|Phoenix LTX Tagger|
|Type of product||Laser tag tagger (Lazer Tag)|
|Average retail price||49.99 USD|
It currently can only be purchased in a two-player set that can only be purchased at Toys 'R' Us stores.
It comes with a built-in rumble pack. Original Tiger Electronics packages came with a Shot Blast accessory, a removable green laser sight, and a special video game attachment for use with the "Solo" game mode.
The Phoenix LTX features a red receiver dome where tags are registered. This dome flashes red when it is tagged. A life indicator is located to the left of the handle; it counts down the remaining tags a player has on their tagger. The indicator can only visibly count ten tags. This means that when the user has more than ten tags, the indicator will be completely lit.
The tagger also features two triggers: a firing trigger and a shield trigger. The firing trigger is located where a Nerf blaster's trigger would go; the shield trigger is placed right in front of this trigger. It can be used by extending out the finger used for firing.
The Phoenix LTX does not have lock-on or detection indicators, unlike taggers previously sold by Tiger Electronics. Players cannot tell who is friend or foe just by pointing their tagger at the other player. In this sense, Tiger Electronics taggers cannot lock on or get information from the Phoenix LTX. This is due to the Phoenix LTX not having a recieving barrel.
This tagger has a switch for choosing between outdoor and indoor play. This switch functions differently from other Tiger Electronics taggers, however. Indoor Mode makes the reciever less sensitive, whereas Tiger Electronics taggers' Indoor Mode makes their emitters less powerful.
A vast difference between the Phoenix LTX and other Tiger Electronics taggers is that the Phoenix LTX does not have a menu screen. This means that this tagger cannot host custom matches. However, simple games can be played. The tagger can choose between "Solo", "Team 1", "Team 2", or a hidden "Team 3" on the power switch. "Solo" creates a quick "LTAG" free-for-all match where every player is on their own.
"Team 3" is only selectable when the power switch is held carefully in place between the "Team 1" and "Team 2" positions.
Choosing "Team 1", "Team 2", or "Team 3" joins into a team-based game, where they are placed onto the respective team their power switch is under. Teams cannot be changed once the match has begun.
Starting matches is the same however; pulling the firing trigger causes a ten second countdown before the game begins.
The Phoenix LTX is actually able to join custom matchs hosted by a Tiger Electronics tagger through hidden means.
Turning on a Phoenix LTX tagger activates a scan that searches for nearby Tiger Electronics tagger-hosted matches. If the trigger is pulled before the tagger can find a match, it will start a normal Phoenix LTX pick-up game. To join any match, the tagger must be aimed directly at the host's recieving dome.
Joining a match with no teams will have the Tiger Eletronics tagger assign the Phoenix LTX tagger to a "LTAG" free-for-all match. The ammo indicator on the Phoenix LTX will indicate which player number it is assigned to.
Joining a game with teams is a bit tricky. Turning on the Phoenix LTX blaster to the "Solo" position will allow the host tagger choose which team the user will end up on. Turning on the Phoenix LTX tagger to any of the team positions (including the hidden "Team 3" option) will have the user join onto the respective team. The life indicator will indicate which team the user or host has selected. The ammo indicator will indicate which player number the user is on that team.
Debriefing for a Phoenix LTX tagger is tricky as well. It must be aimed directly the host's recieving dome for it to gather that player's information. Pulling the firing trigger after a game has ended will show the player's complete rank on the ammo indicator. Pulling the shield trigger will show the player's team rank.
Firing and reloadingEdit
The end of the tagger features a light that is also the built-in rumble pack. It flashes and shakes when the tagger is fired or tagged. Located to the right of the handle is an ammo indicator that tells the user how many shots they have left. The Phoenix LTX tagger can hold ten shots at a time.
To reload the Phoenix LTX, the user must flip a switch on the handle of the tagger. An "ammo core" will protrude from the butt of the tagger. Popping the "core" back into the tagger will fully reload it.
When using the tagger shields, the ammo indicator will animate to show the "shield's power" being depleted. The tagger cannot be fired while shields are being used. After using shields, there is a two second delay before the Phoenix LTX can be used again.
Shield times can be chosen by using a strength selector switch on the tagger. Located near the handle, it allows the user to choose between a "ten strength" or "twenty-five strength" game. "Ten strength" gives the user fifteen seconds of shields, while "twenty-five strength" gives the user thirty seconds of shields. This function only works with the "LTAG" or "Team LTAG" game functions. The strength selector cannot be changed once a match has begun.
Phoenix LTX-only accessoriesEdit
These accessories can only function on the Phoenix LTX tagger. They cannot be placed on other laser tag taggers or Nerf blasters.
Not to be confused with Shot Blast (Super Soaker).
The Shot Blast is a large attachment placed on the front of the Phoenix LTX that features two infrared emitters. It could only be purchased while Lazer Tag was still owned by Tiger Electronics.
To use the Shot Blast, the front pump must be used. Pumping once will give the user one loaded Shot Blast shot. When a Shot Blast shot is loaded, the ammo indicator will flash. When used, the user can land up to three tags on a single player; one tag comes from the top and narrow emitter and the other two come from the bottom and larger emitter.
The Shot Blast can be used when the main ammo is depleted. When loaded with a Shot Blast shot, the Phoenix LTX cannot be reloaded. The Shot Blast is only useful at about twenty feet.
The Phoenix LTX's pinpoint sight could only be purchased while Lazer Tag was still owned by Tiger Electronics. It attaches on the top back rail of the tagger and emits a green laser sight. Unlike the Virtual Scope, the pinpoint sight runs off of the Phoenix LTX's power and does not require its own batteries.
Video game attachmentEdit
The video game attachment is placed on the front of the Shot Blast attachment. It is powered by the tagger and must be plugged into a television's video and audio jacks. The game will not work on a newer high-definition television. The pinpoint sight does not work well with the game; removing it and using the iron sights provides the player with better accuracy.
- The built-in rumble pack can be turned off by holding it down with a thumb while turning on the Phoenix LTX. The tagger will think that the rumble pack is jammed and will not activate it during a match.
- A choosable "Team 3" feature is selectable by moving the power switch between the "Team 1" and "Team 2" choices. It is assumed to have been an idea that would have been implemented if the Tiger Electronics brand continued.
- Phoenix LTX Tagger on the Nerf website