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Title: Let's Compare Columns!
Post by: TrekMD on November 27, 2013, 22:03:52 PM
Columns is a puzzle video game, first created in 1989 by Jay Geertsen. The early versions of the game were made for several computer platforms, including the Atari ST.   In 1990 Jay Geertsen sold the rights of the game to Sega which let to ports of the title to several Sega systems (including arcade).

Columns was one of the many Tetris-like puzzles that appeared after that game's great success in the late 1980s. It takes place inside a tall, rectangular playing area. Columns of three different symbols (such as differently-colored jewels) appear, one at a time, at the top of the well and fall to the bottom, landing either on the floor or on top of previously-fallen "Columns."  Gameplay is very similar to that of Tetris.  Let's have a look at several versions....

[align=center:3az7tcpv]Let's Compare ( Columns ) (http://http)[/align:3az7tcpv]
Title: Re: Let's Compare Columns!
Post by: TL on November 27, 2013, 22:08:33 PM
I really love Columns, it's a brilliant puzzle game. I have to say that the Master System version is the best, although the Game Gear version is excellent too. Both better than the Mega Drive version and it's well suited to a handheld in the GG's case.
Title: Re: Let's Compare Columns!
Post by: TrekMD on November 27, 2013, 23:26:05 PM
This is indeed look like a fun game.  I'll need to try out one of the Sega versions of the game.  :)
Title: Re: Let's Compare Columns!
Post by: TL on November 28, 2013, 19:09:12 PM
[align=center:3l45o6le]There are also some great clones of Columns out there, here are a couple that spring to mind for starters:

Acid Drop (Atari 2600) (http://http)

Vertical Mayhem. Atari Falcon 030 game. (http://http)[/align:3l45o6le]
Title: Re: Let's Compare Columns!
Post by: TrekMD on November 28, 2013, 19:13:43 PM
Cool!  Acid Drop is actually a pretty good one on the 2600.  :) 
Title: Re: Let's Compare Columns!
Post by: TL on November 29, 2013, 15:12:51 PM
Columns II for the Atari ST

ATARI ST COLUMNS II 2 (http://http)
Title: Re: Let's Compare Columns!
Post by: TrekMD on November 29, 2013, 19:06:41 PM
Looks like there is also an arcade version of Columns II...

Columns II: The Voyage Through Time MAME Gameplay video Snapshot -Rom name columns2- (http://http)

And there's even a Columns III?!

Let's Watch Columns 3 (1/5) (http://http)
Title: Re: Let's Compare Columns!
Post by: TL on November 29, 2013, 19:09:49 PM
Indeed!

I really need to pick up the Columns collection for the Saturn:

Classic Game Room - COLUMNS ARCADE COLLECTION review for Sega Saturn (http://http)