Splatter Ranch - Totally different experiences, not really comparable.
Directions to the Field:
It's a little hard to find, because it's at the Side of a large "AZ Combat Sports" building. It is located under the Green Awning on the side of the building. So look for that. They also tend to have an "INDOOR PAINTBALL" sign somewhere in the parking lot, in case you can't see the only alley there.
The first game I ever played was at this field. And every time I've gone to this field since, it's been hit and miss. Sometimes it'll be really enjoyable, other times it's disjointed. I'll just go down the list and mention it as I go.
Safety - They are very strict about safety. Once an employee jumped over a counter and ran to stop someone who forgot to put a Sleeve on their Marker. Goggle's required on and around the field. So that's not a real issue at all.
Field - They only have one. It's small, but fun. The biggest issue I have with the field is they never clean the paint off the floor. They have Carpet, so I understand it may be hard to clean, but at the side's of the floor are giant piles of unbroken, paint covered balls. Every and any surface is coated in paint so if you fall against anything or grab onto anything you will get covered in paint. Otherwise the field is awesome, wood barriers and barrels make up the cover. One giant House in the middle sits pretty much empty for the entire game due to little cover though.
Hours - They're pretty flexible on the hours. Check the website if you want to be sure, but my friends and I were there on a Friday to near 12am.
Price - Field fee is $24. Tues/Thurs is $12. Friday is Ladies night, so free for Ladies. Rental is $8 for everything you need in a bundle. Drinks and such behind the counter are a little over priced, but that's to be expected. Paint is the biggest money sucker. It's $50 for a box of 1000 balls. My friends and I had to split the cost, and then we went through that really fast. And you can only use their paint, so you will have to pay that price.
Proshop - Umm...? They have some stuff for sale up front, but it's mostly Marker's (few Tippmann's), other then that they don't have anything. In the back there's the Rental room which is where you get your CO2 refilled. But everytime I would get in line it would take forever for them to get things done. Or sometimes I would go over there and no one would be in the room at all.
Staff - Friendly for sure. Everyone there is willing to answer any questions, and it's a pretty relaxed enviroment.
Refs - This is a hit and miss sort of deal. Some of the Refs I've had there are incredibly friendly and just want to help you out and have a good time. Some of them are just down right... mean? I guess that's a good word. I dunno this is really where it get's hit and miss for me.
Facilities - There's a small area outside the field with tables that you prepare/rest/eat at. Bathroom's are small but clean. I've already mentioned the field above. However the Chrono is in the lobby area, and it's stange. Because when someone decides to see how high they can get the Chrono to go, the lobby get's real quiet. Because of the... you know noise level that full auto makes? So yeah, that's certainly a negative.
Rentals - They rent out some Spyder's (MR1's I think?) and this is my biggest issue with the place. If a Marker is broken, they don't do much about it. My friend got a bad marker, and every time he took it to get REPLACED, they would fiddle with it for 15 seconds and give it back. Next round? Broken. This has only happened one time we were there, but it was... Awful. The masks are a bit old too, they seem to be falling apart.
So yes, I would recommend this field, but keep just a few things in mind. Messy field and difficult Rental's. Otherwise great staff, and so on. Give it a shot, I think most people will enjoy this field.
EDIT: I just wanted to put this in here, because after rereading my review it seemed a little harsh. This is by no means a bad field, in fact it is personally my favorite indoor field here in Arizona. The problems are limited to very specific markers and such they have, which may be retired next time I go there anyway. So take this with a grain of Salt, because I'm certainly a fan of this field. I just wanted to let people know what to expect.
EDIT: (8/8/10) I'm not sure what happened, but I went to Tempe last night and they seemed to have spray painted messages all over the walls. I'm sure a bulk of the messages will soon be covered in paint, but it looked fairly trashy to be honest. They should probably never do that again, given it makes the place look cheap. Just my opinion.
EDIT: (8/21/10) What...? Alright, so last update I complained about the spray painted messages. Not only is this worse now, but suddenly all the walls are chopped up in the center house...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jq1zfgJoTY (Not my video, but if you look at the center house there are now large portions of the wall missing).
Why? I'm not sure. It doesn't add to the gameplay in much of a way. It gives less cover. It also doesn't make the field as friendly to "all ages". My dad isn't the most agile of guys, and loved the cover that the building provided. He could sit in the back and keep standing without having to test his knees, so to speak. That's no longer an option. Also this change seems rather permanent. Not sure if I liked this change. Still a great field, but I'm not sure if this was the right move.
Last edited on Monday, August 23rd, 2010 at 5:12 pm PST