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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 Game Gear Suits again
Columns Game Gear Large Column
Columns Game Gear Options Screen
Columns Game Gear Time 0:15

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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Sega-16.com Mar 20, 2017 9 out of 10 90
Génération 4 Nov, 1990 9 out of 10 90
Retro Archives Aug 23, 2018 17 out of 20 85
Sega Power Sep, 1992 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
Megablast 1992 76 out of 100 76
SEGA-Portal.de Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Sep, 1991 680 out of 1000 68
Sega Does Oct 31, 2016 C+ 58
The Game Hoard Nov 20, 2021 4 out of 7 57


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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.
PCGamer77 (3225) added Columns (Game Gear) on Jan 18, 2003
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