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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 ~
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     ~ 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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