Columns

From Sega Retro

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  • System C
  • Mega Drive
  • Master System
  • Game Gear
  • PC Engine
  • Super Famicom

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Columns
System(s): Sega System C, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System, FM Towns, MSX2, PC-8801, PC-9801 UV, PC Engine, X68000, Toshiba J3100 Super Famicom, Steam, iOS, Wii & Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, Nintendo Switch Online
Publisher:
Developer:
Licensor:
NEC PC-8801
NEC PC-9801
X68000
PC Engine
MSX2
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
Super Famicom
Sega
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
SMPS Z80
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Puzzle[4][5][6][7][8], Family[9]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (System C)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (System C)
US
$? ?
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?

























Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥5,5005,500 G-4035
Sega Mega Drive
JP
(Game Toshokan)
SUBsub
Sega Mega Drive
US
$29.9529.95[12] 1701
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Classic)
1701C
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Classic rerelease)
1701
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Classic 2nd rerelease)
1701
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Classic cardboard)
1701
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1701
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ1701
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£29.9929.99[14][15] 1701
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
CZ
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
AS
Sega Master System
US
5120
Sega Master System
EU
5120
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£24.9924.99[19] 5120
Sega Master System
AU
5120
Sega Master System
BR
Sega Master System
KR
GB-1001
Sega Master System
KR
(Samsung)
GB-1002JG
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥2,9002,900 G-3101
Sega Game Gear
JP
(Meisaku)
G-3104
Sega Game Gear
US
2201
Sega Game Gear
US
(Rerelease)
2201
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Game Gear
EU
2201
Sega Game Gear
PT
Sega Game Gear
UK
£19.9919.99[22][23] 2201
Sega Game Gear
CZ
Sega Game Gear
BR
012070
Sega Game Gear
KR
Sega Game Gear
SA
MSX
JP
¥7,2007,200
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
JP
Template:J3100 JP
NEC PC-8801
JP
NEC PC-9801
JP
X68000
JP
PC Engine
JP
¥¥6,400 TJ03002

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Super Famicom
JP
1999-08[24] ¥? ?
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[30]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[28]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[25]
PEGI: 3+
Wii Virtual Console
DE
800pts800[25]
USK: 0
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[31]
OFLC: General (G)
Steam
US
$2.992.99[33] 34285
ESRB: Everyone
Steam
EU
€2.492.49[33] 34285
PEGI: 3+
Steam
UK
£1.991.99[33] 34285
PEGI: 3+
Steam
AU
$3.493.49[33] 34285
OFLC: General (G)
Steam Linux
US
$0.990.99[35] 34285
ESRB: Everyone
Steam Linux
EU
€0.990.99[35] 34285
PEGI: 3+
Steam Linux
UK
£0.790.79[35] 34285
PEGI: 3+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.351.35[35] 34285
OFLC: General (G)
Steam OS X
US
$0.990.99[35] 34285
ESRB: Everyone
Steam OS X
EU
€0.990.99[35] 34285
PEGI: 3+
Steam OS X
UK
£0.790.79[35] 34285
PEGI: 3+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.351.35[35] 34285
OFLC: General (G)
iOS
JP
¥480480[36]
4+
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
JP
¥286 (300)286 (300)[37]
CERO: A
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
US
$3.993.99[38]
ESRB: Everyone
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
EU
€3.993.99[39]
PEGI: 3+
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
DE
€3.993.99[39]
USK: 0
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
UK
£3.593.59[39]
PEGI: 3+
Nintendo Switch Online
JP
SUBsub
Nintendo Switch Online
US
SUBsub
Nintendo Switch Online
EU
SUBsub
Nintendo Switch Online
UK
SUBsub
Nintendo Switch Online
AU
SUBsub

Columns (コラムス) is a puzzle game created by Jay Geertsen in 1989. The rights were sold to Sega in 1990, who brought the game to the Sega System C arcade board, with its subsequent success seeing the game released on a wide variety of platforms.

Columns is frequently seen as Sega's answer to Tetris, though its tile-matching gameplay has more in common with SameGame (1985). In Brazil, it is known as Shapes and Columns because Avon Products already registered a product of the same name in that country. The Super Famicom version was released only for the Nintendo Power service.

