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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Trombone Champ (2022) is a rhythm-action game where you play a trombone in time to on-screen directions. Play is unlike other music games, because you can play a trombone note at any time and the focus is on fun musicality rather than accuracy. It stands out because of how approachable it is, and how anyone can create a rendition of classic songs with little experience.

You work through a growing number of tracks, aiming to hit both the note (controlled by the mouse position) and the blowing (controlled by a button. The challenge it combining the note position to match the note-track of the song and then timing when and how long to blow.

Though it probably won't help you clear the hardest songs, Steam Deck designer Lawrance Yang recently tweeted out footage of him playing the game using the system's gyro controls. They "may not be the most accurate for Trombone Champ," he said, "but they're definitely the most fun."

The results is a game that is as endearing as it is frustrating. Although many younger players (and adults) find this really tricky to play, the result of their efforts that can be shared online are surprisingly compelling to watch. It's a great game to watch as well as play, particularly if the player commits to singing the lyrics while they play.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Trombone Champ 19 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Rhythm game with Physically Active elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. On Switch you can play 4 players. Each player uses one Joy-Con half.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need some co-ordination between mouse movement and button pressing. But they can have a lot of fun even if they don't get it right. There's also a Free Improvisation mode that works well for youngsters.

CostsCosts

Trombone Champ usually costs £11.39.
 

Trombone Champ

Steam Store PC £11.39
Switch Store Switch -
App Store Mac -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/09/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Physically Active

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Grid

Developer: Holy Wow Studios (@HolyWowStudios)


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