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Columns

MobyRank MobyScore
TurboGrafx-16
...
4.0
SNES
...
3.1
MSX
...
3.6
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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 MSX Title screen
Columns Arcade The level is building up.
Columns SEGA Master System Stage 1
Columns MSX Loading screen

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

Sega8bit.com SEGA Master System Nov 06, 2004 10 out of 10 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Nov, 1990 11 out of 12 92
1UP! Genesis May 18, 2009 87 out of 100 87
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Pixel-Heroes.de Genesis Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Power Play SEGA Master System Dec, 1990 63 out of 100 63
VideoGame SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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

Forums

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distinctive music 2 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (56778)
Aug 20, 2013
AI rating 2 thf (153818)
Dec 26, 2010

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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