Doesn't need the app to work, simple pick up and play style action. Really impressed with this range from Hasbro. Just as good as the Deltastrike Rifle in the Nerf Laser Ops range. Although I'm not sure which I like better. The Alphapoint has single fire which was slower than I expected but works well for quick pot shots and is probably better for competitive edge in a Laser Tag war. But it doesn't vibrate when you get shot like the rifle, it just flashes red. Has 10 shots per “magazine” be unlimited ammo until you die. Health and ammo have green, yellow and red indicators for their respective conditions. Super fun and I recommend getting two!