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In ancient Phoenicia, merchants were fond of a game called COLUMNS, in which players would try to align jewels on a board across, down, or diagonally. Now you can venture back to those times, as you try to line up your own jewels and score some points in the process. As you match gems of like colors, they disappear and a new set falls from the top of the screen. As you stack more and more jewels, they start falling faster and faster, if the screen fills with gems, your game is over. There are several different ways to enjoy COLUMNS: you can play Flash Columns, where you have to make a flashing gem disappear before time runs out; you can practice by yourself; or you can play head-to-head against a friend. If you're ready for a game that's full of strategy and action, then you're ready for COLUMNS.

[edit] Gameplay

Line up the gems and watch them disappear, If the jewels fill the screen the game is over.

The game gets more challenging as your skills improve.

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I had a Game Gear and Columns is both the best and worst game ever

May 17, 2013, by Rory Young | 10 comments
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You want this game

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Monterey Jack
Jan 11, 11 8:00am

NOTE: This review is based off of what I played on Sonic's Ultimate Genesis...

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Release Dates
  • North America:
    • Dec 4, 2006 (Wii)
    • Oct 10, 1990 (GENESIS)
    • Q3 1991 (GAMEGEAR)
    • Q4 1989 (Mac)
  • Japan:
    • Dec 2, 2006 (Wii)
    • Aug 1, 1999 (SNES)
    • Mar 29, 1991 (tg16)
  • Europe: Dec 15, 2006
  • Australia: Dec 15, 2006
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