Gameplay

Columns is a falling-block puzzle game. Like Tetris, the aim of the game is to try and stay alive - "columns" fall from the top of the screen, landing on-top of each other, and should the "pile" reach the top of the screen, the game is over. Success is determined by strategic placing of columns, and as the game progresses, the rate at which the columns fall increases.

In Columns, each column is made up of three coloured jewels stacked on top of each other. If three or more jewels of the same colour are aligned horizontally, vertically or diagonally, the jewels will be destroyed, and any jewels placed above will fall downwards. Unlike Tetris, the reliance on gravity means gameplay is combo-driven - repeated combos will spawn a "Magic Jewel" (in most versions of the game), which when collided with a normal jewel will eliminate all jewels of that colour on-screen. Games are played on a 6x13 grid, and points are awarded by destroying jewels (players also receive a bonus for starting the game at higher difficulties). In the majority of versions, hints will be displayed for the player up until level 3.

There are six coloured jewels in total:

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Many home versions of the game allow for the graphics to be changed, most notably the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear variants, as well as home computer ports by SystemSoft.

Controls

There are only four buttons utilised in Columns. Left and Right move a falling column left or right across the screen, respectively, while Down speeds up the rate at which the column falls.

The remaining button is used to "rotate" the column as shown below:

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In most ports of this game there is no option to rotate the columns in the opposite direction, but that can be done in the Game Gear version. Columns can only be rotated while they are moving, however a certain amount of leeway (i.e. about a second) is given to columns which have just "landed".

Modes

Game modes differ depending on the version of Columns:

"Arcade"/Original

All versions of the game have an interpretation of the "Arcade" (or "Classic") columns described above - a theoretically endless game in which columns continue to fall until the screen is filled.

Sega Mega Drive has both "Arcade" and "Original" modes separately, each with their own customization options. The Magic Jewel appears only in "arcade" mode.

Time Trial

Initially present as an extra setting for "Original" mode on the Sega Mega Drive version, Time Trial places a three-minute time limit on a play session, so the objective is to score as many points as possible within that time limit.

Flash Columns

Flash Columns, featured in the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear versions of the game, has the player mine their way through a set number of lines to get to a flashing jewel at the bottom. The faster the player accomplishes this, the higher their rank will be.

In the Master System port, the theme music to this mode is that previously heard in the System 16 version (and subsequent Sega versions) of Tetris.

2-Player

The standard 2-player mode, found in the arcade version of the game, is largely identical to the Arcade mode above, except two players are supported. It is not a competitive mode, so players can join and leave at will. Some versions remove this mode for logistical reasons, for example, the Sega Game Gear port where the handheld nature of the console renders this mode largely pointless, and the PC Engine version, in which the console only has one control port as standard.

Versus

Offered in most non-arcade versions of the game, Versus has two players compete against each other, the winner being the player who lasts the longest. Unlike other puzzle games of this nature (perhaps most notably, Puyo Puyo), there are no methods of "attacking" an opponent, so gameplay is very similar to the above.

The Sega Mega Drive version doesn't have "Versus" mode, but 2-player "Flash Columns" mode has a "match" setting that does a similar thing.

Doubles

This can be seen as a co-operative two-player mode, in which the Original mode or Flash Columns is played on the same screen with each player taking a turn in placing a column.

Stone

Exclusive to the PC Engine version when playing on a PC Engine GT (TODO)

Freeze

Exclusive to the PC Engine version when playing on a PC Engine GT (TODO)

History

Development

Columns was originally conceived by Jay Geertsen while working at Hewlett-Packard in 1989. It was originally created for the HP-UX operating system (utilising the X Window System), however the relative obscurity of the platform, particularly amongst home consumers, saw ports to other systems. Nathan Meyers brought it to MS-DOS (1989), P.C.M. van der Arend to the Atari ST (1989), Chris Christensen to the Macintosh (1990), and John Rotenstein for Windows 3.x (1990).

In early 1990, Geertsen sold the rights to Sega, who has controlled the license ever since. Sega is not thought to own the code of the aforementioned versions, just the mechanics surrounding the game.

