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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 Genesis The tutorial cinematic.
Columns TurboGrafx-16 Playing in arcade mode
Columns Game Gear Options Screen
Columns Arcade Your can make a line.

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 (323)

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Nov, 1990 11 out of 12 92
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Nov, 1990 11 out of 12 92
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 Game Gear Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70 Genesis Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Wii Dec 05, 2006 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
GameSpot Wii Dec 18, 2006 5.9 out of 10 59
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Mar 28, 2006 4.2 out of 10 42 Genesis Jul 31, 2004 3 out of 10 30


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distinctive music 2 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (52489)
Aug 20, 2013
AI rating 2 joyvalley (148936)
Dec 26, 2010


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