Lazer tag is back at the beach

Hayley Heath | Marlin Chronicle

By Robin Peterson

Tired of going to the Oceanfront and not having anything to do? Thinking of going to the Oceanfront with a large group of people? Have an urge to re-live your childhood with a group of like-minded sort-of adults? Then iTag Virginia Beach is the place to go.

Located at the intersection of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Birdneck Road, iTag is only a short walk down the boardwalk, making it the perfect place for students and visitors to break the monotony of visiting the Oceanfront.

iTag in Virginia Beach sets itself apart from other laser tag places in Virginia Beach by being affordable and catering to many types of customers. While its main clientele appears to be made up of families, teens and young adults also fill the arenas.

iTag not only boasts the laser tag arena, but an indoor arcade of sorts as well. It also offers spaces for birthday parties and corporate events, making the location not only extremely family-friendly, but appropriate for adult groups to join in on the fun as well.

Itag also boasts offering spaces for birthday parties and corporate events, making the location not only extremely family friendly, but appropriate for more adult groups to join in on the fun as well. As Junior Raven Chivers says, “it’s fun for all ages, especially since it looks like  videogame.”

For all the laser tag aficionados out there, one of the things that iTag advertises is a realistic and “Call of Duty” style game. From the moment you walk into the arena, this image is cultivated.

Players start their games by gearing up. The gear is somewhat different from the gear that you would use at a similar place such as Laser Quest. Lined up against a wall, your equipment is lit before you even put it on. The entire arena looks like it could have been ripped from a video game like Halo or Call of Duty.

The game itself is out of this world with stunning special effects and twists and turns for players to hide and attack each other from. This goes along with the video game-like atmosphere that Itag encapsulates, which adds to the appeal for older players.

One of the drawbacks of being located on the Oceanfront is that iTag closes relatively early. Those hoping for a midnight game of laser tag will have to find another location, since iTag closes at 9 p.m. on weekdays. However, on weekends the hours are greatly extended to accommodate more people. iTag is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Compared to similar locations around the Virginia Beach area, what makes iTag a place of note is its competitive prices. For individual games, prices run from about $9 a person for the normal “itag” game as the website dubs it, and rises to $14 per player for birthday parties, large groups and corporate events.

If you really enjoy your experience at iTag, you can purchase a membership, which drops the price of your games to seven dollars for normal “iTag” games and twelve dollars a game if you are a part of a larger party.

iTag Virginia Beach is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday. iTag is open from 4-9 p.m on weekdays, noon until midnight on Fridays, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

If you’re willing to try something new, or if you’re bored with the same activities found on the Oceanfront, then iTag Virginia Beach may be just the place to go.

For more information, check out iTag’s website iTag is located at 10071 Virginia Beach Boulevard.