Trombone Champ is the latest in video game players who can’t be put down – even if those around them want to.
Developed by Holy Wow Studios, the rhythm-based video game is similar to Guitar Hero – but replaces guitar with trombone. The avatar plays the trombone while the player moves the mouse up and down to sync with the beats on the screen. Mouse movements are reversed, which adds another level of difficulty.
The game, which was released on September 15, went viral this week after people online — from video game reviewers to reality. Trombone players – they started posting recordings of themselves playing it.
Results? Lots of sounds, for songs like National Anthem and Beethoven’s No. 5 Symphony, and subsequent laughs from people on the internet.
Dan Fichetto, the game’s developer, said he never expected it to become the internet’s newest source of laughter. In fact, Vecchitto, who works full time in web design, expected a much smaller group of enthusiasts.
“Obviously I’m very happy about it and a little relieved,” Ficheto said with a laugh. “I wasn’t quite sure what the response would be because…it always looks bad.”
Ficheto, who said he develops video games as a hobby, doesn’t even play trombone.
He came up with the idea for Trombone Champ four years ago, taking inspiration from traditional arcade cabinets. Fischito said he imagined a cabinet in which, instead of a light plastic gun, a rubber trombone with a movable slider attached to it.
“I thought it would be funny to imagine someone trying to move the slider on a giant rubber trombone in and out, so it kind of matches these giant zigzag lines flying across the screen,” he said.
I wasn’t quite sure what the response would be because…it always looks bad.
Dan Fichetto, Champ Trombone Developer
The development of the game was a relatively smooth process, according to Viquito, who worked on it nights and weekends.
But the tricky part for Vikito was that he wanted to find songs that would be fun for the player without having to pay any fees. Almost all music is classical and in the public domain.
The game features an original one-piece by a London-based artist Max TundraIt is called “Long-Tail Limbo”.
At first, Veketo said he feared the game would insult actual trombone players. However, he said most trombone players he’d heard of enjoyed it.
“A game where you play the trombone?!?!? It feels like Trombone Champ was made for me,” G4 host and trombone player Austin Creed tweeted.
He also enjoyed playing YouTuber Trombone Timo, a professional trombone player with a large following on social media.
“All in all, this game is complete rubbish – just kidding,” he said in his video review. “It’s wonderful.”
His only fist? He said the trombonist doesn’t move his entire body to reach certain tones the way a game avatar does.
“Also, trombonier?” , referring to the name of the player in the game. “Come on … [it’s] Trombone player! “
Many said the game made them laugh out loud.
“The trombone champ is so funny because the separate trombone and the fart sound almost exactly the same and therefore totally funny, especially with the repetition,” one person chirp.
Incredible Trombone Champ, Game Writer Joseph Yaden tweeted. “The funniest game I’ve ever played.”
One commenter wrote on Steam, the video game distribution service platform.
He tweeted several song requests they hoped to see one day on “Trombone Champ.” some I suggested The game is the “instant” game competition of the year.
Because of the overwhelming response, Vecchitto said, he will continue to update and modify what he believes to be the first-ever trombone-centric game.
The game, which costs $14.99, is available on PC via Steam. Vecchitto said he plans to release a Mac version, and eventually a console version. The game is currently only available in English, but Vecchitto has plans to add other languages.
“I’ve always known the concept is funny,” Fischito said. “But I’m still really amazed at how contagious the virus is.”
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