If you ever wondered what it would be like to be a part of a zombie movie, here's your chance.
In Waukesha, recently opened iCombat is hosting zombie laser tag on a realistic movie set. Set up with 30 different rooms in six different districts, the middle-eastern themed set provides places to hide, challenges to complete and special for the season, zombies to fight.
Andy Rasico who is one of 13 owners of iCombat Waukesha, which opened in June of this year, said the experience they try to provide is as realistic as possible.
"We want everything to be realistic so we've slowly accumulated things like dressers, shelves, beds and that sort of thing," Rasico said. "The equipment makes noise and recoil, you hear a bang, not laser sounds. It's all realistic from the sounds to the weight of the weapon."
The special, 90-minute zombie sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday until Nov. 2. Zombie sessions are recommended for ages 16 and up.
"We wanted to do a haunted attraction that was fast, easy to do and that's scary, but not so scary we can't have anyone in here," Rasico said. "It's dark, there are a lot of flashing lights and sound effects that are pretty gruesome. Every mission the zombies get faster and harder to kill and the final scene is pretty intense with the primary goal just to stay alive."
iCombat owners asked some of their more active members to come in on weekends to play the zombies and 10 actors are on the field at any given time. Each session is unique with different missions to complete and zombies to tackle. Rasico said that in keeping with iCombat's mission to be a Hollywood experience, the group took their cue from zombie movies "World War Z," "Resident Evil" and "28 Days Later" to form scripts and take the normal laser experience into the horror genre.
"This is not your little brother's laser tag. There's no black lights, this is not glow-in-the-dark, the equipment is very life-sized. It's made of metal and plastic. There's no rainbow lighting everywhere on your vest. That's more for families and little kids and this is more for teenagers and adults," Rasico said.
Opened this past June, iCombat Waukesha was designed as a facility to allow Universal Electronics, based in Whitewater to test their software. The iCombat software and concept was founded in 2011 as a way to make civilian entertainment more realistic. In June 2013, the facility opened in Waukesha.
"We wanted a place that was close (to Whitewater) and in a good market to use our gear not only for testing purposes but also because we all just find it really interesting and fun," Rascio said.
Since opening, Rascio explained that membership, which is free and required of all participants, has skyrocketed. Weekend games have started to book spots in advance more often and the sets and missions develop regularly.
"This is our first attempt at doing anything with Zombies, so we hope to make it bigger and better next year," Rascio said.
For more information on iCombat Waukesha or to register for a regular or zombie session visit waukesha.icombat.com.
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