Super Columns

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Super Columns
System(s): Sega Game Gear, Palm OS
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Peripherals supported: Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Puzzle[1][2][3]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,8003,800 G-3226
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Game Gear
US
$39.9539.95[4] 2449
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Game Gear
EU
2449-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Game Gear
UK
£19.9919.99[6] 2449-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Palm OS
US
$19.95 ?



Super Columns (スーパーコラムス) is an update to Columns, released exclusively for the Sega Game Gear in 1995.

Story

The evil merchant Surhand wants to harness the power of a mystical amulet in order to conquer all of Phoenicia. His citadel is guarded by four henchmen, who are all masters of Columns. They must be defeated to save Phoenicia.

Gameplay

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Endless mode and Story mode

Super Columns is a falling block puzzle game like its predecessor. Columns of three differently colored gems fall one at a time, and the player must arrange three gems of the same color in a row, column, or diagonal line to eliminate them. The game adds new types of blocks and the ability to rotate the columns horizontally. The player moves columns with Left and Right and drops them faster with Down. Their colors are cycled with 2, and they are rotated with 1.

The game adds a Story mode, wherein the player must defeat five opponents three times each in order to advance in the game. During Story matches, both the player and the player's opponents can unleash various spells, indicated by a numbered display that ascends as gems are matched. Each spell has a different effect, such as increasing the speed at which opponent columns fall or restricting the opponent's ability to rotate their columns. There is also a Versus mode that follows the same rules as the Story mode where two players can compete over a Gear-to-Gear Cable.

Like in previous Columns games, there are also Endless and Flash modes. In an Endless game, the player matches gems until inevitably reaching a game-over. The player progresses to a new level at certain points thresholds, and the speed of the gameplay increases with each level. Flash mode presents the player with 10 puzzle stages where all flashing gems must be matched and eliminated in order to progress to the next stage.

Spells

In the Story and Versus modes, gaining points increases the gauge. The player can select a spell with Up+2 and perform the selected spell with Up+1.

Gauge Number Points Spell
1 50 Sends stone blocks to the other player.
2 100 Prevents the other player from rearranging his or her columns.
3 150 Increases the speed at which the other player's columns drop.
4 200 Lowers the player's base level.
5 250 Gives the player a magic gem.

Special Blocks

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Bomb Block
Eliminates the entire row, column, or diagonal line when three are matched.
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Glitter Column
Appears in Flash mode. When it makes contact with a gem, it causes all gems of that color to disappear.
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Stone Block Column
Appears in the Story and Versus modes. Stone blocks can only be removed by Magic Columns and cannot be set horizontal.
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Magic Column
Appears in the Endless, Story, and Versus modes. The upward arrow causes gems above it to disappear, the center square causes gems the color as those that are touched by it to disappear, and the downward arrow reverses the screen.
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Reversal Column
Appears in the Endless, Story, and Versus modes. It causes all gems the same color as the one that the column contacts to disappear.
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Vanish Column
Appears in the Endless, Story, and Versus modes. It causes all gems above the column to disappear.

Stages

Flash Mode

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Stage 1

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Stage 2

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Stage 3

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Stage 4

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Stage 5

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Stage 6

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Stage 7

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Stage 8

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Stage 9

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Stage 10

Production credits

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Super Columns/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Todo Sega (ES) #26: "Mayo 1995" (1995-0x-xx)
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Print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #46: "Julio 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #51: "Diciembre 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
91
[9]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
58
[10]
Freak (IL)
87
[11]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
83
[4]
Joypad (FR) PAL
88
[12]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
86
[13]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
83
[14]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
74
[6]
Player One (FR) PAL
86
[15]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
77
[5]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
75
[16]
Todo Sega (ES)
91
[17]
Video Games (DE) PAL
72
[18]
Sega Game Gear
81
Based on
13 reviews

