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Trombone Champ is my new favourite rhythm game

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Discover the mysterious of the Trombiverse in Trombone Champ, a new hilarious rhythm game and absolutely now a clear favourite of mine. Come listen to me destroy it. Note: personal purchase.

Released on Steam on September 16th, the developer says it's "the world's first trombone-based rhythm music game. Unlike most music games, you can freely play any note at any time. You're not just following along with the music, you're actually playing the music".

I came across a lot of noise about it on Twitter, including a Valve developer giving it a go on Steam Deck. I thought it looked and sounded hilarious and so I just had to give this one a go myself with the gyro controls on Steam Deck and it's as completely ridiculous as you might think but it wouldn't take all that much practice to get really good at it I think.

Here's a video of me committing musical murder:

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Game Features:

  • Toot your way through over 20 tracks. The better you play, the more toots you earn!
  • Collect all 50 Tromboner Cards!
  • Baboons on nearly every screen!
  • Improvise and play whatever you want in Freeplay Mode!
  • Uncover the secrets of the Trombiverse and become the True Trombone Champ!
  • Absolutely zero microtransactions!
  • Playable with mouse and keyboard (recommended) or USB controllers (coming after launch)!
  • Appropriate for all ages!

It works great on Steam Deck out of the box and on my Fedora Linux desktop it worked just as well there with Proton 7 using mouse controls. Although for mouse controls, they're inverted by default which felt pretty terrible but thankfully in the settings they do let you put it normal which felt better. Overall though, I had far more fun with it on Steam Deck with gyro than I did on desktop.

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const 26 Sep
Quoting: PhiladelphusStop, Liam! My sides can only take so much laughter! 😂 Not at your playing (I certainly wouldn't be any better), just at the entire inherently hilarious concept. It's funny because just this weekend I was idly musing about games being developed for the Deck where its gyroscope would be an important part of the game, and here one is!

Ha, and I searched for a fun, super casual rhythmgame for the Deck for a while.
We played it with two people yesterday, just switching after every run and couldn't stop laughing :)
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: brokeassbenIt's like Liam hates Canada. What did Canada do to you???
Speaking as a Canadian, I quite enjoyed his, um, tribute, to my country.

Haha. It sounded exactly like how I sing the anthem!
Pengling 27 Sep
Oh man, this was some funny viewing! I like a good rhythm-game every now and then so I'll definitely have to look into this one more!
I had to go and watch Liam's video again, I got that much enjoyment from it. Does anyone know if they happen to have plans for support for custom songs or multiplayer? 'cause that might be an insta-buy for me.
const 27 Sep
Quoting: PhiladelphusI had to go and watch Liam's video again, I got that much enjoyment from it. Does anyone know if they happen to have plans for support for custom songs or multiplayer? 'cause that might be an insta-buy for me.

No idea about custom songs. I sure hope so. Had some fun with freeplay mode and spotify in the background. Found this might actually be a valid musical instrument. We sometimes have jam sessions in the house and I seriously consider hooking this up for it :D

I don't think real-time multiplayer is on the table because it would sound so horribly, it wasn't even fun any more. Turn-table multiplayer is really really great already. Maybe video could be streamed to a TV in larger groups so everyone can see what you are supposed to do and what crazy stuff is happening in the background.


Last edited by const on 27 September 2022 at 8:01 am UTC
You're telling me you don't want a four-part trombone ensemble playing along to the same song, perhaps with different parts? That sounds amazing!

Well, OK, with people's general skill level it would probably sound cacophonic. But I bet with the right people it'd be a rip-roaring raucous good time!
Quoting: Philadelphusit would probably sound cacophonic.
As I recall, he played a lyre, not a trombone.
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Philadelphusit would probably sound cacophonic.
As I recall, he played a lyre, not a trombone.
Wait, you're telling me trombones aren't just modern lyres?!?
Quoting: Philadelphus
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Philadelphusit would probably sound cacophonic.
As I recall, he played a lyre, not a trombone.
Wait, you're telling me trombones aren't just modern lyres?!?
Apparently in organology (something I had never heard of before five minutes ago) lyres are part of the zither family.
Ahh, I just wanted to say "zither". Zither, zither, zither . . .
const 7 Oct
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Philadelphus
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Philadelphusit would probably sound cacophonic.
As I recall, he played a lyre, not a trombone.
Wait, you're telling me trombones aren't just modern lyres?!?
Apparently in organology (something I had never heard of before five minutes ago) lyres are part of the zither family.
Ahh, I just wanted to say "zither". Zither, zither, zither . . .
I remember a family trip to a tavern in the black forest where someone very very old played the zither, like super epic.


Last edited by const on 7 October 2022 at 1:01 pm UTC
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