No-one wants to see stressed Hongkongers going postal like Michael Douglas in Falling Down. That’s where Hong Kong’s array of real-life shoot ’em up games come in. Activities like laser tag and paintball are a great way to kill time on a rainy day and we’re sure there must be therapeutic benefits too (probably).
Whether you’re looking for a new indoor sport activity to help you break a sweat or for something a bit more quirky to add to your week, start here to find all the best places to play indoor shooting games in Hong Kong. Who needs Halo when you can play in real life?
The best places to shoot ’em up in Hong Kong
Think you can shoot like Hawkeye? Combining dodgeball and archery, Bumperman brings Hongkongers an intense new combat sport and a chance to feel what it’s like to be a hunter. The game challenges your dexterity, accuracy and team coordination, and is the perfect alternative for those sick of paintball or laser tag. Form a team of four or five players and knock down as many opponents as you can within a four-to-six-minute round. $2,200 (one hour), $3,400 (two hours).
A combination of an abandoned office space and a deserted MTR station, City Hunter is the perfect maze-type venue for close quarter combat (CQC). That means anything from strategic war games using air guns and lasertag to more gentle Nerf guns for kids – City Hunter has got them all. Split over two 4,000sq ft spaces, the 10,000sq ft venue can accomodate up to 30 people, allowing gamers to freely run, hide, chase and shoot down frenemies throughout this expansive site. $170 (four-hour session on weekedays), $220 (weekends); $100 extra for protective gear.
Bubble football? Check. Lightsaber duels? Check. Archery combat? Triple check. Crossfire Arean has got ’em all. Adding a spin to the traditional laser tag game, the popular indoor neon playground hosts laser tag battles in the dark beneath neon lights. You can experiment with different gun modes and shield power-ups to keep the games interesting. Just be wary of going full Rambo. $2,688 (for 12)-$3,288 (for 20).
Impact Force is a more quirky venue and the largest indoor war game site in Hong Kong. The 30,000sq ft arena features four themed areas: jungle zone, Egyptian maze, obstacle course and abandoned factory where you'll have to run through metal scraps and car tires, complete with sound and lighting effects. Pick up air rifles and guns (or Nerf guns for kids), test your aim and teamwork in this intense and exhilarating combat game. $240 per person.
Lock and load and get the heart pumping with a game of laser tag at Lasermads in Causeway Bay. Step into a futuristic maze and battle it out with teammates to eliminate your opponents in this high-tech game of tag, which comes with the added bonus of teambuilding and the solid satisfaction of shooting someone. Walk out feeling like a rebel fighter in Star Wars. $118 per game.
If lasertag isn’t painful or satisfying enough, paintballing is the answer. Pop over to Paintball Headquarters in Kowloon Bay for the best indoor paintballing experience in the city. Equipped with safety gear and specially designed paintball guns, maneuver from cover to cover in the 10,000sq ft arena in a hardcore version of hide-and-seek. There’s light, sound and smoke effects that add to the experience as you get trigger happy and seek to splatter frenemies in bright colours. $280 per person (includes rental gear and 100 paintballs).
With branches in the US and Taiwan, Real Laser is now in Hong Kong bringing with it the best equipment and its signature low-level laser light ambiance venue. With various game modes and storylines, including death match and escort missions, as well as a range of difficulty levels, you can decide whether to go tactical or to simply unload for some stress relief. Each session lasts 15 minutes with a maximum of 12 on a team. Guns at the ready! $98 per session (members), $118 (non-members).