Columns

Critic Score User Score
PC-98
...
3.6
Game Gear
75
3.6
FM Towns
...
3.6
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Columns MSX Form groups of the same color
Columns MSX Game options
Columns TurboGrafx-16 Main menu
Columns PC-98 Flash mode: only one column matters...

Alternate Titles

  • "コラムス 対戦モード付き" -- PC-88 / PC-98 / X68000 Japanese spelling
  • "Shapes and Columns" -- Brazilian title
  • "コラムス" -- Game Gear / Genesis / MSX / (TurboGrafx-16 back cover / media) Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 31, 2001 B+ 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1990 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Gear Nov, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
Power Play Genesis Sep, 1990 77 out of 100 77
Pixel-Heroes.de TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
VideoGame Game Gear Jan, 1992 7 out of 10 70
Pixel-Heroes.de Genesis Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
SEGA-Portal.de Game Gear Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Wii Dec 05, 2006 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60

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Trivia

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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