Kotaku’s Trombone Champ Impressions, Rhythm Game Now On Steam

I saw the screenshot of Trombone Champ earlier this week and thought it was some kind Music Wii meme I completely missed. Now I know it’s a real game on its own, however, I very I’m glad I got the chance to test it out.

Developed by Holy Wow, Trombone Champ now available on Steam for PC, although a Mac version is also in development. It’s a rhythm game where you’re playing a trombone and have to move the mouse (and press a button) to match the track that’s currently playing.

It’s relatively simple for a rhythm game, but Trombone Champ 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 medium. And it’s also possible to learn about music history, in ways that aren’t strictly historical.

The game’s launch trailer explains pretty much everything about it:

Trombone Champ announcement trailer

It’s important to note here that, while the game is fun – and from its lootbox parodies to the animations to the excessive use of the word “whistleblower”, it’s funny. for all ages, a rarity – is it also… pretty cool?

A lot of modern rhythm games go hard on trying to be more complex, faster. 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.

The only good lootbox
Gif: Trombone Champ

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.

As far as console versions go, the developers say “further ports are possible but not currently planned.

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