With the recent craze for extreme group activities such as paintballing, go karting and even quad biking, good old laser quest seemed to have been forgotten, or worse still marketed as one just for the kids… until now. Trundling along to Xscape Braehead’s Laser Station with five twenty-something friends in tow, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the recently refurbished laser arena, but was quietly impressed by the attentive arcade staff whose promises of free t-shirts and foot-tall Slush Puppies after our games had us excited before we had even set foot in Mission Control!
Heading upstairs we passed through the party zone, which has just had its walls freshly painted with Matrix characters, by a professional Glasgow graffiti artist. Cool as the area is, a full-on laser birthday party might be more fun for your younger brothers and sisters, but our two games of laser tag were more than suited to the biggest kids in town. Splitting into three teams of two for our first round, we had the run of the arena, which is easily spacious enough to accommodate large parties of twenty or more players. The creepy space age tunes and mazes of corridors had us getting into character in no time, and my red team managed to come second, despite everyone’s previous claims of my horrendous shooting ability.
Round two had our competitive streaks reaching fever pitch as we split into two teams: Girls v Guys. Of course, the ladies reigned supreme, causing much grumbling and claims of match fixing from our male counterparts.
As we were on Xscape’s excellent value combo ticket, a snip at just £14.99 per player, we headed to the dodgems for two rounds of wacky races. Cruising past signs for Las Vegas and California, this was easily my favourite part of the evening, although that may be because driving any vehicle is a novelty when you still don’t have your license…
Last, but by no means least, we headed to the XD Experience. A 6D simulator, it offers six different choices of adventure, with our group plumping for the Canyon Coaster. 3D specs and seat belts on, we travelled through dusty mountains on the most exhilarating ride of our lives- all without the fear of throwing up, although one member of our party was genuinely terrified throughout. Unbeknown to us, our entire adventure was streamed to passers by on screens outside the XD theatre, screams and all- perhaps bear this in mind during your visit!
So next time you’re looking for something different to do, be it a damp Thursday night or a quiet Sunday, grab a group of mates and head to Xscape. Our combo ticket included two games of laser tag, two shots on the dodgems and one ride on the XD Experience, all for just £14.99 each, but there is also a £9.99 deal which includes one go at each activity. There are also 2 for 1 offers every Wednesday.
For more information and opening hours visit the Xscape website here