Columns – Sega Genesis   2 comments

GENColumns1After Tetris became popular in the 1980’s, other attempts were made at duplicating it’s success, or at least to make a quick buck.  Sega’s answer to Tetris came in the form of Columns, which they released for their Sega Genesis in 1990.  While I don’t think anything will top Tetris in the category of simple and addicting puzzle game, but Columns is a great game in it’s own right.

As in Tetris, Columns is played on a vertical play field.  Three jewels stacked vertically are dropped from the top of the screen.  As they fall to the bottom of the screen, you can rearrange the order of the jewels, and move the stack left or right.  Your goal is to place them so that three matching jewels line up.  They can line up vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.  After they are lined up, those jewels disappear, and cause any jewels above them to fall.  This of course can cause chain reactions, and those are worth more points.  I’m not very good at the game, so I couldn’t create very many chains except by accident.  It’s awesome when it does happen, and I envy those who can create them on purpose.  There are no levels in the game per say, and the game just keeps getting faster and faster until there is no more room to place jewels.  That is the game in a nutshell.  They only other mode is called “Flash Columns”, and that places jewels on the play field with the objective of clearing one particular jewel in the fastest time.  The two player modes take place in a split screen, but they’re not competitive.  It’s just a mode where two players can play their own separate games at the same time.

Graphics aren’t that important in a good puzzle game, but still the jewels in this game are nicer to look at than just regular old blocks.  There are three different songs to listen to while playing, and they sound really nice.  It’s hard really to describe the music, but it is very relaxing.  It’s like elevator music, but better.  While I don’t think it’s quite as good as Tetris, it is up there with the very best puzzle games.  Columns is a game that I can’t help but play every time I hook up my Sega Genesis.

Rating – 8 / 10


Posted August 15, 2014 by thebandit2006 in Sega Genesis

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  1. I had this on the Mega Games 1 compilation cartridge with Super Hang On and World Cup Italia 90. I think it was my least favorite of the three but I would never say I didn’t like it

  2. For the North American Sega Genesis, it is also included on the Genesis 6-Pak compilation.

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