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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.


QIX Arcade Game Over
QIX DOS Title screen (VGA)
QIX Apple II The main menu
QIX Amiga Can you split the two Qix?

Promo Images

QIX Screenshot
QIX Screenshot

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 | カタキス (39520)

Critic Reviews

Retro Archives Amiga Jan 21, 2018 17 out of 20 85
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Jan, 1992 83 out of 100 83
NES Times NES Jan 09, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Retro Archives NES Jan 21, 2018 15 out of 20 75
Retro Archives Game Boy Jan 21, 2018 14.5 out of 20 72
Power Play Game Boy Sep, 1990 58 out of 100 58
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Sep 17, 2007 C+ 58
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Mar, 1991 2.8 out of 5 56
Video Games NES Mar, 1991 55 out of 100 55
The Video Game Critic NES Aug 06, 2000 C 50


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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.


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.


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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