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Columns Columns - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Columns - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Sets of three colored jewels fall in random order. The object of the game is to arrange the jewels vertically, horizontally or diagonally in rows of three or more to make them disappear.

Columns was produced by Sega in 1990.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Columns was produced include: World Championship Soccer, Bare Knuckle, Super Masters, Wrestle War, Wonder Boy III - Monster Lair, Alien Storm, Aurail, Bloxeed, Bonanza Bros., and Borench


Name Columns
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1990
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7369
Class Wide Release
Genre Puzzle
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Columns Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Rotate Jewels
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

Columns of three colored jewels fall in random order and accumulate at the bottom of the screen. You must decide where to place them and in what order to arrange the colors by rotating them. If you get three or more of the same color in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row, those jewels will disappear and the ones above them will fall. When you are really good, making one row disappear will cause a chain reaction, allowing additional rows to line up and also vanish. You get higher point values for doing this. As you play the game, the speed increases. The game ends when you stack the jewels off the top of the screen.

Columns KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Every so often you will get a column of magic flashing jewels. Placing it on any color will make all jewels of that color disappear. Also, if you have a lot of jewels built up and place the magic column at the top of the screen so that one of the special jewels runs off the top, you can get two colors to disappear.

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The object of this game is similar to ITetrisI.PMUSIC Lively music makes this game more fun to play.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Columns Census

There are 14,836 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,889 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 69 known instances of this machine owned by Columns collectors who are active members. Of these, 4 of them are original dedicated machines. 5 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 60 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Columns machine for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Columns circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Columns.

This game ranks a 18 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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