Versions

Following its success in arcades, Columns was brought to the Sega Mega Drive, in the form of a very accurate arcade conversion. The Mega Drive Columns was the first puzzle game to hit the system in most territories - though Tetris had seen a Mega Drive release in Japan in 1988, legal issues forced it to be removed from shelves and the game has been rarely mentioned since. Columns is a relatively small game by Mega Drive standards, and so has been re-released multiple times across many compilations. It was also re-released several times between 1993 and 1996 in North America, presumably to try and clear old stock.

Columns was a launch title for the Sega Game Gear, which debuted in Japan in October 1990. It was also brought to the Sega Master System later in the year.

SystemSoft were given the rights to publish Japanese home computer versions of the game between 1991 and 1992, including the PC-8801, PC-9801 UV, X68000 and J3100. MSX2 and FM Towns versions were handled by Telenet Japan, while a PC Engine port was brought to the system by Laser Soft. Perhaps most peculiarly, Media Factory were given the rights to produce a Super Famicom version, released in the very late year of 1999. It was distributed through the Japan-exclusive Nintendo Power rewritable cartridge service and is the only Sega property to see an official release on Nintendo's Super Famicom.

There have been multiple sequels to Columns, starting with 1990's Columns II: The Voyage Through Time and 1993's Columns III: Revenge of Columns. The System C version of the game was released as part of the Sega Saturn compilation, Columns Arcade Collection. The Mega Drive version has also been released on Steam, on the Wii's Virtual Console service, and as part of all regional variants of the Mega Drive Mini, while the Game Gear version has been released as part of the Nintendo 3DS' Virtual Console service as well as the red model Game Gear Micro. Multiple unlicensed versions of the game exist, as well as many clones.

Throughout its life, Columns has never achieved the same level of success as Tetris; however, the series continues to see sequels to this day.

Comparisons

Main article: Columns/Comparisons.

Version history

Main article: Columns/Changelog.
System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
iOS
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iOS
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Production credits

Main article: Columns/Production credits.

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Columns/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Columns/Promotional material.

Physical scans

System C version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Computer & Video Games (UK)
87
[50]
Arcade (System C)
87
Based on
1 review

Columns

System C, JP
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Instuction card(s)

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,
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Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Ação Games (BR)
75
[51]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
83
[52]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
83
[53]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
90
[54]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
88
[55]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
88
[56]
Console XS (UK) PAL
84
[57]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
63
[10]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
77
[58]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
68
[59]
The Games Machine (IT)
88
[60]
Joystick (FR)
70
[61]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
79
[62]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
77
[63]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
68
[64]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
85
[65]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
88
[66]
Player One (FR)
74
[67]
Power Play (DE)
77
[68]
Sega Power (UK)
82
[15]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[69]
Sega Pro (UK)
90
[70]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
84
[71]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
76
[72]
Tilt (FR)
85
[73]
Top Secret (PL) Mega Games I
75
[74]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
80
[75]
User (GR)
97
[76]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
70
[12]
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
29 reviews

Columns

Mega Drive, JP
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Cart
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Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, US (Made In Japan)
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US (Made In China Cart)

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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US (Made In Thailand Cart)

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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US (Not For Resale Cart)

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Cart
Mega Drive, US (Not For Resale ALT Cart)

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Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic, VRC, 1993)
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US
(Sega Classic, ESRB, 1995)
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US
(Sega Classic, ESRB, 1996)
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US
(Sega Classic, ESRB, Cardboard)
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Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, PT

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Mega Drive, CZ (Datart)

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Mega Drive, CZ/SK (DDC Agency)
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Mega Drive, SE rental (Kanal10)
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Mega Drive, FI

Mega Drive, AU (Vertical Manual)
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Mega Drive, AU (Sega Classics)
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Mega Drive, AU (Pack In - BONUS)
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Mega Drive, AU (Pack In - SP01)
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Mega Drive, AU (Pack In - SP1 Sticker)
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Manual
Mega Drive, BR (Cardboard)
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Mega Drive, CA
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Mega Drive, Asia

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Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Buzz! Computers (UK)
85
[77]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
89
[78]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
88
[79]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) PAL
90
[80]
Console XS (UK) PAL
91
[81]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
84
[82]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
55
[17]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
89
[83]
Game Mania (UK)
90
[84]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
72
[85]
Gamers (DE)
67
[86]
Joystick (FR)
90
[87]
Mean Machines (UK)
89
[88]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
90
[89]
Player One (FR)
85
[90]
Power Play (DE)
63
[91]
Raze (UK)
90
[92]
Sega Power (UK)
93
[93]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[94]
Sega Pro (UK)
92
[70]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
91
[95]
Tilt (FR)
85
[96]
Tilt (FR)
85
[73]
Zzap! (IT)
90
[97]
Sega Master System
84
Based on
24 reviews

