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More colourful than tetris Genesis emmamomocat (30)
Columns--a so-so kind of game Genesis paul cairey (321)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Arcade 1 2.4
FM Towns 2 3.6
Game Gear 12 3.6
Genesis 33 3.5
MSX 2 3.6
Nintendo 3DS Awaiting 1 votes...
PC-88 2 3.6
PC-98 2 3.6
SEGA Master System 4 3.4
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SNES 3 3.1
TurboGrafx-16 1 4.0
Wii 1 4.0
Windows 2 3.6
Combined MobyScore 65 3.5

The Press Says

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SEGA Master
I like this game a lot more than Tetris, cause it's way more challenging.
SEGA Master SystemRaze
Undoubtedly, this is the best variation of the game - just like Tetris was more fun against each other on the coin-op version. Due to the game's nature, it is possible to be hovering right near the top of the play area, get a chain reaction and turn the game on its head in one move. Of course, with the option of playing over nine matches, skill will eventually win out in the end.
Game GearGénération 4
Plein d'options et surtout particulièrement prenant, Columns est sans aucun doute l'un des meilleurs jeux du genre, et donc un des indispensables de la Game-Gear...
GenesisComputer and Video Games (CVG)
A flippin' good Tetris-style game that's got that spark of originality to keep it from being just one of the crowd.
SEGA Master SystemMean Machines
Although Columns sounds rather dull, it's the sort of game that you keep on coming back to time and time again because it's simple, playable and very addictive indeed. It starts off easy, but when you get to high levels the jewels fall at very high speed, and your hand-to-eye co-ordination is given a really good work-out. A special mention must go to the sound, which is one of the best tunes I've heard on the Sega. Columns might not be the most exciting game in the world, but it's a great way to unwind after you've just dispatched some big baddie with your lasers, or have kicked the heads of endless street gangs in the latest beat 'em up! Try it out - you'll be surprised at just how much fun it is!
ArcadeComputer and Video Games (CVG)
This sort of machine never seems to go down well in the UK, us Brits seeming to be a race who likes to shoot or beat up things on a video screen rather than tax the old grey matter. But if you fancy giving yourself a relaxing, stress-reducing and very addictive (if you like puzzle-type games) cerebral workout, shove a couple of coins into this one and mellow out, man.
On pardonne ses défauts à Columns parce que malgré tout il nous captive, grâce à son principe et à une ambiance si particulière, à demi-mystique, qui n'a absolument rien de commun avec Tetris mais exerce une fascination consciente ou non. Le plus triste est que Sega ne semble jamais avoir pleinement réalisé les possibilités offertes par l'atmosphère de ce Columns. Et plutôt que d'explorer cette voie, de persévérer dans ce style mélangeant de manière habile et surprenante Grèce antique et psychédélisme, ils auront uniformisé le principe, ils auront fait de lui ce que cette version résistait à faire, un ersatz de Tetris, un objet de mode. Il n'y a qu'à voir la dernière version en date sur Game Boy Advance, Columns Crown, avec d'atroces personnages manga si fades et si communs, le même genre d'inepties avec lesquelles Sega enlaidit tous ses jeux récents.
SEGA Master SystemComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Having seen just about every sort of Tetris-alike there is, I was beginning to feel that the genre was at last becoming stale. Then Columns appears, and it completely throws that idea right out of the window! From first impressions, you might not think that this could possibly be in the slightest bit interesting - the graphics are certainly nothing to shout about, with the possible exception of the scrolling road background, and the sound is a hypnotic little jingle that plinks away in the background. But, as you'd expect from a game like this, the playability shines through, and makes Columns one hell of an addictive number. If puzzle games are of any interest to you, then take a gander at this -you'll probably end up hooked.
GenesisASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Wer schon der Spielidee von Tetris erlegen war, kennt ohnehin nur eine Frage: "Gibt's auch Columns auf Rezept?"

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GenesisThe Video Game Critic
Not wanting to miss out on the puzzle-game frenzy, Sega introduced Columns, a Tetris clone with its own twist. Columns of three gems descend from the top of the screen and you need to line up three or more of the same color to make them disappear. You can't turn the stack sideways, but you can rotate the order of the gems. It sounds simple, but once you get going, quick and strategic thinking is required. Unpredictable chain reactions inject excitement into the game. Columns won me over in a big way. Unlike Nintendo's cartoonish incarnations of Tetris, Columns has an Egyptian theme. There isn't much to see graphics-wise, but the soft, soothing organ music makes the game feel like a religious experience. There are plenty of options including a nice two-player simultaneous mode. The controls are a little TOO responsive, making the columns tricky to line up precisely. But the relaxing, addictive quality of this game cannot be denied.
ArcadePower Play
Arcade-Version des „Tetris“-Verschnittes „Coloris“. Kein Prachtstück, aber unterhaltsam.
GenesisPower Play
Auf die Tetris-Umsetzung fürs Mega Drive muß man immer noch warten, doch Columns ist ein nahezu gleichwertiger Ersatz. Das einfache Spielprinzip mit den Farbkombinationen wurde geschickt durch eine Vielzahl von Variationen aufgemöbelt. Das Aneinanderreihen verschiedenfarbiger Steinchen hat einen schwer beschreibbaren, naiven und ausgesprochen hartnäckigen Charme (Marke "...einen Versuch mach' ich noch!"). Zudem leisteten die Programmierer bei Grafik und Sound routinierte Qualitätsarbeit. Denkspiel-Fans werden nur schwerlich an diesem gewitzten Modul vorbeikommen.
Game GearMegablast
Doch wen interessiert schon die Präsentation, wenn der Suchtfaktor stimmt? Und das tut er, vor allem der Zwei-Spieler-Modus bringt hier das Verbindungskabel regelrecht im Glühen!
SEGA Master SystemASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Wer schon der Spielidee von Tetris erlegen war, kennt ohnehin nur eine Frage: "Gibt's auch Columns auf Rezept?"

