Columns

Critic Score User Score
SEGA Master System
68
3.4
PC-88
...
3.6
Arcade
...
...
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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-88 Options, four music tracks on offer
Columns Sharp X68000 Computer opponent - some bald guy
Columns TurboGrafx-16 Playing in arcade mode
Columns Sharp X68000 Computer opponent - rabbit

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

Raze SEGA Master System Feb, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jan 23, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Gear Nov, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
IGN Wii Dec 05, 2006 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
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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distinctive music 2 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (58440)
Aug 20, 2013
AI rating 2 formercontrib (159409)
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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