Rocket League

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Arcade-style soccer, with cars and a giant ball.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 85 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

As with real team sports, the only way to win is to work together.

Positive Role Models

You play a car trying to score goals. No role models to be found.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence & Scariness

Though cars bump into each other and the ball, no one gets hurt and nothing gets damaged -- not even the paint job.

Language

No language issues, but online gameplay can subject players to unmoderated commentary.

Consumerism

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rocket League is a downloadable soccer game with cars. Driving what looks like souped-up dune buggies, sports cars, trucks, and even an old roadster, players have to bump a really, really large ball into a goal so big, you'll think the arena is where Godzilla and King Kong play soccer. You can do a little hop move like a soccer player jumping up to do a header, and you can even turn or flip your car in mid-hop to knock the ball into, or away from, the goal. Unlike soccer players (and, for that matter, Godzilla and King Kong), you can hit a button to give your car a quick a burst of speed. Rocket League can be played against the computer, but it's better with friends, either on the same couch or over the Internet.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDuncan N. February 13, 2017

Nice for young but a bit complicated

Really good and would be less than 8 yrs old bit it is a tiny bit complicated for 7 yrs and younger
Adult Written bySummer Gambit May 31, 2016

Easy to learn, hard to master

Rocket League is a fun game that is best played with friends. You drive around in a car of your selection (all cars have the same stats, top speed, accelerating... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byacidrain. March 12, 2021

A Really good game but might cause mental issues for young kids.

Started playing 6 months ago and this game is really fun. when your at like gold and you wanna do the cool stuff that all the higher ranked players do and then... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySimonTheBased May 4, 2021

AMAZING GAME

This game is very fun at any level. If you are a beginner or have thousands of game hours it will still be fun. There is sometimes toxicity in chat but you can... Continue reading

What's it about?

Because ROCKET LEAGUE is a sports game, there really is no story. Sure, it looks like you and your friends drove into King Kong's backyard and starting playing on the enclosed soccer field he built for himself and Godzilla, but we're just speculating. What we can tell you is that though there are tons of arenas and you can unlock new flags, paint jobs, and hats to customize your car, the only thing motivating you is the desire to win.

Is it any good?

If you like arcadey driving games, simple sports games, and playing against your friends, Rocket League could become your next online addiction. Essentially soccer with cars and a giant ball, this game has you drive around an enclosed arena, bumping into other players as you try to knock the ball into the goal. But in keeping with the arcade spirit, the physics are a bit on the unrealistic side, which is why your car can hop up and twist, you can drive up the sides of walls, and head-on crashes only cause you to bounce back (though, admittedly, the physics may be too unbelievable for those looking for a real athletic challenge). You also can play matches up to four-on-four, either online, via split-screen, or in a mix of the two, though the more populated matches tend to be a bit too chaotic. There's even an exhibition mode where you can play against the computer, and these matches also go up to four-on-four, though this gets old pretty quickly -- well, unless you customize your car with a pirate flag, purple boost smoke, and a sombrero. That's just funny.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about good sportsmanship. Why is it important to be a good loser? And why is it just as important to be a good winner?

  • Talk about teamwork. How will working with your teammates help you win games of Rocket League? How can you apply this to other games? Or the rest of your life?

Game details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love sports

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