by SEGA Entertainment, Inc.
Columns is a video game similar to Tetris taking place inside a tall, rectanglar playing area. There are three different symbols which appear one at a time. The symbols fall from top to bottom and the player can move them to the left or to the right, and also cycle through their forms. The symbols disappear when three of the same kind are in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal straight line. If this makes three or more other symbols get in the same position, they disappear as well. The game is not different at all to Tetris and becomes addictive after a short period of time.
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.
2006-04-27 Columns is a game of strategy and quick thinking.