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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 PC-98 Play against computer or another player
Columns SEGA Master System Stage 1
Columns Game Gear Suits again
Columns Game Gear Options Screen

Promo Images

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Columns Screenshot
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Columns Screenshot

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 Group

User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Génération 4 Game Gear Nov, 1990 9 out of 10 90
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
1UP! Genesis May 18, 2009 87 out of 100 87
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 31, 2001 B+ 83
Nintendo Life Wii Dec 05, 2006 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60 SEGA Master System Oct 11, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Sega Does Game Gear Oct 31, 2016 C+ 58
Sega Does SEGA Master System Oct 31, 2016 C+ 58
Defunct Games TurboGrafx-16 Feb 07, 2009 C 50
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Mar 28, 2006 4.2 out of 10 42


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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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