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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 PC-88 Stage complete
Columns MSX Do here the same with the orange colored stone. Arrange the orange stone in such a way that it is in the middle.
Columns Genesis Scoring
Columns PC-98 Let's begin...

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

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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

Sega8bit.com SEGA Master System Nov 06, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Raze SEGA Master System Feb, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Retro Archives SEGA Master System Aug 23, 2018 17.5 out of 20 88
Power Play Arcade Jun, 1990 4 out of 5 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jan 23, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Oct, 1990 9 out of 12 75
Pixel-Heroes.de Genesis Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Play SEGA Master System Dec, 1990 63 out of 100 63
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System Sep, 1990 22 out of 40 55

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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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