Columns on Sega Mega Drive

Columns was a Tetris-like tile-matching puzzle games to appear after its great success in the late 1980s.The area of play is enclosed within a tall, rectangular playing area. Columns of three different symbols 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”. While a column is falling, the player can move it left and right, and can also cycle the positions of the symbols within it. After a column lands, if three or more of the same symbols are connected in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line, those symbols disappear. The pile of columns then settles under gravity. If this resettlement causes three or more other symbols to align, they too disappear and the cycle repeats.

Occasionally, a special column with a multicolor Magic Jewel appears. It destroys all the jewels with the same color as the one underneath it. The columns fall at a faster rate as the player progresses. The goal of the game is to play for as long as possible before the well fills up with jewels, which ends the game. Players can score up to 99,999 points

The Sega Mega Drive version was one of the best versions and it regularly featured in top games lists for the console

Cheats

10,000 bonus points
Create one vertical column that is empty all the way to the bottom of the playfield. Watch the preview window for the next magic jewel block. Position it in a way so it falls down this column to the bottom.

Create magic jewel
Begin game play in easy arcade mode. Fill the two columns on the far left or far right as high as possible with jewels to create a magic jewel.

Second magic jewel
Create one row of normal jewels stacked almost to the top of the playfield. Allow a vertical space for only two of the three jewels in the next block to fit.. Watch the preview window for the next magic jewel block. When it appears, quickly move it to the top of the prepared stack. The magic jewel will eliminate the “touching” color jewels, and all of the remaining jewels will drop down, as will the single magic jewel that was off the playfield. This single magic jewel will drop down and eliminate another group of colored jewels.

 

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