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QIX

MobyRank MobyScore
Apple IIgs
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4.5
J2ME
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4.5
Arcade
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3.4
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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.

Screenshots

QIX Lynx Main menu
QIX DOS Drawing a line; don't let the Qix touch it before it's complete! (MCGA)
QIX Atari 5200 Slowly trapping the qix...
QIX NES Level complete

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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User Reviews

Get your kicks by beating Qix Amiga *Katakis* (37800)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 05, 2001 A- 91
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 5200 Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games Lynx Oct 30, 2004 78 out of 100 78
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 5200 Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Tilt Atari 8-bit Jul, 1983 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Sep 17, 2007 C+ 58
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Mar, 1991 2.8 out of 5 56
The Video Game Critic NES Aug 06, 2000 C 50
Mag'64 Nintendo 3DS Sep 11, 2011 3.5 out of 10 35

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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.

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