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Columns

MobyRank MobyScore
FM Towns
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Genesis
73
3.5
PC-88
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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 Sharp X68000 Options screen, there's 4 columns & background styles
Columns Genesis Alternate title screen.
Columns Genesis Title Screen
Columns Genesis First piece

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
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Arcade Jun, 1990 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Genesis Sep, 1990 77 out of 100 77
SEGA-Portal.de Game Gear Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
VideoGame Game Gear Jan, 1992 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Nov, 1990 25 out of 40 62
GameSpot Wii Dec 18, 2006 5.9 out of 10 59
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System Sep, 1990 22 out of 40 55
Sega-16.com Genesis Jul 31, 2004 3 out of 10 30

Forums

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AI rating 2 thf (156374)
Dec 26, 2010

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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