Columns

Master System, US
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Master System, EU
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Master System, PT

Master System, CZ (Datart)

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Master System, CZ/SK (DDC Agency)
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Manual
Master System, AU
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Master System, AU (Wide sticker)
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Cover
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Master System, AU (NIAL sticker)
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Cover
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Master System, BR
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Manual
Master System, KR (Korea Oacs)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, KR (Samsung)
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Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
ACE (UK)
68
[22]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[98]
Console XS (UK) PAL
92
[99]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
85
[100]
Game Mania (UK)
86
[101]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[102]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
88
[103]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[104]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
91
[105]
Sega Pro (UK)
80
[70]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
92
[106]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
66
[107]
Zero (UK)
93
[108]
Sega Game Gear
80
Based on
13 reviews

Columns

Game Gear, JP
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Game Gear, JP (01)
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Game Gear, JP (Meisaku Collection)
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Cover
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Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Game Gear, US (rerelease)
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Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, EU
Columns GG EU Box Back.jpgColumns GG EU Box Spine.jpgColumns gg eu cover.jpg
Cover
Columns gg eu cart.jpg
Cart
Columns GG EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, UK
Columns GG UK Box Back.jpgNospine.pngColumns GG UK Cover.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, PT

Game Gear, CZ (Datart)

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Manual
Game Gear, CZ/SK (DDC Agency)
Columns gg eu cover.jpg
Cover
Columns MD SMS GG CZ Manual DDC.png
Manual
Game Gear, BR
Columns GG BR Box.jpg
Cover
Columns GG BR cart.jpg
Cart
Columns gg br manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, KR
Columns GG KR Box Front.jpg
Cover
Columns GG KR Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, GCC
Columns GG GCC box front.jpg
Cover
Columns gg eu cart.jpg
Cart

FM Towns version

FM Towns, JP
Columns FMTowns JP Box.jpg
Cover
Columns FMTowns JP Disk Back.jpgColumns FMTowns JP Disk.jpg
Disk

MSX2 version

MSX2, JP
Columns MSX JP Box Front.jpg
Cover

PC-8801 version

PC-8801, JP

PC-9801 UV version

PC-9801 UV, JP
Columns PC9801UV JP Box.jpg
Cover

PC Engine version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
71
[109]
Joystick (FR)
82
[110]
Player One (FR)
72
[111]
PC Engine
75
Based on
3 reviews

Columns

PC Engine, JP
Columns PCE HuCard JP back.jpgColumns PCE HuCard JP Spine.jpgColumns PCE JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Columns PCE HuCard JP Card Back.jpgColumns PCE JP Card.jpg
Card
Columns PCE HuCard JP Manual.pdf
Manual

X68000 version

X68000, JP
Columns X68000 JP Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

Main article: Columns/Technical information.

External links

References

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Music: Columns・Columns II (1991)
Sega Master System
Prototypes: Prototype



Games in the Columns Series
Columns (1990) | Columns II: The Voyage Through Time (1990) | Columns III: Revenge of Columns (1993) | Stack Columns (1994) | Super Columns (1995) | Columns '97 (1996) | Hanagumi Taisen Columns (1997) | Columns Arcade Collection (1997) | Columns GB: Tezuka Osamu Characters (1999) | Hanagumi Taisen Columns 2 (2000) | Columns Crown (2001) | Columns Jewel (2005) | Columns Deluxe (2008) | Jewelpet Kira Kira Mahou no Housekibako (2009) | Sega Ages Columns II (2019)
Columns (Mame Game) (1997) | Columns (Pocket Boy) (1997) | Columns for Zaurus (2001) | Columns for Clié (2002)
Unlicensed Columns games
Sega Master System
Super Columns (1990)
Columns Related Media
Music
Columns・Columns II (1991)
Book
Hanagumi Taisen Columns Official Guide (1997) | Hanagumi Taisen Columns 2 Perfect Guide (2000)