Rocket League Sideswipe: A few tips to get the ball rolling
It's a Pocket Rocket
Rocket League Sideswipe is the highly anticipated mobile version of Rocket League, the iconic game that combines cars and football. Its design is a bit different from the game's PC/console counterpart, but it's made nicely for mobile play.
Instead of playing from behind the car, the game plays out from a side-on perspective. You can swipe right or left to move in either direction. The pitch (or field) you play on is much smaller compared to the PC/Console version. This can lead to plenty of close-contact action.
Another interesting thing to note is that the goals are higher up, meaning you'll need to work a little magic to score. In some ways, it's kind of like the main game's "Hoops" mode where you try and get a basketball through the hoops via aerial plays. So, with Sideswipe being as unique as it is, here are a few tips to help you out with this fun mobile version of the renowned game.
Boosting in Rocket League Sideswipe is a signature element that's been a big part of the original. As you might expect, the boost makes your car go faster (revolutionary, right?). It's an important aspect of the console/PC game and is just as critical here.
The pitch you play on is smaller, so using boost will allow you to reach the ball much quicker. In the original, with the pitch being bigger, you rarely had enough boost to consistently fly around meaning you had to refill while you're on the move.
In Sideswipe, instead of going for orbs to replenish your boost, you need to stay on the ground for it to recharge, which is nice for the consistency. It'll replenish very quickly and then you'll be off and running once again blazing after the ball at great speeds.
Head Back Into Free Play
One sign of a great competitive mobile game is when it offers a freestyle mode. In Rocket League Sideswipe, you can hop into "Free Play" mode. This is great for competitive games because it allows you to freely practice your skills without having to be forced right into the fire.
After a brief tutorial, you'll be able to enjoy the Free Play mode. But, if you feel like you need to go back into it later on, then you certainly can. You can really try and perfect your abilities to become a Sideswipe legend (although you're already a legend in my book).
There's no time limit or anything so you can work on your game for as long as you want. Airel moves can be tricky for example so this is a great time to practice that. Of course, there are other things you can nail down as well. In no time, you'll be completely accustomed to the gameplay.
This is another area of play that can be practiced in Free Play. It's something that can sometimes be all about timing. Not only can you jump in Rocket League Sideswipe, but you can also double jump as well (like the OG game) and sometimes you'll need to get that mid-air hits just right.
Fortunately, your car is pretty small and the ball is quite big so you'll have more room to get in a good smack of it. But as with regular Rocket League, you can accidentally under or over jump the ball. So in games, definitely try getting comfortable with this.
The controls are a bit easier in Sideswipe so it should be a breeze getting used to it. Sometimes, a good jump can lead to some great scores. And since you can double jump, you can reach the ball when it may seem unreachable.