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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 Title Screen
Columns PC-98 "Symbols" look: beginning
Columns PC-98 High score
Columns Genesis Scoring

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

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis 1990 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Genesis Sep, 1990 77 out of 100 77
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
IGN Wii Dec 05, 2006 7 out of 10 70 SEGA Master System Oct 11, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
VideoGame SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Wii Dec 18, 2006 5.9 out of 10 59
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Mar 28, 2006 4.2 out of 10 42 Genesis Jul 31, 2004 3 out of 10 30


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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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