we were greeted at our party table with some lovely party bags to take home. Awesome!
Laser games are a great idea for a birthday party, whether you are a kid or a big kid.
So if you are looking for a stress-free venue for a party in the Kent area. I’d urge you to have a look. I think we’ll all be going back for another game or two. Party or no party. They really looked after us, even sneaking up on the birthday girl with a candle-topped cupcake. Bad singing ensued from all.
The full party package, including three games, food, drink and a party bag is £14 per person. You can also book one game for £7 or two for £10. I think this also would be a lot of fun with my work colleagues for a ‘team building day’. Bring on the laser games!
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