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Columns

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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 TurboGrafx-16 Playing in arcade mode
Columns FM Towns Game in progress
Columns Sharp X68000 Title screen
Columns Game Gear Suits

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
Génération 4 Game Gear Nov, 1990 9 out of 10 90
1UP! Genesis May 18, 2009 87 out of 100 87
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 31, 2001 B+ 83
Megablast Game Gear 1992 76 out of 100 76
Pixel-Heroes.de TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
SEGA-Portal.de Game Gear Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Game Gear Sep, 1991 680 out of 1000 68
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Nov, 1990 25 out of 40 62
Sega-16.com SEGA Master System Oct 11, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 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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