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Hard Knocks, Orlando

Categories: Fun & Games
Inspirock Rating:
3.1/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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  • Located in Point Orlando so be prepared to pay for parking. It's a lot of fun but not cheap. Fast action running and shooting. Remember to wear closed toe shoes! Staff is helpful. We did six missions ...  read more »
  • Not a good experience. If u have young kids do not go to this laser tag facility! I think if u r older and can drink alcohol while u play this might be fun? However, we had a 17, 14, 12, and 10 year o...  read more »
  • We came here with a bunch of friends for someone's birthday. The first time we went a couple of weeks ago, they said the wifi was down, so they couldn't scan our groupons. That is a little frustrating...  read more »
  • Are you a fan of sexism and paying for basic necessities? Then you have come to the right place! No water fountains and no free water cups! You will be so thirsty from exerting yourself you will be begging them to take your money! Definitely not a scam! And the sexism adds quite the touch of class! Nothing says laser tag like half naked girls everywhere! Such a fantastic introduction for kids to the gender roles and stereotypes they need to fall into! 1/10 would not visit again.
  • Flew from Illinois to Florida four years in a row just to go to Hard Knocks at the old East side location, three of us visited three days each time and bought all day passes. The rooms were 3-5 times bigger, it was easier to tell which team you were on. That location is now closed. This mall location was cramped, we were told not form alliances, with players every ten feet it was hard not to. The experience was not enjoyable at all. The original idea was to use your instinct and skill to outthink the other players, this location didn't allow for either. I won't spend another dollar at Hard Knocks. In their defense, the employees are very nice and always have been. They did refund the balance of the missions we bought.
  • Horrible Experience. Told us we couldn't make a reservation but waited for 2 hours before we were able to get into our first game. Many guns didn't work at all or had dysfunctional sights and displays that made it hard to keep track of your kills/lives. You're not allowed to run or jump or go prone. Many of the missions last less than 5 minutes. For example, playing Free For All with 50+ people in a fairly small area means you will be eliminated within 2 minutes. In another mission where you protect an employee/mark, the employee "suddenly" died which led the match to an immediate draw within 3 minutes (both teams claimed not to have fired at her). In our last game, the regulator didn't even referee the game; instead they aimlessly stared at the floor. Their employees were also pretty curt and rude throughout the entire encounter. I thought it was amusing that all the employees were females. Right when you walk through the door you realize that this place is completely geared towards pubescent, horny teenagers or perverted 50 year olds. Someone else said it best - this is the Hooters of laser tag. Sad.
  • We came here with a bunch of friends for someone's birthday. The first time we went a couple of weeks ago, they said the wifi was down, so they couldn't scan our groupons. That is a little frustrating considering they couldve just taken our groupons and inputted it into their system. However, that's alright. The next time we came, they told us to wait since we had a large party. And alright, that's cool. They told us 20 min. We waited over an hour. In that time, groups that came in after us were sent in to play. Furthermore, the cafe within the Hard Knocks would not offer us water, stating "we have no more water cups, but water bottles for 1.95". This was awkward since we could all see the small plastic water cups right behind her. When we finally got in to play, we were told to pick equipment from one side of the room. When that side ran out, one employee told me to take from the other side of the room. After that round ended, I came back to put my equipment back. A different employee told me with an attitude that I shouldn't have taken from that side. When I informed her that one of the employees told me to do this, she said "well, it wasn't me". Overall, customer service and logistics are awful here and I would not recommend this place to anyone.
  • I don’t even know where to begin (and it seems like Hard Knocks doesn’t, either), but I guess we can start with getting into the place. When my group of 15 wanted to go off a groupon, we called up the place asking whether or not we can make a reservation, and the staff said that it wasn’t necessary. When we arrived at 6, they asked us whether or not we had a reservation and that, because we didn’t have one, that it would be a half hour wait. So we waited. And waited. And waited. Which, by the way, part of the waiting time was the “training video” which was an incredible display of how far we’ve come in women’s rights because of how they completely piledrove all that work away with the whole video and the set-up of the place. Between having it “ladies first”, the incredibly degenerate training movie that basically tramples over the concept of strong females, and having all the battle suits arbitrarily named after female names, there is this distinct disconnect between reality of supporting the archetype of strong women and going back to the era of chivalry and pretending that they’re supporting them. And so, after a brief one hour and twenty-minute wait time where we saw group after group go in, they decided to punish us by having us actually play the game. In the training video, they advertised it that the place “took the technology of real life training simulations for our pleasure.” And boy, did it deliver. With a great combination of friendly fire and the inability to differentiate between friend or foe because olive-drab and camo look the same when everything is dark af, nothing struck me more than real life like having my teammates shoot at me if they didn’t know who I was. They made fun of the lack of bright, distinctive lights and uniforms for other laser tag places but hey, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Especially when your fix ends up breaking the game. The vests have so few sensors that it makes it so easy to camp in the game, and so long as you’re playing defense and no one’s shooting you in the back, then you’re basically impenetrable behind a box or divider. That is, pending that your equipment was working in the first place, many of which didn't work with a completely useless display in the dark. Did I mention that the staff was incredibly rude and disorganized? Probably the latter, but in terms of the former, they didn’t show us any sort of concern even when we voiced that we were pretty frustrated at the wait time. If it weren’t for the fact that it was a groupon, we would’ve collectively demanded a refund. In one of the games, it was literally impossible for the mark to die unless defense team was actively shooting at her, and the game ended prematurely because the mark died, so the staff likely killed her off to make the missions go faster. And when people were confused about whether or not the game was over (because the arenas aren’t separated), the refs didn’t even provide any direction. Speaking of an inhospitable environment, they don’t even offer water for free even though there were small cups standing by right next to the soda fountain. It’s a solid $2 for a water bottle though because hey if you’re playing and you dehydrate, it’s not their fault that you didn’t shell out more cash at this scam. And don’t even think about bring your water into arena. That’s forbidden. You’ve gotta chug it or dump it unless you want to leave it around for someone else to tamper with it. But hey, you can still buy another water, so we’re cool, right? If I could, I would rate it 0 stars, but I justify the 1 star rating to myself because it’s close by to a few pokestops.
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