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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 Sharp X68000 Options screen, there's 4 columns & background styles
Columns SEGA Master System Title screen
Columns TurboGrafx-16 Game over
Columns TurboGrafx-16 Title 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

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)

The Press Says

Raze SEGA Master System Feb, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1990 10 out of 12 83
Power Play Arcade Jun, 1990 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Genesis Sep, 1990 77 out of 100 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Oct, 1990 9 out of 12 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Nov, 1990 25 out of 40 62
VideoGame SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System Sep, 1990 22 out of 40 55
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Mar 28, 2006 4.2 out of 10 42

Forums

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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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