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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.

Screenshots

Columns Genesis Near to lose...
Columns PC-98 Flash mode: only one column matters...
Columns MSX Level difficulty
Columns Genesis A single player game.

Promo Images

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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

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User Reviews

More colourful than tetris Genesis emmamomocat (30)
Columns--a so-so kind of game Genesis paul cairey (317)

Critic Reviews

Mean Machines SEGA Master System Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jan 23, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Gear Nov, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx-16 Jul, 1991 8.5 out of 12 71
VideoGame Game Gear Jan, 1992 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Nov, 1990 25 out of 40 62
VideoGame SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Sega-16.com SEGA Master System Oct 11, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Wii Dec 18, 2006 5.9 out of 10 59

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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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