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Feb. 21, 2019
Galaxy Gaming opens at 4 p.m. Friday in its new building along Interstate 29, and Max Kaftanati is excited to show it off to regular customers and newcomers.
The centerpiece is a 4,000-square-foot laser tag arena for up to 26 players. They’ll be transported into the game with custom artwork, a haze machine and DMX laser show units that are synchronized to the high-energy music.
The artwork reaches to the top of the two-story space at 3120 S. Mayfair Drive and covers 100 walls for players to wind through. Kaftanati asked a worldwide design company based in Indianapolis to blend two settings: an ancient city that transitions into a jungle.
The arena will appeal to players of all ages and won’t be as scary as some laser tag games for younger children, said Kaftanati, who started the business with his wife, Mariya, in 2005. Instead of an age limit, players just need to be at least 42 inches tall.
The laser tag system offers 25 scenarios, including zombie and bomb versions. Players can break into any number of teams, but Kaftanati recommends a maximum of four.
Unlike Galaxy Gaming’s previous laser tag system, players who have been eliminated won’t have to sit out until the next round.
“This one, you are going to be constantly in the game,” he said. “It lets you play the entire time.”
Sessions run for about 15 minutes. Rates are $9 for one session, two for $16 and three for $20. Party rates with exclusive use of the arena are higher. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Galaxy Gaming’s other offerings include gaming stations with PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 systems, and virtual reality pods. The five VR pods can be rented for gaming, including some multiplayer options. They might not be ready on opening day, Kaftanati said.
VR rates are $9 for 12 minutes, $15 for 25 minutes and $27 for an hour.
Passes for the gaming station area are sold for $5 for an hour, $17 for all day or $23 for all night. Gaming is open from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday nights, hours are 11 a.m. to 8 a.m. the following day.
Galaxy Gaming opens Friday in its new building near 41st Street and Interstate 29. The centerpiece is the laser tag arena with the latest technology.