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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 Sharp X68000 Every 5 stages there's a bonus round
Columns PC-98 Vs. mode
Columns Sharp X68000 Title screen
Columns TurboGrafx-16 Game over

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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More colourful than tetris Genesis emmamomocat (30)
Columns--a so-so kind of game Genesis paul cairey (321)

Critic Reviews

1UP! Genesis May 18, 2009 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Gear Nov, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
Power Play Genesis Sep, 1990 77 out of 100 77
Megablast Game Gear 1992 76 out of 100 76
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
VideoGame Game Gear Jan, 1992 7 out of 10 70 Game Gear Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Wii Dec 05, 2006 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System Sep, 1990 22 out of 40 55


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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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