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Rocket League Sideswipe: Tips and tricks for beginners

Rocket League Sideswipe may take some time for you to get used to. but we will give you some tips to flatten the learning curve as much as possible.
Rocket League Sideswipe: Tips and tricks for beginners

Psyonix's socCar phenomenon is making a play for mobile gamers with Rocket League Sideswipe which has just been released globally on iOS and Android devices.

The game faithfully captures all that we have come to know and love from Rocket League but with a few key differences. All the action takes place from a 2D perspective, there are no demolitions, and there are fewer game modes with the max team size being, at launch at least, being two players.

Players can dive into three different game modes; Duel (1v1), Doubles (2v2) and Hoops (2v2 Basketball) and for anyone who has played Rocket League before you will feel instantly at home with the way the cars handle if not exactly with the touch-screen controls (though you can use a compatible controller). 

Regardless of which game mode you try first, we want to give you a couple of tips and tricks that will help ease you into Sideswipe, whether you are a newbie or a veteran of Rocket League, there will be something here to help you in your quest for Sideswipe Grand Champion.

Five tips and tricks for Rocket League Sideswipe

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Although it’s very similar to the main game, Sideswipe does require some time to adapt yourself to play in a two-dimensional field. (Picture: Psyonix)

Before we move any further we don’t want you to think that this will secure wins game after game, but it will definitely give you a better chance to keep games close and sneak in some dubs.

1) Patience is your best ally

This is especially true while your cruising through the lower tiers of the game, from Bronze to the early part of Gold, most players rely on power more than finesse so don’t be scared to use your shadow defence skills, lay back and wait for the opportunity to get a good open shot at the net.

2) Take advantage of unlimited time on flips and flip resets

Different to the main game, Rocket League Sideswipe does not put a time limit for your flip, which is a great strategic advantage as it was one of the most stressful things to think about when you are in the middle of an aerial. Here you can fly through the whole field, come back and still use your flip to block a shot which is great.

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Sometimes the best trick is just being patient in RL Sideswipe. (Picture: Psyonix)

3) Don’t be a toxic player

I mean, we understand that flexing on your opponents can be part of a player’s personality, but it is still just a game and everything should be left on the field, even the rivalry. There is no need for a “Nice shot” after an open-net miss or a “What a save” after a keeper whiffs, the game is just way more fun when we keep a competitive yet friendly environment at all times.

Ultimately it is always refreshing when a great game gets a mobile adaptation and so far things seem to be on track to keep building a fan base of its own so you should definitely give it an opportunity as well.


In the meantime, make sure to give a look at our dedicated section as we will bring you everything you need to know about every Rocket League release, news, tips and more.

Featured image courtesy of Psyonix.