How Does Pocket League Compare to Rocket League?

How Does Pocket League Compare to Rocket League?
How Does Pocket League Compare to Rocket League? / Photo courtesy of Epic Games

How does pocket league compare to Rocket League? Epic Games' new announcement for Rocket League Sideswipe will give gamers a chance to experience the popular car soccer game on their mobile devices. While there are some similarities, like customization, free-to-play, and getting the ball in the goal, Rocket League Sideswipe has some key differences that make the game stand out from the original.

How Does Pocket League Compare to Rocket League?

First, unlike the original Rocket League, Sideswipe is purely side-scrolling on a two-dimensional field with a three-dimensional design. This means that the only directions players have to worry about going are forward, backward, up, down, or any diagonal direction within that circle.

There are three buttons located on the bottom right of the mobile device, from right to left, called boost, jump, fast aerial. Fast aerial acts like boost and jump combined, but are not there by default. Players will have to go into their settings and enable it in their controls. Unique to Sideswipe,
you can face up and boost without jumping in order to aerial.

The fastest way to get up is not a double jump, it is to flip in the direction you want to go (double tap + hold fast aerial button). The left joy stick just needs to be pointed in the direction that you want your can to go. Double tapping the left joystick to air roll.

There doesn't seem to be any way to drive backward. Pointing the left joystick in the direction that you want your car to face will see your car automatically turn around. Likewise, pointing your car in the desired direction in the air will see your car face that direction.

Different from the original as well, the second flip mechanic has no expire time, meaning you can single jump then flip again whenever you want. There is a white pop around a player's car when all wheels touch the ball indicating your flip reset off the ball. You can catch a full game of Rocket League Sideswipe here to see these mechanics in action.

Lastly, as debuted during the trailer, the games on Sideswipe will last only two minutes long, and will pit players in 1-v-1 or 2-v-2 matches. This is for both ranked and public matches.

The game is currently in early access open to anyone in Australia and New Zealand with an Android device. More Regional Alpha tests will be announced at a later date, and the game does not have a release date at this time.