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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 Sharp X68000 Normal mode
Columns MSX Form groups of the same color
Columns PC-98 High score
Columns SNES Title Screen

Promo Images

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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 Group

User Reviews

More colourful than tetris Genesis emmamomocat (33)
Columns--a so-so kind of game Genesis paul cairey (359)

Critic Reviews

Raze SEGA Master System Feb, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Génération 4 Game Gear Nov, 1990 9 out of 10 90
Retro Archives Genesis Aug 23, 2018 18 out of 20 90
Retro Archives TurboGrafx-16 Aug 23, 2018 17.5 out of 20 88
Retro Archives Arcade Aug 23, 2018 16.5 out of 20 82
VideoGame Game Gear Jan, 1992 7 out of 10 70
SEGA-Portal.de Game Gear Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Game Gear Sep, 1991 680 out of 1000 68
Nintendo Life Wii Dec 05, 2006 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Sega Does SEGA Master System Oct 31, 2016 C+ 58

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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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