The much-awaited mobile version of Rocket League
Rocket League Sideswipe is a free sports game developed by Psyonix LLC for mobile devices. It is the official mobile version of the highly popular car and soccer hybrid title, Rocket League, which was first released for PCs and consoles starting in 2015.
Rocket League Sideswipe takes the fun and fast-paced gameplay of the original Rocket League, and transforms it into an experience more suited to mobile, with quick 2-minute matches that are perfect for pick-up and play, as well as responsive and intuitive controls that are optimized for touch input.
How does it compare to the original?
Rocket League Sideswipe is Rocket League's big transition into the mobile space, and as such, it was crucial to get the touch input right. Thankfully, it manages to do just that, offering 3 control schemes for you to choose from. There's a decent amount of customization that you can do, including button placement, adjusting opacity, and scaling to fit better on your screen and make them easier to tap.
Rocket League Sideswipe doesn’t disappoint when it comes to graphics and looks great on mobile screens. Gameplay is where things get interesting, though, with you having the choice between 1v1 or 2v2 in matches that last for about two minutes at a time. It might not seem like much, but it's actually "just right" and lends itself well to the notion of the pick-up and play while on the go.
Plenty of the customization options available in the original have made their way to this version, as well. You'll get to pimp out your ride with paint, tires, skins. You can even set custom explosion animations and effects whenever you make a goal. One thing that didn't make the cut, though, is a replay function. Hopefully, it gets added in future updates.
Taking it to-go
All in all, Rocket League Sideswipe is a great mobile port and one that retains much of the things that made the original so much fun to play. The graphics look good, the controls are responsive, and there is still plenty of ways to customize your ride available to you. The wait was worth it and it will make a lot of fans happy. Highly recommended.