Trombone Champ is the internet’s new favorite video game. The developer never expected toots to go viral.

Trombone Champ is the internet’s new favorite video game.  The developer never expected toots to go viral.

Trombone Champ is the newest thing that video game players can’t put down – even if those around them wanted 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 the mouse up and down to synchronize with the notes on the screen. Mouse movements are reversed, adding another level of difficulty.

The game, released on September 15, went viral this week after people online – ranging from video game reviewers to real ones trombone players — began posting recordings of themselves playing.

The result? Lots of hype, for songs like the national anthem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, and subsequent laughter from people on the internet.

Dan Vecchitto, the game’s developer, said he never expected it to become the internet’s new source of laughter. In fact, Vecchitto, whose full-time job is in web design, expected a much smaller group of enthusiasts.

“Obviously I’m super happy about it and a little relieved,” Vecchitto said with a laugh. “I wasn’t sure what the answer would be because…it almost always sounds bad.”

Vecchitto, who says he develops video games as a hobby, doesn’t even play the trombone.

He came up with the idea for the Trombone Champ four years ago, inspired by traditional arcade cabinets. Vecchitto said he envisioned a cabinet that, instead of a lightweight plastic pistol, had a rubber trombone with a slider attached to it.

“I thought it would be funny to imagine someone trying to move a giant rubber trombone slide in and out so that it matches these giant wavy lines flying across the screen,” he said.

Developing the game was a relatively smooth process, according to Vecchitto, who worked on it in the evenings and on weekends.

But the tricky part for Vecchitto was that he wanted to find music that was player-friendly without having to pay royalties. Almost all music is classical and in the public domain.

The game features an original piece by a London artist Max Tundracalled “Long Tail Limbo”.

Initially, Vecchitto said he feared that true trombonists might be insulted by the game. However, he said that most trombonists he heard of liked it.

“A GAME WHERE YOU PLAY THE TROMBONE?!?!? It feels like the Trombone Champ was literally made for me”, introduces the G4 and trombonist. Austin Creed tweeted.

YouTuber Trombone Timo, a professional trombonist with a huge following on social media, also enjoyed playing.

“Overall, this game is complete garbage – just kidding,” he said in his video review. “It is wonderful.”

Your only complaints? A trombonist doesn’t move his entire body to hit certain notes like the game’s avatar does, he said.

“Also, ‘tromboner?'” he added, referring to the player’s in-game name. “Come on … [it’s] trombonist!”

Many said the game made them laugh out loud.

“Trombone Champ is so funny because the sound of an out-of-tune trombone and a fart is almost exactly the same and therefore almost as funny, especially with repetition,” one person tweeted.

“Trombone Champ is unbelievable,” wrote game writer Joseph Yaden tweeted. “The funniest game I’ve ever played.”

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“saw the video from pc gamer.. hurt my belly from laughing so much.. bought the game on a toot.. played it myself.. now my index finger is hurting and my belly hurts even more,” wrote a reviewer on steam, the video game distribution service platform.

Many have tweeted requests for songs they hoped to one day see on “Trombone Champ.” Any suggested the game is an “instant” contender for Game of the Year.

Vecchitto said that because of the overwhelming response, he will continue to update and tweak what he believes is the first 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. Currently, the game is also only available in English, but Vecchitto plans to add other languages.

“I always knew the concept was funny,” said Vecchitto. “But I’m still really surprised at how viral it’s become.”

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