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Reviewed by Jeremy Peeples Columns was released in 1991 for the Sega Game Gear, it was developed and published by Sega. It was considered to be Sega's answer to the legendary puzzle game Tetris. This game involves placing gems of the same color in rows to score, not much different in theory than Tetris, but the execution is excellent. Graphics-5-10- They do what they need to, basic, but they fit the game perfectly and are better than Tetris, graphics don't really matter much in puzzle games anyway, so it's not a disappointment. Blurring is, thankfully, kept to a minimum. Sound-9/10- This game has some excellent music, this feature of the game is easy to notice because of the high quality of the music and because it fits the setting perfectly, truly the dark horse strong point of the game. Control-10/10- Seeing as how the only real controls in the game involve the Directional-Pad and one button, they're perfect, it doesn't take any practice at all to learn the controls, then again it's a puzzle game, you shouldn't have to. Gameplay-10/10- Similar to Tetris, yet different in its own right, the gameplay is very simple at first, but then the gems' fall progresses to an alarming fast rate causing you to react accordingly, it's much harder to do than Tetris due to the color coordination. Presentation-8/10- About as good as one would expect from a puzzle game. The menus fit the game's Egyptian theme perfectly and are easy to navigate through. Replay Value-10/10- Like most puzzle games, they take a lifetime to master. Believe me you'll be addicted to this game. Overlall-8/10- The game is just as good as Tetris and stands the test of time well also, it deserves to be played by everyone, especially those who love puzzle games, it has many good points, among them the music and gameplay. It's too bad that this series will probably not see the light of day on the Dreamcast, it would be a great addition to the system's library. The last game of the series was Coumns III on the Sega Genesis, this game is also available on the Sega Genesis, both as a stand-alone game, and as part of the Sega 6-Pak game cartridge on the Genesis, as well as the Sega Classics CD on the Sega CD.

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