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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 SEGA Master System Stage 1
Columns SEGA Master System Title 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

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Power Play Dec, 1990 63 out of 100 63
Sega-16.com Oct 11, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
VideoGame Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Sega Does Oct 31, 2016 C+ 58
Game Freaks 365 Mar 28, 2006 4.2 out of 10 42


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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.
Sciere (792196) added Columns (SEGA Master System) on Jun 26, 2005
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