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The Tamagotchi Music Star (billed as the Tamagotchi Connection Version 6 or V6 in the Asia/Oceania/Australia region) is a Tamagotchi released on November 28, 2008 in North America, in Europe in January 2009, and in Asia/Oceania/Australia in February 2009. Unlike previously versions of Tamagotchi released in Europe, the Tamagotchi Music Star was not released in Japan.
The Tamagotchi Music Star features a 48x31 screen, similar to the one introduced on the Tamagotchi Connection Version 5, but the shell does not feature an antenna, much like the Tamagotchi Connection and Tamagotchi Connection Version 2. Twelve designs are available in the USA, and 6 in the Asia/Oceania/Australia. The European designs are identical but with minor differences, and an exclusive Pink Glitter design is only available in Argos.
The Tamagotchi starts off with an instrument, toy, and some money. At the toddler stage, the Tamagotchi goes to preschool and receives a new toy. At the teen stage, they go to the Gotchi Performing Arts School (GPAS) and join a band with two other characters. The new band is taught by Classictchi until the band members reach adulthood.
Foods and Items
There are 40 possible items, 2 of which can only be unlocked online. There is a total of 60 food items: 2 which the user always has, and 58 more (29 meals and 29 snacks) that can be purchased at the Shop. At the teen stage onward, the standard meal and snack will no longer fill all hearts, requiring the user to buy food as it grows older.
Every Tamagotchi has different food and object preferences; when given its favorite item, the Tamagotchi will perform its happy animation, and "GREAT!" will appear after it eats its favorite food. Conversely, the Tamagotchi will be sullen and performs an unhappy animation when given disliked items or food. Upon use, favorite items and foods will help the Tamagotchi regain hearts and reduce stress; naturally, disliked items and food have the opposite effect.
Certain items like CDs and Makeup require an additional item - in this case, a stereo and a mirror. If the user's Tamagotchi has a baby and spouse, using items will often include multiple or all members of the household. When the parents leave for Tama Planet, they take all the money but leave the items for their remaining child. Some of the parent's music skills will also be carried over.
Instruments and Toys
On screen, there are always two items present: an instrument on the right of the screen, and a toy on the left. Every 15 minutes, the Tamagotchi will use either of these; instruments will raise skill points but raise stress, and toys will lower stress but raise no skill points and furthermore, the Tamagotchi may be more inclined to play than to practice music. There are 20 toys and 21 instruments.
There are several games; 3 are always available, one available only during the child stage, 1 only available at the teen stage, and 3 more available at the adult and senior stages.
Standard games are playable from the start. They will raise happiness and skill points. They also eliminate stress, but no money is earned.
- Sing A Song - This game will raise the Tone skill. A line of a song is played as a demonstration, and the player must repeat it back using the corresponding buttons for each note. Songs have 10 lines, and they get progressively longer and more difficult.
- Music Notes - This game will raise the Rhythm skill. Music notes fall from the top of the screen, and the player must play the correct notes to make them vanish before they pass a line near the bottom of the screen. The player must scroll through notes using the A button, and select the specific note using B. The game is over after reaching 100 points.
- Sound Block - This game will raise the Original skill. Blocks appear on screen, and the Tamagotchi must jump on them as they appear and vanish in order to reach the goal block and progress to the next round. Blocks have numbers on them, counting down from 3 to 1, and vanish after 1. There are 6 rounds total.
These are games that only appear using the "Away" function during certain stages of growth. The first three games randomly raise skill points although they add stress.
- Jump-Rope - This game is only available to Child stage characters. The player's Tamagotchi and another child will play jump rope until one child loses. To jump, press the A or B button.
- Music Lessons - This game is only available to Teen stage characters. After forming a band, the Tamagotchi and its band members will practice with their instruments. When a music note appears on top of one of the characters, it means that the next note in their part is coming up. When this happens, the user needs to press the corresponding button.
- Music Studio - This game is only available to Adult and Senior stage characters. 3 lines of 4x4 pixel dots will move across the screen. These are notes, beats, or lyrics depending on the instrument, and the player needs to press the corresponding button(s) (A for top row, B for middle, C for bottom) as they line up with the arrow. Missing 2 or more will end the game. There are 2 rounds. In the background, the appropriate music genre will play.
The following games are only available to the Adult and Senior stage characters and do not earn skill points. However, they increase happiness, earn money and eliminate stress.
- Cake Shop - A cake appears on the right side of the screen, and the player must grab the cake with a grabber when it appears. A line of different cakes appear on the bottom of the screen, scrolling from right to left. Press A to speed up the line, and press B to activate the claw. Collecting 16 cakes counts as a perfect game.
- Fruit Harvest - A box appears on the bottom of the screen, showing a variety of fruit. Meanwhile, it will fall from the top of the screen. The player must move the boxes below to line up with the corresponding fruit as the fruit moves towards it. The A button will move the boxes left, and C will move them right. A score of 100 points counts as a perfect game.
Getting a Record Deal
After evolving to adult stage, selecting the "Away" option will result in the band members meeting up, and they will evolve as well. They will then see the teacher, but rather than playing the music lessons game, they will perform in front of three judges. After performing, the judges will each give an "X" or "O". If the result is three "O's", Guitartchi will become the band's new manager. They will then pass "Pro Debut" and then he will give each member of the band 10,000 Gotchi Points. However, if any judge votes down (indicated by an "X"), then the band begins its career as street musicians. If this happens, every once in a while there will be another chance to pass.
After a band's first judged performance, going to the clock screen will show a "Star Ranking" and "Tama Fans" screen, rather than the regular screen displaying a character resembling Petitchi eating music notes. "Tama Fans" foreholds no importance whatsoever except to demonstrate the popularity of the band. "Star Ranking" is more important. If a judged performance failed, it will be viewed as 999th place, and it will stay that way until the band passes. When the band does pass, it will begin to rise. If the Star Ranking has risen to 1st, a "1st Ranking Award" will be claimed at the next concert.
- There is a glitch where if a user's Tamagotchi and its band do not receive a record deal, rather than move to the three buildings, the characters will go back to the music school.
- Another infamous glitch that when the two band members evolve, if the user presses the reset button, the main screen will appear. If the user selects "Away," they may see parts of the original adults' sprites as well as the previous teen characters before they evolve again.
- The teen stage was reduced to 30 hours in this version.