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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 FM Towns Arcade mode
Columns Arcade Where to place it?
Columns Sharp X68000 Normal mode
Columns MSX Loading screen

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

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

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis 1990 90 out of 100 90
Génération 4 Game Gear Nov, 1990 9 out of 10 90
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Retro Archives TurboGrafx-16 Aug 23, 2018 17.5 out of 20 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Oct, 1990 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx-16 Jul, 1991 8.5 out of 12 71
IGN Wii Dec 05, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Power Play SEGA Master System Dec, 1990 63 out of 100 63
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Mar 28, 2006 4.2 out of 10 42
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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