Sega Ages Review of Columns II and Ichidant-R
Sega Ages brings many classics that Sega Fans new and old can appreciate. Thankfully Sega sent me two games from the Ages collection of Columns II and Ichidant-R. Two games that are different takes on puzzle solving. We are pleased to introduce our very first combo review of these two titles.
First Up Columns II
This game never came to the states before so for those that are fans of the series are in for a treat. Columns II is a unique take on what we know as the Tetris puzzle style. The developers at Sega put their own spin on where you go through different styles of shapes. Also, you can match not only horizontally or vertically but diagonally as well. However, here is a quick synopsis of Columns II.
Match jewels, fossils, and disks as you take a voyage through time in the second installment of this fun and exciting puzzle series. Control the falling pieces and aim for three-in-a-row in any direction to clear the screen before they stack to the top. Switch between multiple game modes, like “Flash Columns” where you target flashing jewels and unlock secret Jewel Case characters, or “Versus Columns” that pits friends against one another.
Beast Take on Columns II
It is an interesting game with a unique style, however, it is not a game that would interest those that are not into this genre. The appeal for versus is there and will gain that competitive spirit that many would enjoy. There is also an added bonus to play the first Columns game. It’s a unique concept that passed some radars including mine.
Columns II is a brain bender that will have you seeing many possibilities and combinations. There is even a bit of a creepy factor when it comes to random skulls that show up during your playthrough. It is weird, but it is a game that you can spend hours on especially with the switch on the go. Other features comes with an Infinite Jewels mode that has you playing forever as long as you keep the combos going. It might be a great way to get some practice in. I will definitely give it a Try It rating.
Ichidant-R Interest the Beast
Bring it on, this definitely a classic that was played in my youth. If I recall it was a buddy of mine that had which was a weird take on a journey game featuring puzzles. You are a knight going through the world fighting enemies by winning against different game options. You need 3 wins to progress and it even has some hilarious antics how the knight defeats each enemy.
Originally released for Japanese arcades back in 1994, this unique spin-off from Bonanza Bros. features a compilation of wacky mini-games that require sharp thinking and quick reflexes, all set in a fantasy medieval backdrop where you must save a princess from the Demon King. Experience “puzzle and action” in this definitive party game.
Its a simple concept with a damsel in distress and as a knight, you are honor-bound to rescue her. It is fun and you get challenged each time differently with a roulette-style choice. You can make the right decision if you stop the highlighted area at the right time. Or you can make it interesting and do a not look pick. It doesn’t take much to figure out your task in each level.
Consider checking out Mega Drive mode which gives you different take by sending you on a quest. Then you have the competitive mode which is played like a board game with up to 4 players can battle it out. Keep in mind that Mega Drive mode will have Japanese Text Only. Kind of a downer if you ask me is that this is a re-release that should have featured some English text. Final thought I give it a BUY rating.
Columns II and Ichidant-R will go for $7.99 each. These retro titles are for any fan and being that it is rated-E for everyone you can enjoy it as a family peacefully. Now as a gamer I am not going to lie to you. I favor Ichidant-R more than Columns II. Columns II didn’t really speak to me as much as the other, but it works with some bonus features including online features. It is a great collection either way which is still growing it seems.
These two titles will be available to everyone on October 17th, 2019 which this review will be available for you all to check out. In that, I thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review. Please leave your thoughts below share your memories of these two titles. Be sure to check them out in the eShop or the Sega website by clicking here. – Beast Out –