Kotaku’s Trombone Champ Impressions, Rhythm Game now on Steam

I had seen screenshots of trombone champion earlier this week and I thought it was kind of Wii Music which I completely missed. Now that I know it’s a full-fledged game, I’m very Glad I had the chance to check it out.

Developed by Holy Wow, trombone champion is currently available on Steam for PC, although a Mac version is also on the way. It’s a rhythm game where you play the trombone and have to move your mouse (and press a button) to match the music playing.

It’s relatively simple for a rhythm game, but trombone champion is not a game for unnecessary complexity. trombone champion is a game to play when you want to laugh and feel good about the medium of video games. And also learn a bit about the history of music, in a way that isn’t entirely historical.

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

Trombone Champion Trailer

What’s important to note here is that while the game is fun – and from its lootbox parodies to the animation to the overuse of the word “toot”, it’s funny for all ages, a rarity – it’s also…pretty good?

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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