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Columns is loosely derived from Tetris, as it involves arranging falling blocks in such a way as to clear them. However, in columns they are groups of 3 same-size but varying color blocks, which must be arranged into sequences of 3 or more, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Sequences of 4 or 5 count for double or triple points, and diagonal sequences score the most. The real trick is to set up 'combos' - where one line causes other blocks to drop so as to create other lines.

As well as the normal game mode, there is also a 'flash' mode, in which the aim is simply to remove a particular block from the base of the pre-formed pile of bricks. The difficulty of this can be determined by increasing the number of complete rows which are already in place.


Columns Genesis Single player menu options screen 1.
Columns MSX The brown gems dissapear
Columns Sharp X68000 Normal mode
Columns TurboGrafx-16 Playing in arcade mode

Alternate Titles

  • "コラムス 対戦モード付き" -- PC-98 title
  • "Shapes and Columns" -- Brazilian title
  • "コラムス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

More colourful than tetris Genesis emmamomocat (30)
Columns--a so-so kind of game Genesis paul cairey (321)

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Nov, 1990 11 out of 12 92
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
1UP! Genesis May 18, 2009 87 out of 100 87
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 31, 2001 B+ 83
Power Play Genesis Sep, 1990 77 out of 100 77
Pixel-Heroes.de Genesis Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
SEGA-Portal.de Game Gear Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Pixel-Heroes.de TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Wii Dec 05, 2006 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
GameSpot Wii Dec 18, 2006 5.9 out of 10 59


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1001 Video Games

Columns appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
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