Music Rhythm Game Trombone Champ (opens in new tab) Became a star on Twitter yesterday, but in a good way.After posting a video of themselves playing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, many people were ecstatic, enthusiastic, and even moved to tears (because how badly i played (opens in new tab)).
But Trombone Champ is more than just a fast-paced, fun and silly music game. There’s a way, not just trying to follow William Tell Overture, Hawa Naguila, and Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik’s trap combo. There’s a dramatic Dark Souls-like cutscene intro, lots of secrets and mysteries with unlockable trombones, a poop-based card creation system, a summonable demon, tons of trombone lore, a lot about how many hot dog legends there are The information trombone players can eat in one go, and there’s more to the baboon than you’d expect in a music game. (I wish there were zero baboons in the music game. I’d go a long way.)
question? Yes. I have a lot. Fortunately, Trombone Champ creator Dan Vecchitto of developer Holy Wow Studios agreed to answer some of these questions, starting with the game’s origins.
Vecchitto said he did 95% of the work on the game, while his wife Jackie assisted with the art and assets, he told me he thinks the spark came after building the arcade cabinet for the early Holy Wow games, Typing Party by Icarus Proudbottom.
“I suddenly thought of an arcade cabinet with a giant rubber (it had to be soft rubber) trombone controller, and the player was desperately trying to match a bunch of curved note lines,” Vecchitto said.
He later realized that moving the mouse forward and back could mimic the sliding in and out behavior of moving a trombone, eliminating the need for an actual trombone-like controller. After piecing together a prototype of Trombone Champ, he decided to make it into a full game. “I thought it would only take a few months to make, but oops! It ended up taking about 4 years,” he said.
Despite no personal trombone experience (Vecchitto does play the saxophone and clarinet), the game has been embraced by real-life trombone players – even after launch trailer In 2020, some were quick to point out that the character wasn’t holding the trombone properly. (It has now been fixed.)
“Honestly, I hope real trombonists will hate this game, because it’s not even realistic. But their reaction has been very positive!” Vecchitto said. “I’m not sure if being a trombonist will make you better [at Trombone Champ], but it will definitely make you more keen to see the trombone in video games. “
Although Trombone Champ is a fully released game, Vecchitto plans to continue expanding it with improvements, language localization (currently only in English), and leaderboards so players can compare their playing abilities with their friends. He also hopes to offer players a way to import their own tracks in the future, as Beat Saber does, although at this stage he’s not sure how it will work. “Once we figure it out, it’s definitely going to be on the card!” he said.
Many more songs are being added to Trombone Champ’s current 20 track list. “I really wanted to add a rap song,” Vecchitto said. “I had a pretty solid idea for a track called ‘The Trombone Trap,’ although I’ve never had the time to record it because I can’t rap and don’t know who would volunteer to rap for a trombone track.”
Other upcoming songs will include additional national anthems. The game currently includes Stars and Stripes, Stars and Stripes Forever, God Save the King, and O Canada, but plans to include national anthems from more countries as more localizations are added. Other possibilities for future songs include Happy Birthday, the Mexican Hat Dance (Jarabe Tapatío) and — cheer up — Flight of the Bumblebee. Best to start building your wrist and finger muscles for that.
I also asked Vecchitto about his first three wishlist songs, if licensing fees and other legal issues were completely off the table.
“I’m an obsessive music nerd and would love to include tracks from artists I’m obsessed with,” he said. “Todd Rundgren’s Zen Archer, Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Le Femme Chinoise, maybe Deerhoof’s work, or Rupa’s Disco Jazz’s Aai Shanibar.”
Vecchitto said he also hopes to continue working with musician and producer Max Tundra, who wrote a song called “Long Tail Limbo” for Trombone Champ. “If anyone is reading this, buy his three big records now. We’re talking about a guy Who got 9+ Pitchfork points (opens in new tab)…somehow he was on the Trombone Champ soundtrack. excellent. “
Eagle-eyed trombonists may have noticed several (a dozen) references to baboons in the game, such as the legendary baboon mentioned in the intro to the game, several collectible and craftable baboon cards, A shady room accessed from the main menu that contains a mysterious baboon stereotype, a “Number of Baboons” setting, and a full song about baboons called “Baboo!” (Sample lyrics: “Babooooons. Baboooooons. Ba. Ba-boons. Ba… ba-boons.”)
Surprisingly, Tromone Champ’s obsession with baboons stems from a feature that doesn’t even appear in the end game. During early development, Vecchitto planned to have three difficulty levels for each song. Although the idea was eventually abandoned, it still had a huge impact, as far as the baboons were concerned.
“I’d like to call the easy difficulty ‘baby’ and the hardest difficulty ‘crazy.’ But I’ve been struggling with what I call medium difficulty,” Vecchitto said. “It has to be a word that starts with a ‘B’. At some point I thought: If the standard difficulty is called ‘Baboon’, what if the difficulty is ‘Baboon’, ‘Baboon’ and ‘Crazy’?
“Since then, I became obsessed with adding as many ‘baboons’ to the game as possible. When I finally decided to make the storyline a weird parody of Dark Souls, I realized that having ‘original baboons’ was a perfect.”
I also asked Vecchitto a question I always ask at the end of interviews because I’m a terrible interviewer: I didn’t ask the question you wanted me to ask, what was your answer? Fortunately, he was prepared for such an eventuality.
“Goku or Vegeta?” Vecchitto said. “I would definitely say Goku, but Jackie would say Vegeta. I also had to specify Japanese Goku, because Japanese Goku is totally different from English Goku. English Goku is a bit boring and sounds like a nerd; Japanese Goku sounds like a goblin , and more stupid; the translation always removes jokes that make Goku look very stupid.
“If we had to compare British Goku to British Vegeta? … then Vegeta might win because he has more energy and magnetism. Although, even there, I’d say I’m more Love the Japanese Vegeta, whose voice is more clever and sly, and the British Vegeta sounding like any swamp-standard cartoon villain.”
Finally, how many hot dogs can the makers of Trombone Champ eat at a time?
Dan: “More than nine thousand.”
I’m glad we clarified this.you can find trombone champions on Steam (opens in new tab).