My sons are big fans of Nerf guns, or blasters as they are known. They already own a couple of the blasters, although I am really not a fan of guns! However whilst shopping on the Argos site before Christmas I spotted a Nerf product that I thought looked brilliant!
The Nerf tech target as it is called is a round electronic plastic target, designed for you to aim your Nerf blaster and test your accuracy. I was really hopeful that once my boys had this target they would no longer use each other as targets! Not only that but this toy was half price at £14.99.
What you get for your money.
Inside the large cardboard box is a round plastic target, a small stumpy looking blaster, 3 whistler darts and an instruction leaflet. The target requires 3 AA batteries and these are not included. Nerf products are made by Hasbro and have the safety kite mark. The information on the box recommends this target for ages 6 and up. The target measures 33 cm in width, 9.2 cm in depth and is 38.7 cm high.
On first inspection I was a little disappointed in the cheap looking plastic target. There is a hole on the back to enable you to fix the target to a wall, but you would need to drill a nail into the wall. We use the target on our landing with the boys firing from the bottom of the stairs.
The batteries are safely enclosed in a screw down box at the back of the target. The target has been used almost on a daily basis since Christmas and the batteries are still going strong.
Once the batteries are in place the target can be switched on via the switch located at the front of the target. There are three games to choose from and these are accessed via the mode button next to the on/off switch.
The gun; or reflex blaster in Nerf speak, is a small stumpy looking affair. It does appear well made and doesn't need batteries like the other Nerf guns we have. It is loaded by pulling back the top of the gun and placing a dart into barrel. It is operated via a spring and I'm not sure how long it will be before the spring gives up! However for now it works well and is capable of firing up to 35 feet! The gun is easy to load and fire and doesn't require the same amount of strength as some of the other Nerf models. It does fire with some force and care should be taken to protect eyes! For this reason I wouldn't recommend this toy for young children!
Game one is for two players and is simply a game to see who can achieve the highest score with 9 shots (three rounds). The scores for each player are displayed electronically in the small window at the front of the target. The player with the highest score wins.
This is a simple game and can get a bit boring after a while.
This is a single player game. The idea of this game is to get down to a zero score with the least amount of shots. You begin with a score of 99 and points are deducted each time to accurately hit the target.
This is also a single player game. This game is known as stop the noise. The target gives a different sound for each target you are asked to hit. You will need to first listen to the sound and decide which target it is coming from. Fire accurately and the noise will stop. At the end of the time your score is displayed, depending on how many times you accurately hit the target.
To quit a game you need to hold down the mode button for a few seconds.
My childrens opinion.
At first they were both very impressed with this target and played for hours! They enjoyed competing against each other and even kept a written score card to see who could accurate the most points in a day!
However they did find the games a bit repetitive after a few days! They have now reverted to using each other as targets again and say they prefer this method of play!
They have also decided to use their other Nerf blasters on this target as they fire with more speed. Both have pointed out that the three darts supplied with this set is no where near enough darts as they are easily lost.
I am happy with this target for the price I paid but would have been very disappointed if I had paid the full price of around £30. As my boys have indicated the games are quite short and can get a bit boring after a while. I suspect this will be a toy that will be bought out of the toy cupboard when friends visit. They both prefer playing outside with their Nerf guns and I guess I will just have to ignore my feelings about guns!