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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 Genesis Record Table
Columns Genesis Single player menu options screen 2.
Columns Genesis Alternate title screen.
Columns Genesis A single player game.

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 emmamomocat (33) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Columns--a so-so kind of game paul cairey (359) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Retro Archives Aug 23, 2018 18 out of 20 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) 1990 90 out of 100 90
1UP! May 18, 2009 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1990 10 out of 12 83
Power Play Sep, 1990 77 out of 100 77
All Game Guide 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 Nov, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1990 25 out of 40 62
Sega Does Oct 31, 2016 C 50 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.
paul cairey (359) added Columns (Genesis) on Nov 05, 2002
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