I’ve seen screenshots of Trombone Champ earlier this week and I thought it was some kind of Wii music meme i totally missed it. Now that I know it’s own game, though, I am very I’m glad I had the opportunity to check it out.
Developed by Holy Wow, Trombone Champ is currently available on Steam, though a Mac version is also on the way. It’s a rhythm game where you play a trombone and have to move your mouse (and press a button) to match the currently playing music.
It’s relatively simple for a rhythm game, but Trombone Champ it is not a game for unnecessary complexity. Trombone Champ is a game to play when you want to laugh and feel good about the video game environment. And also learn about the history of music, in ways that aren’t entirely historical.
The game’s launch trailer pretty much explains everything about it:
What’s important to note here is that while the game is funny — and from the lootbox parodies to the animation to the overuse of the word “toot,” it’s fun for all ages, a rarity — it’s also… good enough?
A lot of modern rhythm games try hard to be more complex, faster, to really deliver something new at the table. But Trombone Champ it just wants you to move a mouse up and down the screen really fast while holding down the left button (or smash the keyboard, which is easier and also fun since the game lets you send any letter).
That’s it! I’ve played this game before, since Ouendan to Donkey Kongand the latter reminds me of this the most, from the completely frivolous premise to the absurdity of smashing your way through a piece of beautiful classical music with the most disgusting sounds imaginable.
It’s okay because this system construction, it’s solid and it’s fun. The appeal here doesn’t necessarily come from the game itself, but from the eternal joke that you play these songs with a tromboneand that the Mii-like characters are some of the funniest avatars I’ve ever seen in a video game.
While the game is currently available on Steam and coming to Mac, as for console versions, the developers say that “other ports are possible, but not currently planned.”