Columns

Critic Score User Score
TurboGrafx-16
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4.0
Sharp X68000
...
...
FM Towns
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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 PC-98 "Plain" look; almost dead!
Columns MSX Game start
Columns FM Towns Flash columns, need to take out that red flashing jewel at the bottom row
Columns Game Gear Starting level 0

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

Génération 4 Game Gear Nov, 1990 9 out of 10 90
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
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jan 23, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Megablast Game Gear 1992 76 out of 100 76
SEGA-Portal.de Game Gear Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Pixel-Heroes.de TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
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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