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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.

Screenshots

Columns Sharp X68000 Normal mode
Columns PC-98 Flash mode: only one column matters...
Columns PC-98 Egyptian look; advanced stage
Columns MSX Do here the same with the orange colored stone. Arrange the orange stone in such a way that it is in the middle.

Promo Images

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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

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User Reviews

More colourful than tetris Genesis emmamomocat (33)
Columns--a so-so kind of game Genesis paul cairey (359)

Critic Reviews

Sega8bit.com SEGA Master System Nov 06, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Power Play Arcade Jun, 1990 4 out of 5 80
Sinclair User Arcade Sep, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Megablast Game Gear 1992 76 out of 100 76
VideoGame Game Gear Jan, 1992 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Wii Dec 18, 2006 5.9 out of 10 59
Defunct Games TurboGrafx-16 Feb 07, 2009 C 50
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Mar 28, 2006 4.2 out of 10 42
Sega-16.com Genesis Jul 31, 2004 3 out of 10 30

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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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