I had seen screenshots of Trombone Champ earlier this week and thought it was some form of Wii Music meme I’d fully missed. Now that I do know it’s an precise sport of its personal, although, I’m very glad I’ve had the prospect to test it out.

Developed by Holy Wow, Trombone Champ is at present accessible on Steam, although a Mac model can be on its approach. It’s a rhythm sport the place you’re enjoying a trombone, and have to maneuver your mouse (and hit a button) to match the music at present enjoying.

It’s comparatively easy for a rhythm sport, however Trombone Champ shouldn’t be a sport for pointless complexity. Trombone Champ is a sport to play whenever you wish to snort, 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 all the pieces about it:

Trombone Champ Announcement Trailer

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 number of fashionable rhythm video games go arduous on making an attempt to be extra advanced, quicker, actually deliver one thing new to the desk. However Trombone Champ simply needs you to maneuver a mouse up and down the display screen actually quick whereas holding the left button down (or smashing the keyboard, which is simpler, and in addition humorous for the reason that sport permits you to mash any letter key).

That’s it! I’ve performed this sport earlier than, from Ouendan to Donkey Konga, and it’s the latter this complete factor most jogs my memory most of, from the solely unserious premise to the absurdity of smashing your approach by means of a chunk of lovely classical music with essentially the most obnoxious sounds possible.

The solely good lootbox
Gif: Trombone Champ

That’s effective as a result of this method works, it’s stable and it’s enjoyable. The enchantment right here doesn’t essentially come from the gameplay itself, however the forever-running joke that you’re enjoying these songs with a fucking trombone, and that the Mii-like characters are a few of the funniest avatars I’ve ever seen in a online game.

Whereas the sport’s at present out on Steam, and is coming to Mac, so far as console variations go the builders say “additional ports are doable however not at present deliberate”.

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