I had seen screenshots of Trombone Champ earlier this week and thought it was some type of Wii Music meme I’d utterly missed. Now that I do know it’s an precise sport of its personal, although, I’m very glad I’ve had the possibility to test it out.
Developed by Holy Wow, Trombone Champ is at present obtainable on Steam, although a Mac model can also be on its means. It’s a rhythm sport the place you’re taking part in a trombone, and have to maneuver your mouse (and hit a button) to match the music at present taking part in.
It’s comparatively easy for a rhythm sport, however Trombone Champ will not be a sport for unnecessary complexity. Trombone Champ is a sport to play once you wish to chuckle, and be ok with the medium of video video games. And likewise kinda be taught concerning the historical past of music, in methods that aren’t solely historic.
The sport’s launch trailer explains just about every little thing about it:
What’s vital to notice right here is that, whereas the sport is humorous—and from its lootbox parodies to the animation to the over-use of the phrase “toot” it’s humorous for all ages, a rarity—it’s additionally…fairly good?
A lot of modern rhythm games go hard on trying to be more complex, faster, really bring something new to the table. But Trombone Champ just wants you to move a mouse up and down the screen really fast while holding the left button down (or smashing the keyboard, which is easier, and also funny since the game lets you mash any letter key).
That’s it! I’ve played this game before, from Ouendan to Donkey Konga, and it’s the latter this whole thing most reminds me most of, from the entirely unserious premise to the absurdity of smashing your way through a piece of beautiful classical music with the most obnoxious sounds imaginable.
That’s fine because this system works, it’s solid and it’s fun. The appeal here doesn’t necessarily come from the gameplay itself, but the forever-running joke that you are playing these songs with a fucking trombone, and that the Mii-like characters are some of the funniest avatars I have ever seen in a video game.
While the game’s currently out on Steam, and is coming to Mac, as far as console versions go the developers say “further ports are possible but not currently planned”.