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TurboGrafx-16ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Das einzige, was mich am Programm störte, war, daß der Zweispieler-Mode anscheinend eine für Nicht-GT-Besitzer unerreichbare Option ist. Schade eigentlich! Ansonsten ein schönes Spielchen für jedermann zu empfehlen, der furchtlos ist und den Preis nicht scheut.
Mit seinem anspruchsvollen Spielprinzip und der bunten Grafik hätte Columns das Zeug dazu gehabt, Tetris zu schlagen. Wegen der in hohen Levels aber zu schnellen Spielgeschwindigkeit und dem öden Sound reicht es schlussendlich aber nur für 7 von 10 Punkten. Trotzdem ist Columns aber auf jeden Fall ein Must-Have für jeden Gamegear-Besitzer und Puzzle-Fan.
Columns ist ein gutes Spiel, dass jedoch nicht ewig fesseln kann, sich aber für zwischendurch gut zur Belebung der grauen Zellen eignet.
Fazit: Columns ist ein gutes Spiel, dass jedoch nicht ewig fesseln kann, sich aber für zwischendurch gut zur Belebung der grauen Zellen eignet.
GenesisAll Game Guide
Tetris is not available for the Sega Genesis, but adding Columns to your collection is the next best thing. Simply put, this game rocks.
Game GearVideoGame
Shapes and Columns é a versão para Game Gear deste jogo que já foi apresentado nos sistemas Master System e Mega Drive. Pequenas colunas de três itens coloridos com as cores do arco-íris caem uma após a outra. O seu objetivo no jogo original é conseguir juntar três itens da mesma cor na vertical, horizontal ou diagonal, que desaparecerão. Você perde o jogo quando a pilha chega ao topo.
Columns isn't quite as classic as Tetris, but it offers a unique take on the falling block puzzle style. Sega supporters have had plenty of chances to experience this design over the years, and may not feel motivated to repurchase it again – but longtime Nintendo loyalists may have missed out. For them, it's a solid selection.
Game GearACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
It should be clear, however, that many people find Columns particularly satisfying, and there's no doubt that in normal big-block mode the graphics are large and clear enough to make it an ideal Tube journey's worth of fun, if no much more.
SEGA Master SystemPower Play
Columns ist mit Sicherheit eines der besten Spiele, die das Master System in der letzten Zeit in den Modulschacht gestopft bekam – Grafik und Spielwitz sind gut, nur die Musik ist zum Haareraufen.
GenesisElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Columns is the first attempt by Sega to reproduce the action and strategy of a Tetris-style game for the Genesis. The game is unique and plays good, but it's not in the same league as Tetris. A nice diversion with the usually well-rounded 16-Bit features, but not incredible.
SEGA Master
Columns has its flaws and isn’t perfect in any stretch of the imagination but it succeeds in enough areas to be a solid title worthy of its shelf space though the Game Gear version is leagues better. It’s not a game that’s terribly fun in single-player mode either, but its multi-player side shines, and my wife and I consider it one of our favorite games on the console. Pick up a copy and enjoy.
WiiNintendo Life
Columns still manages to entertain to some degree. In fact, it often verges on the hypnotic, and if you really let yourself get sucked in it can prove to be quite addictive. Sadly, you can't escape the fact that the genre has evolved over the years and these days games have to offer a little more to keep people interested.
SEGA Master SystemVideoGame
Este jogo é quente, por duas razões: primeiro, por ser um verdadeiro quebra cabeças. Segundo, é lançamento. São várias colunas com itens que têm as cores do arco-íris.
The game is emulated flawlessly on the Wii. It still looks decent and has several catchy though somewhat serious-sounding musical themes to choose from, each matching the Ancient Greece-inspired theme. After all these years, Columns still stands up as a likable, playable puzzle game, but for 800 Wii points ($8) it's just not a good value for the money. Nevertheless, it's one of the first Tetris-style puzzle games for the Wii, and its simple, fairly addictive gameplay can be fun even if you never played the original version.
SEGA Master SystemElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
The 8-Bit version of Columns misses in several areas. While the game itself does induce the Tetris-like falling puzzle game, the shapes are too small. The game is also much too easy. Both are minor short-comings that detract from a good design.
SEGA Master SystemGame Freaks 365
In conclusion, Columns isn't necessarily disappointing, it's just average. Granted, Sega had to throw a puzzle title out there for the already dying Master System in the states, but why they chose this I'm uncertain. Surely they could have done better with Lemmings, released in Europe? There were a few puzzle games released elsewhere, one of which is incredible, but I won't speak of them here because this is in references to what the NTSC audience had access too. Strangely enough they released this bugger on a few other systems, without really changing anything other than some graphics. Yeah, that's all I need to say about that.
Now let's consider that the Genesis and Sega CD versions of Columns contain fewer features and gameplay modes than the version you could instead have purchased for the 8-bit Master System. That's right; in the world of Columns, twice the bits add up to fewer features! Okay, that's enough consideration. Judged on either its mechanics or its atmosphere, Columns is a problematic and troublesome mess, fated to forever dwell in the shadows of its hallowed rivals.