Columns

Critic Score User Score
Sharp X68000
...
...
Arcade
...
2.4
SEGA Master System
68
3.4
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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 PC-88 Flash mode
Columns FM Towns Title screen
Columns Sharp X68000 Every 5 stages there's a bonus round
Columns Game Gear Time 0:15

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

Sega8bit.com SEGA Master System Nov 06, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis 1990 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Oct, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Genesis Sep, 1990 77 out of 100 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx-16 Jul, 1991 8.5 out of 12 71
VideoGame Game Gear Jan, 1992 7 out of 10 70
Pixel-Heroes.de TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Game Gear Sep, 1991 680 out of 1000 68
GameSpot Wii Dec 18, 2006 5.9 out of 10 59

Forums

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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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