Hanagumi Taisen Columns is a puzzle game based on the popular Sakura Taisen series of strategy rpg games. The game has nine characters from the series that the player can choose, each with their own defining traits.
There are a few different modes of play including Story, Puzzle, Cinderella, Classic, and Two Player.
Cinderella mode has the player choosing a character and striving to beat the current male or female leader (depending on the sex of the character chosen.
Story mode contains mini stories that center around each of the characters, much like what would be seen in a traditional Sakura Taisen game.
Puzzle mode is a series of specific challenges that the player must beat.
Classic mode is an endless mode where the player attempts to score as many points as possible for as long as possible.
Two player mode pits two players against each other in a puzzle battle.