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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 FM Towns Game in progress
Columns PC-98 Egyptian look; advanced stage
Columns Genesis Single player menu options screen 1.
Columns MSX Put the next blocks with the blue stones at the bottom and all the connected precious blue stones will disappear.

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

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Nov, 1990 11 out of 12 92
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 31, 2001 B+ 83
IGN Wii Dec 05, 2006 7 out of 10 70 Game Gear Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70 TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
VideoGame Game Gear Jan, 1992 7 out of 10 70 Genesis Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70 SEGA Master System Oct 11, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System Sep, 1990 22 out of 40 55 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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