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56 Bair Street, Leongatha (Enter via Rear Car Park)
Ph: 5618 0032
Adults $7 Family $20
Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 10am-4pm
13 and 14, 2018
LASER Tag isn’t paintball. It doesn’t hurt
when you get ‘hit’ or shot!
If you want to imagine what the latest and great-
est attraction to arrive in South Gippsland, In-
finity Laser Tag, feels like, imagine you’re play-
ing ‘Call of Duty’ or one of the other role-playing
combat games – only this is in three D and you get
to chase your mates around an innovative arena.
“One mum describes it as playing ‘Call of Duty’
only you’ve got to get up off the couch and exer-
cise,” says co-owner, Ben Yates, who with his wife
Jackie, opened the venue at the rear of 56 Bair
Street, Leongatha, shortly before Christmas.
But, it has been since Christmas, that the
venue has really started to hum as more and
more people, and not just the kids, find out
how good it is.
“We’ve had kids from as young as four playing
right up to my father and a friend in their 70s.
They had a ball.
“We’ve designed it with an abandoned ware-
house theme where you work your way through
the maze and finally come out into the ‘kill
zone’ of factory floor,” says Ben with a grin.
When the players arrive, they get fitted out in
their vests, and you can go for all sorts of differ-
ent game styles from individuals (shooting out
targets) to one-on-one and right up to nine-on-
nine team play games.
The vests are basically the extension of a com-
puter game with gun attached and ‘hits’ or shots
are recorded electronically, adding on to the shoot-
er’s score, and penalising the person who got hit.
A player who takes repeated hits can actually
‘die’ but after a few moments, during which you
can run away and recharge, you’re back into the
“We’ve made it so you can be killed an unlimit-
ed amount of times just so you can keep playing.”
But it does count against you in the end when
you come out of the arena and find out how well
you went against your fellow competitors.
It’s great fun and the 280m2 arena set up by
Ben and Jackie is bigger than most.
As well as chasing your fellow game players,
there’s also targets to hit that pop up from time
to time, adding to your score.
Ben gives new game players a good run down on
the rules of the game, including that you can’t be
rough with the guns or your fellow competitors.
But, really, it doesn’t come to that, There’s too
much fun to be had.
“The Helios vests are made by Zone and they’re
the best on the market. We’ve looked right into
in and we’re delighted with how it’s come out.
“The people at Zone say we’ve got a really
good arena layout where some of the elements
can be changed to give it a new look. Plus it’s
bigger than most,” said Ben.
“We’ve sourced most of the set-up and trades
locally. Smiths’ Hardware have been fantas-
tic, Luke Lowe has done our signs which have
come up really well and Nick Nelson Electrical
has done all our electrical work.
“It’s all come up really well and everyone loves it.
“Typically a game last for 10 to 15 minutes
but you can go as long as you like. Most people
take two games and they get a lot better as they
get the hang of it.”
There are sirens and loud speaker announce-
ments that add to the atmosphere but the
squeals of delight coming from the competitors
as they race around the maze and main arena
are all part of the experience as well.
Obviously Infinity Laser Tag appeals to young
video game players but you could certainly see
family groups, including mum and dad, as well
as work groups giving it a go.
“We’ve already had a fair few families through
and we had some local businesses who held off
on their Christmas parties until we opened.”
And the birthday party market is another
As well as the main Laser Tag game, there’s also
going to be a selection of arcade games set up in
the foyer, in case you haven’t had enough fun.
Infinity Laser Tag is open daily from 10am to
5pm or by appointment at other times.
Games start from as little as $12 per person.
For example two games of 10 minutes each
costs $20 – certainly an affordable holiday
treat, and you don’t have to travel far to enjoy it.
Infinity Laser Tag is located at 57 Bair Street,
Leongatha, enter via the rear carpark.
Holiday fun is just a ‘Laser Tag’ away
The owners of Infinity Laser Tag are Ben
and Jackie Yates.
There’s been a steady stream of game players trying out the new Infinity Laser Tag attrac-
tion in Leongatha, including this eager young group, but it’s not just the kids who are having
all the fun. m120218
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