Classic puzzle game from SEGA.
Classic. I love it.Avesomeofthat13 | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all Avesomeofthat13's reviews »
This was one of the first games I played on my MegaDrive and I must say; it's 2013 and I still play it today! It's simplistic, it's not violent or gory, it's calm and vivid and is a nice reminder of how games used to be. This is a great game and is very playable - I can be sat there playing for hours, totting up my score and trying to keep the columns as low as possible - it's brilliant. In some ways I prefer it to the more modern games, purely because of it's innocence and simplicity.
Decent falling blocks title, but there's betterDeweyDTruman | Feb. 8, 2013 | See all DeweyDTruman's reviews »
Columns is a very competent falling blocks-style puzzle game. And it still holds up after all these years as being worth your time. However, there's far better out there. Tetris is probably one of the best, and if you're only looking for genesis titles Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is a personal favorite. If you have a few dollars to spare though, it's worth the purchase.
Still a fun one to play in 2013.PM_DMNKLR | Feb. 5, 2013 | See all PM_DMNKLR's reviews »
Out of all Sega Genesis games, the Columns series has to be, arguably, one of the most fun and addicting to play. On par with Tetris and Dr. Mario to a point, it does it's own special thing and actually inspired a whole arisen generation of jewel-and-gem-based puzzle games that we still play to this day. Jewel Quest and Bejeweled being 2 of them, though they are different in style, it's obvious this was a major inspiration for their visuals and reward system. Get it, it's not expensive. Grab it and have some old-school fun!
Why Am I Being Rewarded For Crushing Gems?CrimsonWizard | Feb. 1, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »
Columns is a puzzle game originally developed for home computers until SEGA bought the rights and made their own version for the Genesis/Mega Drive. Other than the Roman styled setting, there isn't much here except the game itself.
Basically, the game drops columns of 3 random gems from the top of the screen and you have to direct them down and try to match 3 gems in any direction to make them explode and get points. You're forced to place the pieces vertically, but you can change the order of the three gems to try and set up combinations for more points. Pieces will gradually fall faster from the top as you rack up points and destroy more gems, and occasionally a stack of special games will slide down, enabling you to destroy first type of gem it touches across the entire board. There is also a 2 Player Mode, offering something of a competitive mode, but that's about it in terms of different styles of play.
However, the system just isn't quite as engaging as say Tetris or Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. It's very easy to accidentally set up massive combos without much strategy, and the restrictive manipulation of the puzzle pieces makes it less intuitive than the previously mentioned puzzle games. The lack of extra game modes doesn't help either, offering little in terms of replay value other than racking up higher scores. While it's a competent puzzle game, I recommend a different puzzler than this one.
Mostly for nostalgiaMicepudding | Aug. 29, 2012 | See all Micepudding's reviews »
Back in the Nineties most Genesis gamers either owned this game or had played it. At the time, when you were Sega OR Nintendo, but not both, it was an addictive, colorful game - who needed Tetris anyway?
But the gameplay is less compelling than Tetris, partly because it was always easier to rack up huge combos simply by stacking up towers of random blocks and triggering a chain reaction, than by trying to set up big scoring runs yourself. Flash Mode is probably the best take on the formula, tasking you to clear the screen to reach one block, but a lack of randomness shortened replayability here too.
For a nostalgia kick, Columns is fine, but don't expect anything out of this if it's a game you haven't played before.