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What’s it about?
'Megastar' is a card game where you try to get the popgroups of which you have the most cards high up the hitparade. Scoring occurs one time at the end of the game. The player who gets the most points, wins.


How does it work?
Cards, representing CDs of the seven groups, are played in one column, indicating the current status of the hitparade. There are cards to the right of this hitparade, indicating the market (i.e. the cards played during the last round).

During his/ her turn, a player has to do following four actions:
1) Play the card he/ she put during the previous turn
Play the card to the left of the hitparade, thus voting for this group.

2) The player picks a card from the market
And put it into his/ her hands.

3) The player draws a card
And put it also into his/ her hands.

4) The player puts a card from his hand, face down on the table
which will be the card played during the next turn.

All this might result in a re-ordening of the hitparade. This will occur when a group gets a third card or when the last card from the market is played. The groups now move up the amount of cards that have been played to it. E.g.: a group with two cards will move two places up.
After the re-ordering, the cards are moved to the market and gameplay continues.

As soon as the drawpile is empty, one last re-ordening is done and points are scored. Cards of the number one group are worth five points each, cards of the second group are worth four points and so on. The last two groups don't score any points. The player with the most points, wins the game.

Where is the fun?
The game has some interesting twists that make it quite interesting. As the game progresses and cards become more and more important, your hand grows larger since you get one card more each turn. Another interesting thing is that if a lot of cards are played next to a group, the group gets higher in the hitparade and more cards become available through the market.
Although both these things feel refreshing, gameplay is a bit dull and sometimes too chaotic. The reordening mechanism allows that groups can move up and down pretty fast which puts the focus of the game in the last two rounds.

Why should I like this?
- Plays fast
- Interesting mechanisms

Why shouldn’t I like this?
- A bit too chaotic
- Limited choices

Final verdict
'Megastar' is a light card game with some interesting mechanics. However during the whole game you don't know whether you are doing well or not. And when the game is over and you have won, you're not sure whether it's by good play or good luck.

Note that this is a review and thus therefore not cover all the rules of the game.
 
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