Retro Rewind: Columns (Genesis)
There are many video games to choose from when it comes to the puzzle genre. Of course there’s the more popular ones like Dr. Mario and Tetris, but let’s not forget about sega’s puzzle game, Columns. I remember playing Columns on the SEGA Genesis and having lots of fun with it. So, what ever happened to this game? While Dr. Mario and Tetris are still going strong, it seems that Columns has become a thing of the past. Luckily, on Retro Rewind, the past is what we do best. Let’s hit that rewind button and discover what made Columns such a great puzzle game.
The puzzle game known as Columns was released on multiple platforms in the early 1990’s. Most memorable for me being the SEGA Genesis version. The goal of the game is to match up gems of the same color in a line of three. There’s the option to play with a friend, which is always fun. But if nobody around wants to play a round of Columns with you, there’s always the single player mode. Sadly, these are the only game modes to choose from. But if you’d like to change things up a bit, you can always try upping the difficulty for more of a challenge. Even with very limited ways of playing the game, Columns is still a lot of fun and helps pass the time.
One of the best parts of this game is how relaxing it is. The music is very calming, so if you’re feeling stressed, go play Columns! There are so many stressful games out there, so to have a slightly less crazy one is a nice change. Oh… but one more thing I should probably mention, just don’t let the gems get to close to the top. Once this happens, the music speeds up, and things get hectic. If you’re gems reach the top it’s game over, so be careful! But honestly, it’s not that bad, once you clear out some gems, the music will return to normal and you can take a deep breath. So yeah, overall this is a very laid-back game, but it can definitely become quite intense if you let it.
Another great part of this game are the sound effects. I swear, the sounds on the SEGA Genesis were amazing. I always loved hearing them from game to game, even though they all sounded similar. I’m not really sure what it was, but the sounds and music on the Genesis always stood out to me. So the next time you sit down to play Columns, just be sure to take a moment and really listen. If you love all things retro like I do, then I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
The main thing that makes this game so great has yet to be mentioned yet. And that’s how addictive it is, once you begin, it’s incredibly hard to stop. There’s no story, no action, no adventure, but there’s still something that just keeps pulling you back in. Even if you stop playing for long periods of time, Columns is the kind of game that you’ll always want to come back to. Fun puzzle games like this always tend to do that to you. Replay value is what makes video games so great, and that’s exactly what you get from Columns.
Thank you for checking out this edition of Retro Rewind! If you love the puzzle game Columns as much as I do, be sure to let everyone know in the comment section below. And while you’re there, let me know what you’d like to see for the next Retro Rewind. Also, be sure to check out our other content here at AZBros.com before you head out. As always, I’m Lockjaw, and I’ll see you next time!