Trombone Champ is the newest video game player who can’t be put down – even if the people around them want to.
Developed by Holy Wow Studios, the rhythm-based video game is similar to Guitar Hero – but swaps the guitar for the trombone. An avatar plays the trombone while the player moves their mouse up and down to sync them with the pitches on the screen. The mouse movements are reversible, adding another level of difficulty.
The game, which was released on September 15th, went viral this week after people online — from video game critics to the actual . until Trombone players – started posting recordings of themselves playing it.
Result? Plenty of tricks for songs like the national anthem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, and later the internet made people laugh.
The game’s developer Dan Vecchito said he never expected it to turn into the Internet’s new source of laughter. In fact, Vechito, whose full-time job is in web design, expected a much smaller group of enthusiasts.
“I’m obviously very happy about it and a little relieved,” Vecchito said with a laugh. “I wasn’t quite sure what the reaction was going to be because … it almost always sounds bad.”
Vechito, who said he develops video games as a hobby, also doesn’t play the trombone.
He came up with the idea for the Trombone Champ four years ago, which was inspired by the traditional arcade cabinet. Vecchito said that he envisioned a cabinet with a rubber trombone, instead of a plastic light gun, with a moving slider.
“I thought it would be funny to imagine someone trying to move the slide in and out on a giant rubber trombone so it matches these giant squiggly lines flying across the screen,” he said.
I wasn’t quite sure what the reaction would be because… it almost always sounds bad.
Dan Vecchito, Champion Developer Trombone
According to Vecchito, who worked on it overnight and over the weekend, developing the game was a relatively easy process.
But the difficult part for Vechito was that he wanted to find songs that would be enjoyable for the player without any royalties. Almost all music is classical and in the public domain.
Initially, Vecchito stated that he feared that actual trombone players might be insulted by the game. However, he said that the trombone players he’s heard from have enjoyed it.
“A game where you play trombone?!?!? Looks like trombone champ was literally made for me,” G4 host and trombonist Austin Creed tweeted,
YouTuber Trombone Timo, a professional trombonist who has a huge following on social media, also enjoyed playing.
“Overall this game is complete garbage – just kidding,” he said in his video review, “this is wonderful.”
His only catch? He said that a trombonist does not move his entire body to reach certain notes the way the game is embodied.
“Also, ‘Tromboner?'” he said, referring to what a player is called in the game. “Let us go… [it’s] Trombonist!”
Many said the game made them laugh out loud.
“Trombone Champ is so funny because an off-key trombone and a fart sound almost exactly the same and therefore almost exactly funny, especially with repetition,” one person said. tweeted,
“Trombone Champion Is Incredible,” Sports Writer Joseph Yaden tweeted, “The funniest game I’ve ever played.”
One reviewer wrote on Steam, “Watched the video from PC Gamer, the video game distribution service platform.
Several tweeted song requests they hope to see one day on “Trombone Champ”. some suggested The game is an “Instant” Game of the Year contender.
Vechito said that due to the overwhelming response, he will continue to update and what he believes is the first trombone-focused game.
The game, which costs $14.99, is available on PC via Steam. Vechito said it plans to release a Mac version and, eventually, a version for the console. The game is currently only available in English, but Vechito has plans to add other languages.
“I always knew the concept was fun,” Vecchito said. “But I’m still really surprised at how viral it has become.”