a.k.a. コラムス / Shapes and Columns

created and published by Sega in 1990-06-30, running on Mega Drive
type: puzzle
genre: Falling blocks, Visual matching
series: Columns
perspective: side view
player options: single player, split-screen
languages: eng jpn

Personal review

A twist in the formula of Tetris, making rows or columns with triminos, but no so entertaning as it should be.

# 2014-07-18 19:47:18

Official descriptions (2)

Test your hand at the ancient Phoenician game of Columns. Multi-colored gems drop from the top of the screen into a pit and it is up to you to quickly arrange the order of the jewels as they fall into lines of three or more. If your gems pile up and reach the top, the game is over.
# 2007-07-01 23:27:04 - official description
Go back in time to a bygone civilization, the ancient world of Phoenicia. And play the game that originated among the Phoenician merchants - Columns- It's incredibly captivating. You'll find yourself losing track of time. Yet it's very simple. You don't have to be a game whiz to play at the hardest level.

Columns of sparkling, rainbow-color jewels drop one after another. Arrange 3 or more jewels of the same color horizontally, vertically or diagonally and remove them from the play screen. If the columns pile up to the top, the game is over. If you have the urge to challenge something different, try Flash Columns. In the Flash Columns version you'll be timed on how quickly you can make a flashing jewel disappear.

Start on the easiest level and work your way up. Or challenge one of the higher levels from the start. Play alone or double the fun by playing with a friend. So simple and so captivating! With a little help from the Phoenician gods you can perform miracles!
# 2002-11-28 20:19:10 - official description

Technical specs

display: raster

Editor notes (2)

Included in Sega Mega Drive Classic Collection (Steam version)
# 2014-08-27 23:52:47
Also included in Mega Games I (Triple Score: 3 Games in 1 in the USA), UPC 010086017021, released in 1993 and published by Sega, that included Super Hang-On, World Cup Italia '90 / World Cup Soccer and Columns.

Also included in Mega Games 6 Vol. 3 (aka Mega 6 Vol. 3), released in 1995 in Europe and published by Sega, rated ELSPA-3, that included Super Monaco GP, Sega Soccer, Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi and Columns.

Also included in Mega Games 6 Vol. 2 (aka M6 Vol. 2, or Six Pack in Germany), released in Europe in 1995 and published by Sega, rated ELSPA-3, that included World Cup Italia '90, Super Hang-On, Super Monaco GP, Columns, Alien Storm and Super Thunder Blade.

Also included in Mega Games 6 (aka m6 or Mega Games 6 Vol. 1), released in Europe in 1995 and published by Sega, rated ELSPA-3, that included World Cup Italia '90, Super Hang-On, Columns, Streets of Rage, The Revenge of Shinobi and Golden Axe.

Also included in Sega Top Ten, released in Brazil and published by Tec Toy, that included World Cup Soccer, Super Hang-On, Shapes and Columns, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Sonic the Hedgehog, Shadow Dancer, Flicky, Super Monaco GP and California Games.
# 2013-02-11 07:18:46

External reviews (7) - average: 76.7% - median: 75%

review sourcecountryissuedatescore   
Aktueller Software Markt (ASM)de461990-1110/1283%
Player Onefr61991-0274/10074%
Power Playde301990-0977/10077%
The Games Machine Italyit251990-1188/10088%
Tilt 39-113fr841990-1215/2075%

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