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                                        Columns
                                      General FAQ
                                By: Dark Vortex (Quan Jin)
                                 darkvortexfaqs@ymail.com
                                      Version 1.1
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    This guide is copyright (c)2004-2006 Quan Jin
    
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              Table of Contents 
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          1. Introduction...............................................[1000]
          2. FAQ........................................................[2000]
          3. Basics.....................................................[3000]
                  3.1. Controls.........................................[3100]
                  3.2. How To Play......................................[3200]
          4. Gametypes..................................................[4000]
                  4.1. Original.........................................[4100]
                  4.2. Flash............................................[4200]
          5. Version History............................................[5000]
          6. Legal Information..........................................[6000]
          7. Credits & Closing..........................................[7000]
    
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              1. Introduction                                           [1000] 
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    Columns is a very addictive puzzle game that resembles another well-known hit,
    Tetris. Columns differs with the fact that you cannot change a direction a
    polygon will be facing. However, you have the ability instead to change the
    order of color. Each block is a different color, and you score and nullify 
    lines by matching up three or more blocks of the same color together. A good
    player can knock away lines and rack up points through combination drops 
    and such.
    
    Inability to truly try out the 2-player modes didn't allow me to write for 
    them. Sorry for any inconvenience. 
    
    
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              2. FAQ                                                    [2000] 
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            [Q] Is Columns multi-platformed?
    
            [A] I'm sure it's on many other systems. 
    
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            [Q] How do I move the block?
    
            [A] Use the Control Pad. That should be pretty obvious. 
    
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              3. Basics                                                 [3000] 
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    All the basic information is listed here. For controls or a tutorial on how
    to play, read through it. 
    
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              3.1. Controls                                             [3100]
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                          _______________________________  Z Button
                        ,'                      Y Button `.|
                      ,'                  X Button     |   |. 
                    ,'                           |     |  _| `.
                  ,'                             |    _| |_|   `.
                 /      _                        |_  |_|         \
                |     _| |_            |===|     |_|        ,'`.  |
                |    |_   _|             |              ,'`.'.,'  |
                |      |_|               |          ,'`.`.,' |    |
                 \      |       _,'------|------`._ '.,' |   |   /
                  `.    |    _,'         |         `.|   |   '-- C Button
                    `.__|__,'       Start Button     |`._|___,'
                        |                            |   B Button
              Control Pad                     A Button
    
                            (Not all buttons are used.)
    
    
    Control Pad ~
    -----------
         ~ Move a column in the game.
         ~ Move the cursor on the main menu. 
    
    Start Button ~
    ------------
         ~ Pause game.
         ~ Select menu items. 
    
    A Button ~
    --------
         ~ Rotate column.
    
    B Button ~
    --------
         ~ Rotate column.
    
    C Button ~
    --------
         ~ Rotate column. 
    
    
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              3.2. How To Play                                          [3200]
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    Like Tetris, Columns is very easy to learn. However, for those Tetris players,
    Columns does differ quite a bit. Rows and blocks can only disappear if you 
    match up three or more colors together and filling up levels doesn't really
    do anything. 
    
    However, to further improve your chances, Columns allows you to change the 
    order of colors for each falling column. For example, if you need a red to fall
    in a certain location, but the block looks like:
                                       _____
                                      |     |
                                      | [R] |
                                      |_____|
                                      |     |
                                      | [B] |
                                      |_____|
                                      |     |
                                      | [Y] |
                                      |_____|
    
    With the [R], [B], and [Y] representing colors, you need the red on top to be
    on the bottom. Use the A, B, or C Buttons to change the order so the block 
    becomes something you can actually make use out of: 
                                       _____
                                      |     |
                                      | [B] |
                                      |_____|
                                      |     |
                                      | [Y] |
                                      |_____|
                                      |     |
                                      | [R] |
                                      |_____|
    
    Columns is all about finding the right area and combinations. If you think out
    your moves, multiple combos can not only give you some more breathing room,
    but the longer the combo, the higher the point value becomes. However, a 
    falling column gives you little time to really write an equation on the task
    at hand so you better think fast before you lose your chances.
    
    Remember, practice makes perfect. 
    
    
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              4. Gametypes                                              [4000] 
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    The GEN version of Columns has a few different gametypes that can be played.
    a 2-player mode is also available so you can have fun with your friends. 
    
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              4.1. Original                                             [4100]
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    The name says it all. The Original game-mode is the original Columns in its
    original sense. Go figure.
    
    When you choose the Original mode, the following options are given to you:
    
               A) Difficulty --- Set the difficulty ranging from Easy to Hard. 
                                 Is the game too tough? Tone it down a bit. 
               B) Blocks ------- This option changes how blocks look. Purely 
                                 aesthetic appeal, this option has nothing to do
                                 with the game apart from changing looks. 
               C) Level -------- Sets out fast the blocks come down. Obviously, 
                                 the higher the value, the faster the blocks will 
                                 fall. 
               D) Exit --------- Start the game. 
          
