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Chartbuster - ASL Pastimes, 1970

Spin into the pop record scene. Enjoy the thrills of auditions, contracts, hit records and top 20 theatre bookings. This game was first published by ASL Pastimes in 1970, at a time when the pop music charts were exploding in popularity, after the era of Radio Caroline and the launch of Radio 1.


There are two slightly different versions of Chartbuster. The first version had an image of a plain vinyl record in the centre of the box lid. In the second version, published shortly after the first, the vinyl record was replaced with a picture of Tony Blackburn, when he officially endorsed the game. The amount of cards and playing pieces are the same in both versions, but there are minor tweeks to the rules and wording, in addition to the slightly different artwork on the lid.

Players move around the board by either one or two squares per turn. It is not decided by a die. You make records and receive agency bookings as you go, earning money by receiving performance fees or selling your car if you are broke! The winner is the first player to reach number one in the charts and sell a million records.

Game Details

Game: Chartbuster
Company: ASL Pastimes
Players: 2-6
Year: 1970

Game Contents

A fully complete game will have the following contents.

1 game board
6 playing counters
12 car cards
12 record title cards
48 record sales cards (blue)
24 agency bookings cards (orange)
36 diversion cards (pink)
Money in denominations of £10, £50, £100, £500, £1,000, £5,000, £10,000
1 set of rules (either a leaflet, or written on the inside of the box lid)