Super Columns

Game Gear, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart
Supercolumns gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 2a100717
MD5 3696ab241bbe66846a0ad00a50ca289b
SHA-1 a1de915b0f10894bedc6ee8f0fd1f2da65bcfa68
128kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 8ba43af3
MD5 8f1de0caa864beed2a61f391795b0a10
SHA-1 ce59845e973b7fb7b3b2121b35a95fba5727df62
128kB Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 f28f89d1
MD5 1513e04ab34ff687e6bfcf89199cce5a
SHA-1 e5b23a687c9dd285970f4783369e36c7a96d19fa
128kB 1994-11-11 CD-R disc[19] Page
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 56cf1d4f
MD5 d829d132768af645ec9770ce7751aeb6
SHA-1 29dac0da809c8a74c6610e4dde300efaddaca29a
128kB 1994-11-30 CD-R disc[20] Page
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 abe92434
MD5 d592e3ac72db3d3829b5c56fd9b6c0e4
SHA-1 3edad6d335d5f6ec3dc403fd642cd6a71e3c053d
128kB 1994-12-15 CD-R disc[21] Page
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 81451fc0
MD5 eef5e19e5314cd512bbf9cfe700c9482
SHA-1 b7cabe08f0e0850b055fd0e694e175e8f1c47e4d
128kB 1994-12-21 CD-R disc[22] Page
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 5c4c633d
MD5 9c8597827b2b6632288dcd2e518c5ea1
SHA-1 d3050de383e772bb068d4c722bbe91ff05172d45
128kB 1994-12-26 CD-R disc[23] Page
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 3d931952
MD5 af4aa4dfc874b945fbe61d31d8c20c00
SHA-1 b2bc04e1f7a00ec5431774db0b47da53db57d3a3
128kB 1994-12-28 CD-R disc[24] Page
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 096f4ff5
MD5 0f9eb3b55945f0057e0e1a04424a64fc
SHA-1 fed437cf7d22c685fef7b2e55579cd77bb48e232
128kB 1995-01-06 CD-R disc[25] Page
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 8ba43af3
MD5 8f1de0caa864beed2a61f391795b0a10
SHA-1 ce59845e973b7fb7b3b2121b35a95fba5727df62
128kB 1995-01-09 CD-R disc[26] Page

References

  1. File:SuperColumns GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. File:SuperColumns GG JP Box Front.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/gamegear/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-12-07 04:57)
  4. 4.0 4.1 GamePro, "June 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 106
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sega Magazine, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-03-15), page 88
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mean Machines Sega, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-02-28), page 89
  7. http://www.sega.com/palm/purchase/buy_select_columns.jhtml (Wayback Machine: 2003-04-17 04:38)
  8. Hobby Consolas, "Enero 1996" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 83
  9. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "July 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 89
  10. Famitsu, "1995-06-02" (JP; 1995-05-19), page 33
  11. Freak, "7/95" (IL; 1995-xx-xx), page 1
  12. Joypad, "Juillet/Août 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 57
  13. Mega Force, "Mai 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 67
  14. Mega Fun, "06/95" (DE; 1995-05-24), page 90
  15. Player One, "Mai 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 98
  16. Sega Saturn Magazine, "June 1995" (JP; 1995-05-08), page 135
  17. Todo Sega, "Mayo 1995" (ES; 1995-0x-xx), page 49
  18. Video Games, "6/95" (DE; 1995-05-17), page 108
  19. Hidden Palace: Super Columns (Nov 11, 1994 prototype)
  20. Hidden Palace: Super Columns (Nov 30, 1994 prototype)
  21. Hidden Palace: Super Columns (Dec 15, 1994 prototype)
  22. Hidden Palace: Super Columns (Dec 21, 1994 prototype)
  23. Hidden Palace: Super Columns (Dec 26, 1994 prototype)
  24. Hidden Palace: Super Columns (Dec 28, 1994 prototype)
  25. Hidden Palace: Super Columns (Jan 6, 1995 prototype)
  26. Hidden Palace: Super Columns (Jan 9, 1995 prototype)


Super Columns

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Prereleases:
Sega Game Gear
Prototypes: 1994-11-11 | 11-30 | 12-15 | 12-21 | 12-26 | 12-28 | 1995-01-06 | 01-09
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