    
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    |   ,---------`.  |=|    |  ______________________  |   .                 .   |
    |[1]| N E X T   > |=|    | |                      | |             .           |
    |   `---------,'  |=|    | |                      | |                         |
    |          .             | |                      | |                         |
    |   .            .    .  | |                      | |          .              |
    |                        | |                      | |                     .   |
    |    ,'---------`. .     | |                      | |                         |
    |[2]<  S C O R E  >      | |                      | |                         |
    |    `.---------,'       | |         [5]          | |                         |
    |           9 0   .      | |                      | |     .        .          |
    |   .                  . | |                      | |                         |
    |    ,'-----------`.     | |                      | |                         |
    |[3]<  B L O C K S  >    | |                      | |                      .  |
    | .  `.-----------,'     | |                      | |                         |
    |           1 1          | |                      | |               .         |
    |  .                  .  | |                      | |      .                  |
    |   ,----------`.        | |                      | |                         |
    |[4]| L E V E L  > ^     | |______________________| |                         |
    |   .----------,'        |__________________________|                   .     |
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         [1] Next Indicator -- This bar shows what the next column (in terms
                               of color) will be. Use this indicator 
                               strategically.
         [2] Score Indicator -- The amount of points you have currently racked up.
                                The score you have currently is right below it.
         [3] Block Indicator -- The amount of blocks you have officially cleared
                                is showcased here. Use this to check out your 
                                progress.
         [4] Level Indicator -- The level you are currently playing is shown right
                                here. You set it previously before starting the
                                game.
         [5] Game Area -- All the gameplay is here. Not too much description 
                          needed. 
    
    
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              4.2. Flash                                                [4200]
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    An innovated version of Columns is Flash. The background theme is a road, but
    this game has almost nothing to deal with racing. Unlike the Original mode,
    Flash is a game that can actually be WON! You start off with a halfway filled
    screen. The objective is to break down what's already there. At the very 
    bottom in the middle is a flashing block. Break the blocks until you reach
    the flashing block and you will win!
    
    Apart from that, it plays the same as the regular. Blocks can be eliminated
    by matching up color, etc. You can set the following options at the very
    start: 
    
               A) Difficulty --- Set the difficulty ranging from Easy to Hard. 
                                 R U TUFF ENUFF??!!111
               B) Blocks ------- This option changes how blocks look. Purely 
                                 aesthetic appeal, this option has nothing to do
                                 with the game apart from changing looks. 
               C) High --------- Dictates how high the starting amount of blocks
                                 will be. The higher the value, the more harder
                                 it will be to get through. 
               D) Exit --------- Start the game. 
    
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    |   ,---------`.  |=|    |  ______________________  |                         |
    |[1]| N E X T   > |=|    | |                      | |                         |
    |   `---------,'  |=|    | |                      | |                         |
    |                        | |                      | |                         |
    |                        | |                      | |                         |
    |                        | |                      | |                         |
    |                        | |                      | |                         |
    |     _____________      | |                      | |                         |
    |   ,'  T I M E    `.    | |         [4]          | |                         |
    |   |               |    | |                      | |                         |
    |[2]| 0 0   0 3     |    | |                      | |                         |
    |   |     M     S   |    | |                      | |                         |
    |   `---------------'    | |                      | |                         |
    |                        | |                      | |                         |
    |                        | |                      | |                         |
    |                        | |                      | |                         |
    |   ,---------------.    | |                      | |                         |
    |[3]| L E V E L  (0)|    | |______________________| |                         |
    |   .---------------'    |__________________________|                         |
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         [1] Next Indicator -- This bar shows what the next column (in terms
                               of color) will be. Use this indicator 
                               strategically.
         [2] Time Indicator -- The amount of time you have been playing is 
                               depicted here. 
         [3] Level Indicator -- The level you are currently playing is shown right
                                here. You set it previously before starting the
                                game.
         [4] Game Area -- All the gameplay is here. Not too much description 
                          needed. 
    
    
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              5. Version History                                        [5000] 
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         Version 1.0 - Transferred SMS version of this to Genesis. 23 KB
    
         Version 1.1 - Updated Legal Information. 
    
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              6. Legal Information                                      [6000] 
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    This FAQ is the property of its author, Quan Jin. All rights reserved. 
    
    Any stealing, selling for profit or altering of this document without the
    author's expressed consent is strictly prohibited. You may download this file 
    for personal and private use only. 
    
    Columns is a registered trademark of Capcom/Sega. The author (Quan Jin) is not 
    affiliated with Capcom or Sega in any way or form. All other trademarks are 
    the property of their respective owners. 
    
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              7. Credits & Closing                                      [7000] 
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    Thank you for playing this gem of a Sega game and I hope you enjoy your future
    sessions with Columns, one of the most addicting games I have ever played. 
    Whee! 
    
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