Trombone Champ asked a very simple, but fundamental question: What would happen if you played trombone?
If you’ve played Guitar Hero or Rock Band games before, then you know how challenging instrumental rhythm games can be. Trombone Champ does a similar hit but for the gorgeous wind instrument, and instead of rock music, you’ll be playing strong hits like Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” literally Beethoven, and “The National Anthem.” (Try getting those tunes out of your head.) This rhythm game was released a week ago, but it really started taking Twitter by storm the following Wednesday. PC Gamers discovered it.
The game is quite difficult. You use the mouse to slide the pitch up or down; you must press the correct pitch box, then hold down a button on the mouse or a key from the keyboard for the appropriate amount of time. Here’s the kicker: The slider moves in the opposite direction, top to bottom, from the way you move your own mouse. It’s a small difference that disorients you enough to play harder songs, especially at the speeds demanded by rhythm games.
Fortunately, the game is more fun when you’re not really playing it well, as the trombone plays its light notes in line with whatever note you’re playing. This all happens on the actual backing track, with your trombone playing the main tune, as if you were creating your own version. Matt Mulholland’s tape recorder demo by Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic ship.
The difficulty varies from song to song, with some forcing you to jump staccato across the screen and others causing you to slide down while holding down a note. Play well and you will get “perfect” or “nice” feedback; messed up and the game will declare it as “nasty.” Either way, these songs only get harder to play when tears are dazzled – or in my case, while rubbing my own head in laughter.
Like PC Gamers have shown that these performances are only enhanced by the game’s visual selection of backdrops for each stunning selection. The US national anthem is accompanied by an image of the US flag, which then turns into a pile of money, before finally giving way to a giant burger and fries combo topped with. PC Gamer also noted right Trombone Champ as an instant GOTY candidate.
A similar strategy is mentioned when “Christ saves the Queen”.
Trombone Champ is really the only game I wish I had done. It was completely outside the god level of this world. God damn it.
– Liam Edwards ⛳️ GOLF GOLF NOW ⛳️ (@LiamBME) September 21, 2022
In this writer’s humble opinion, there is no song that can’t be improved with a terrible trombone playing. (Who am I kidding – there is no such thing as a bad trombone in the world of Trombone Champ. We are all champions here.)
You can also play the game using the Steam Deck’s gyro controls, if you’re – for some reason – looking for an extra challenge.
Guitar Hero may have “heroes” in its name, but the real heroes are all of you, post these Trombone Champ clip. Please never stop.