Hey i know this is just me going it along on the keep duel going road BUT ... please do hear me out (well read me out same difference XD)
I have ridden this ride as both Haunted house and Duel and to be honest both are great experiences because it was created during (what i would class as) the themeing boom at Alton Towers (1991 when both this and the runaway mine train were built alongside a rethemeing of the rapids)
Duel is a fun ride and i may be 19 but it's a ride that i always go on no matter what at the towers and probably always will.... i enjoy shooting things with lasers yes but every time i go i do seem to notice something different... and personally i think that although yes the lasers do detract from the overall experience of what is a brilliantly designed haunted house thats what gives it re-rideability
The fact that they have now included the sign with top scores of the day gives something extra i think as well.... competitiveness is always good (in moderation) and to compete with your friends for the highest scores to find out who would survive a zombie apocalypse is great ... really enjoyable and simple no nonsense fun
I think the main issue with Duel is that it is slowly falling apart ... and personally i think it needs a MASSIVE overhaul in the next few years to get back to the standards of 5-6 years ago at least....
2 MAIN issues i have with it currently are firstly that the trommel tunnel doesn't work ... which is a great shame seeing as it's always fun to go through and secondly the fact that those dang blasters turn off about 5 seconds before the photo is taken.... bring back fully working blasters and at least a rotating tunnel and i will be perfectly happy with it for at least the next few years
And besides (to my knowledge) there aren't any other things quite like it in the UK.. i mean yes there are lasers and haunted houses but to combine the 2 IMO was a great move and makes it fun for kids, teens and adults alike