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The internet’s new favorite video game is like ‘Guitar Hero’ but with trombones

A new rhythm game called “Trombone Champ” has struck a chord with users online, bringing the kind of much-needed levity to the Internet that only a trombone can. numerous videos have been shared On social media the past few days of avatars blowing their trombones with unbridled joy. And the little developer behind the game is now racing to adapt to strong demand.

Developer Holy Wow Studios’ ‘Trombone Champ’ allows players to ‘honk, blow and honk’ their virtual trombones to more than 20 songs, including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the American National Anthem.

“I quickly prototyped what people thought was funny online and started working on a full game,” Dan Vecchito, game designer and developer behind Holy Wow, told CNN Business. “I thought it would take about six months, but the whole process from start to finish took four years (with lots of starts and stops).”

The game itself is remarkably simple: slide the mouse up and down very quickly to adjust the pitch while long-pressing a button to play along with music. This is accompanied by images of cartoonish, memeable characters playing along on trombones, as well as a few jokes about the word “toot” and facts about trombones throughout history. (“Did you know that early Renaissance and Baroque trombones are sometimes called ‘sackbuts’?””)

The game was released last week on Steam for PC ($14.99), and a Mac version is expected soon. But its comedic appeal seems to have already made it a viral success. PCGamer, a gaming publication, described it as an “immediate” contender for game of the year.

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In the words of one reviewer on Steam, “Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t toot.”

Before launching the game, Vecchito was concerned about how people would react.

“I wasn’t sure how people would react to the game because it’s almost impossible to make the trombone sound ‘good’,” he said. “I was also worried that real trombone players would complain about how unrealistic the trombone control is — it plays more like a slide whistle than a trombone.”

Now Holy Wow faces another problem: strong demand.

“[A]At the moment, Holy Wow is mainly a one-man operation. And it’s not even our first gig! We work full-time jobs”, the company tweeted on Thursday. “Needless to say, based on the few days, we plan to take the game further than we originally planned.”

“It’s going to take us a few weeks to get our lives in order and deal with the huge demand this game has generated!” the developer tweeted. “Please be patient.”

— CNN’s Samantha Kelly contributed to this report.



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