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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 Arcade Title Screen.
Columns Sharp X68000 Computer opponent - some bald guy
Columns SNES Title Screen
Columns PC-98 Option for single player, standard mode

Promo Images

Columns Screenshot
Columns Screenshot
Columns Screenshot
Columns Screenshot

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 (33)
Columns--a so-so kind of game Genesis paul cairey (359)

Critic Reviews

Sega8bit.com SEGA Master System Nov 06, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Raze SEGA Master System Feb, 1991 90 out of 100 90
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 31, 2001 B+ 83
Sinclair User Arcade Sep, 1990 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx-16 Jul, 1991 8.5 out of 12 71
Pixel-Heroes.de TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
SEGA-Portal.de Game Gear Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Nov, 1990 25 out of 40 62
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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