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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.


Columns Sharp X68000 Computer opponent - some nazi army dude
Columns Genesis Near to lose...
Columns PC-88 Normal mode
Columns PC-98 Play against computer or another player

Promo Images

Columns Screenshot
Columns Screenshot
Columns Screenshot
Columns Screenshot

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

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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
Megablast Game Gear 1992 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx-16 Jul, 1991 8.5 out of 12 71
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
VideoGame Game Gear Jan, 1992 7 out of 10 70
Pixel-Heroes.de Genesis Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Wii Dec 18, 2006 5.9 out of 10 59
Sega Does SEGA Master System Oct 31, 2016 C+ 58
Defunct Games TurboGrafx-16 Feb 07, 2009 C 50
Sega-16.com Genesis Jul 31, 2004 3 out of 10 30


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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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