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Columns

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Gear
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3.7
SNES
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3.1
Nintendo 3DS
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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 Option for single player, standard mode
Columns Sharp X68000 Title screen
Columns Sharp X68000 Every 5 stages there's a bonus round
Columns Arcade Select Level.

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

Génération 4 Game Gear Nov, 1990 9 out of 10 90
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
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
Megablast Game Gear 1992 76 out of 100 76
VideoGame Game Gear Jan, 1992 7 out of 10 70
Pixel-Heroes.de Genesis Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
SEGA-Portal.de Game Gear Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Sega-16.com SEGA Master System Oct 11, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Sega-16.com Genesis Jul 31, 2004 3 out of 10 30

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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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