One of the special things about Apocalypse is the variety of things allowed. Being an annual war from back in the days of classic NIC play, high fps blasters are allowed, as are a wide variety of things like Zing bows. As such, I brought one of my Hyperstrike bows and a bunch of arrows. Which ended up working well, because most of my other normal “war blasters” broke. Turns out the Hyperstrike is a ton of fun to use, given a proper setting to use it.
The D-Dart Tempest was one of the most unique things on display at Toy Fair. A handheld gauntlet blaster that features full auto and 28 darts? Based purely on that, you’d expect a great blaster. The reality isn’t quite so great. It’s certainly not bad – far from it. But, given a few key issues, you may want to think about it before buying it (currently available at Target).
Dart Zone is on a roll this season. They typically make good blasters for a decent price, but they seem to have outdone themselves this season. They have the semi-auto Savage Spin at Walmart. Meanwhile, at Target, they have the full-auto Destructor, a minigun-style blaster that feeds darts from a hopper. It’s the Commandfire, but made even better. It still has small hangups that come with using a dart hopper, but it’s a blaster worth checking out.
It’s not often that I give a blaster top ratings. But there’s no way around it: as sold, the Adventure Force Savage Spin is an amazing blaster in every way. Incredible fps for a stock blaster. High rate of fire for a semi-auto blaster. Compact, comfortable. It’s this year’s HvZ starter kit – as long as you’re willing to break the mold and operate without magazines, that is.
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Earlier this year, we reviewed the Quadrot. It’s a small, powerful, fun blaster with four shots, for just $10. It also has decent modification potential, if you want more power.
If, however, you just want an inexpensive blaster that works out of the box, then Nerf has done one better. The Alpha Strike Fang may have questionable (but fixable) comfort issues, but it performs exactly the same out of the box at half the price. What more can you want from a stock blaster?