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
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
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
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.