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QIX (Atari 5200)

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Description

In this game, you guide a marker which must draw rectangles and other weird objects in order to claim your territory, and you can either draw these rectangles fast or slow. Drawing the rectangles using the "slow" method awards you the most points. Once a rectangle has been made, it will be colored in to show that you have claimed your territory. While drawing the rectangles, you need to watch out for Qix (pronounced "kicks"), a series of colored lines that crawl the screen. In addition to Qix, you also need to avoid the Sparks who travel around the border, as well as any lines that you have made, as well as The Fuse, who travels along the line that you are drawing. Once you have claimed enough territory, you proceed to the next level.

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QIX Atari 5200 A game in progress
QIX Atari 5200 Title screen and game demo mode
QIX Atari 5200 Level complete!
QIX Atari 5200 Slowly trapping the qix...

Alternate Titles

  • "Qix: The Computer Virus Game" -- Full title
  • "QIX: Classic arcade action in the palm of your hand!" -- Game Boy tag-lined title
  • "クイックス" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Oct 05, 2001 A- 91
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Qix appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cameo

Mario and Luigi make a cameo appearance in the Game Boy version of Qix.

Color palette

With a VGA card or some EGA cards, a non-standard 16 color palette was used. If this mode was supported the program autodected it, otherwise the default EGA palette was used. Likewise in 4 color mode, if an MCGA or VGA card was detected a non-standard 4 color palette was used.

References

Qix indirectly lead to the name of Dr. Zoidberg, a character from the animated Futurama series. David X. Cohen, the creator of the series, created Zoid, a Qix clone, and eventually used that name for the character.

Information also contributed by quizzley7 and Sciere
Servo (55826) added QIX (Atari 5200) on Dec 02, 2003
Other platforms contributed by CrankyStorming (2724), Lars Norpchen (74), Kabushi (125892), ZZip (795), Pseudo_Intellectual (44696), Satoshi Kunsai (1811) and Servo (55826)