Trombone Champ is the magnum opus of trombone rhythm games
What’s taking the internet by storm is a recent release Trombone Champion.
This is a musical rhythm game where you play the trombone. Sounds easy, right?
you are wrong. Although some of the most famous classical pieces are included, like Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and even the national anthem, no amount of musical knowledge can save you.
The story is silly (you need to brag and improve to get baboon approval?) but the game knows it’s not serious and adapts well to it. Combine that with the incredibly flat notes you can produce and a Mii-style trombone, and you’ve got the perfect pitch game.
Trombone Champ is designed to imitate every part of playing the trombone. You can control the pitch by sliding the mouse up and down (inverted by default, which I had to change immediately), and then pressing a key while the bar moves along the screen so you can play it.
Compared to other rhythm games, this is where Trombone Champ really shines. You can play any pitch at any time. A note does not need to be within the strike zone to sound. Trombone Champ also doesn’t stay within the usual chromatic scale we’re used to hearing in music, so you can experience all the dreaded off-key tones.
Another thing that differentiates the Trombone Champ is the swipe. The trombone glides over the notes very smoothly, and you can do that here too, if you want. If there are two unconnected consecutive notes that are far apart in height from each other, you can hold the key and slide the cursor over it. As long as you’re breathing enough to complete the phrase, you’re good to go!
Yes, there’s a respirometer to contend with. It’s like a real-life trombone player who has to learn to control their breathing and figure out phrasing in a piece so they know when to breathe without disrupting what they’re playing.
I consider myself good at classical music. I’ve been playing the piano since I was a kid, and even took some in college, but my efforts have always been… jarring. I had excellent results in warm-ups that included some basic scales and arpeggios, but other than that, I’ve struggled to beat the B grades in the tracks I’ve tried.
You can earn beeps by playing tracks, which you can then use to buy sacks. Each sack contains four cards, which are the game’s collectibles. It looks like there are 50 in total, and so far I can tell you they consist of instruments, composers, musical clefs, hot dogs, and red-eyed black baboons (“one of the most powerful trombonist cards”). You can sell duplicate cards in exchange for poop. However, I don’t know what these mean.
There’s also a screen to choose your trombone after you’ve selected a track to play, which seems to suggest that various instruments and orchestral sections could be unlocked further in the game or haven’t been added yet.Roadmap published by developers holy wow Lists upcoming updates planned.
I can’t help but think Sing Nessun Dorma While I was playing with this, I had to admit. According to the developers, in free improv mode (where you can play whatever you want without the scoring system and music), if you hit the backslash key, you can get a green screen background. If I knew how to edit video, I would definitely add Sweep to this game. Also, I’m pretty sure he’d be interested in hot dogs…
Secret feature in Trombone Champ: If you press the backslash key in the ‘Free Improvisation’ screen, you can toggle between a fuchsia or green background. This allows you to easily cut out backgrounds and make fun videos! pic.twitter.com/qx204KZcvY
— Holy Wow (🎺TROMBONE CHAMP is now available!) (@HolyWowStudios) September 18, 2022