Nerf Super Soaker FlashFlood
Now, let me be clear: Actual flash floods are no laughing matter and are not to be taken lightly…
… but the new Nerf Super Soaker FlashFlood water blaster is just too much fun!
Now while I don’t usually play with Super Soakers too much, it’s just been too hot outside not to. It’s been so hot that I wanted to be on the losing end of a water fight. So with that said, here comes the Nerf Super Soaker FlashFlood review! Are you ready to begin?
Nerf Super Soaker FlashFlood Review.
Just from looking at the Nerf Super Soaker FlashFlood box, you can already tell a few important things about this blaster. For instance, it’s advertised as being suitable for anyone age 6 and up. It has a total capacity in its water tank of 23 fluid ounces (680 ml). It can also hit ranges of up to 38 feet (11.5 meters). At the top of the box, you can also see two little bubble pictures that serve to advertise the FlashFloods two shooting modes. Now let’s take a look at the back of the box.:
On the back of the box, we see a pretty cool picture of the Nerf Super Soaker FlashFlood in what seems to be an underwater shot. It states the 23 fl.oz./680 ml water tank capacity again. It also has slightly larger pictures showing the two different firing modes and now it has ranges attributed to them as well. The top nozzle, which is connected to the big water tube up top, is advertised to hit ranges of 9 meters or about 30 feet. The bottom nozzle, which fires via the pump grip underneath the blaster, is supposed to be able to hit ranges of 11.5 meters (38 ft). Outside of those little tidbits, it has some advertisements for some other Super Soakers, like the FloodFire.
To Flash, Or To Flood: That Is The Question.
The Nerf Super Soaker FlashFlood is a 2-in-1 water blaster. Like I mentioned previously, it has two different firing modes. There is no firing trigger to speak of, but there are two different methods for firing this blaster. Let’s go over how this blaster works. First things first, you obviously need to add some water to this blaster. Flip it upside down and remove the water tank cap. Next, grab a pitcher of water or, more preferably, a garden hose. Turn your garden hose on full blast and just completely spray your entire water blaster with a torrential downpour of water. Hopefully some of that water managed to get into the tank. Next, test it out. The Super Soaker FlashFlood will take a few shots to gain traction and actually shoot water. Also you can use these first few practice shots to familiarize yourself with the blaster. Remember, there are two firing modes.:
The first mode is what has become the new standard in Nerf Super Soakers these days: the pump action spray. You fire a stream of water every time you fully pump the pump action grip. This mode fires water streams quickly and fairly far, but only at medium soaking power. Use this mode if you want maximum speed.
Next up we have the heavy duty mode. Utilizing a firing method similar in design to the Nerf Tidal Tube blaster, this mode sends out one big gush of water towards your opponent. To fire, first you pull the top handle all the way back. Then you push it all the way back in as fast as you can. This will expel a mighty stream of water to drench your opponent. Use this mode if you want maximum power.
The Nerf Super Soaker FlashFlood: My Thoughts…
First, the good. I love the way the Nerf Super Soaker FlashFlood looks. I really like the overall design and I think the colors work very well together. I also like how they pretty flawlessly combined two different types of water blasters into one functioning blaster. I find the ranges and power of the streams to be moderately acceptable, and wholly comparable to all of the other Super Soakers on the market right now. Overall, the FlashFlood is a fun water gun to use and I can say that it has grown on me. So much so that I feel these pros will outweigh the cons that I’m about to list. But there are cons, so here we go. The FlashFlood water blaster is a tad bit too small. The handle grip area is too small and leads to overlapping of fingers. This awkward grip can also lead to cramping in your hands after extended play periods. Another awkward thing with this blaster is the second firing method. That handle up top is far too close to the main handle of the water blaster. This makes for something of a learning curve to figure out exactly how to hold it in the optimal way to have a good time without worrying about bumping your hands together.
No Idea’s Original, Nothing’s New Under The Sun.
This is not the first Super Soaker with the Flash Flood name. The current Nerf Super Soaker FlashFlood shares names with an old Super Soaker that was released ten years ago, in 2005. Based on the Constant Pressure System technology, the original Flash Flood was, quite literally, a blast to play with. After building up the pressure using the pump handle, you were good to go. You could fire multiple shots and those shots delivered a powerful stream of water. If you pulled back the slide at the top, it released a burst of water that really soaked your enemies. The new Super Soaker FlashFlood is similar to the old water blaster in several ways. They both have 2 nozzles and 2 modes of fire. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end. The old Flash Flood pretty much outclasses the new one in every aspect save for aesthetics.