Columns

Critic Score User Score
Game Gear
75
3.6
Genesis
72
3.5
Arcade
...
2.4
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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 PC-98 "Plain" look; almost dead!
Columns Genesis Magic Jewel
Columns PC-88 Normal mode
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-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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Sega8bit.com SEGA Master System Nov 06, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis 1990 90 out of 100 90
1UP! Genesis May 18, 2009 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Oct, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 84 out of 100 84
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 31, 2001 B+ 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1990 10 out of 12 83
Pixel-Heroes.de TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
IGN Wii Dec 05, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Mar 28, 2006 4.2 out of 10 42

Forums

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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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