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Average Rating: 5.93/10
Video Game Rank: 4201
SEGA Genesis Rank: 125
NES Rank: 172
SEGA Master System Rank: 45
SEGA Game Gear Rank: 31
Windows Rank: 1755
Nintendo 3DS Rank: 163
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Columns
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(コラムス
Cowellry
Shapes and Columns
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Minimum Players
1
Maximum Players
2
Release Date
1990-06-30
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Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console (Game Gear) edition
Rel Date: 2012-08-08
Publisher: SEGA Corporation
Nintendo 3DS
Developer: SEGA Corporation
Media: Downloadable Content
Region: 
Rating: CERO: A (All ages), ESRB: E, OFLC(AU): G / ACB: G, PEGI: 3+more»
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Windows Downloadable edition
Rel Date: 2010-09-13
Publisher: SEGA Corporation
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Developer: SEGA Corporation
Media: Downloadable Content
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Rating: PEGI: 3+
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North American Game Gear edition
Rel Date: 1990-10-06
Publisher: SEGA Corporation
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Developer: SEGA Corporation
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North American Genesis edition
Rel Date: 1990-06-30
Publisher: SEGA Corporation
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Developer: SEGA Corporation
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Rating: (Not Rated)
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Rel Date: 1990-06-01
Publisher: SEGA Corporation
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Brazilian Sega Game Gear Cartridge edition
Rel Date: 1990-01-01
Publisher: SEGA Corporation
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Developer: SEGA Corporation
Media: Cartridge
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Rel Date: 1990-01-01
Publisher: SEGA Corporation
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Developer: SEGA Corporation
Media: Cartridge
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Brazilian Sega Mega Drive Cartridge edition
Rel Date: 1990-01-01
Publisher: SEGA Corporation
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Developer: SEGA Corporation
Media: Cartridge
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Japanese Famicom edition
Rel Date: 1990-00-00
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
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Developer: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Media: Cartridge
Region: Asia (Except China)
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Description Edit | History

The game takes place inside a tall, rectangular playing area, as in Tetris. Columns of three different symbols (such as differently-colored jewels) appear, one at a time, at the top of the well and fall to the bottom, landing either on the floor or on top of previously-fallen "Columns" in 1990 - Sega Genesis and 1992 - Game Gear.

Whilst a column is falling, the player can move it left and right, and can also cycle the positions of the symbols within it.

If, after a column has fallen, there are three or more of the same symbols connected in a straight line horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, those symbols disappear. The pile of columns then settles under gravity. If this causes three or more other symbols to become aligned, they also disappear and the pile settles again. This process repeats as many times as necessary. It is not uncommon for this to happen three or four times in a row - it often happens by accident when the well is becoming crowded. If the well fills beyond the top of the screen, the game ends.

Occasionally, a special column called the Magic Jewel appears. The Magic Jewel flashes with different colors and when it lands, it destroys all the jewels with the same color as the one underneath it.

Like Tetris, the columns fall at a faster rate as the player progresses. The goal of the game is to play for as long as possible before the well fills up with symbols.

Source: Wikipedia, "Columns," available under the CC-BY-SA License.

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Video Game Rank: 4201
SEGA Genesis Rank: 125
NES Rank: 172
SEGA Master System Rank: 45
SEGA Game Gear Rank: 31
Windows Rank: 1755
Nintendo 3DS Rank: 163
Num Ratings: 40
Average Rating: 5.93
Standard Deviation: 1.57
Num Views: 718
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Fans: 0
Personal Comments: 16
Users Owning: 68
Users Wanting: 0
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