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A variation on QIX: claim the playfield by building walls and closing off smaller regions. The chief obstacle is the colorful Styx, which (fittingly) resembles a bundle of sticks, and prowls about the screen in unpredictable swirls of motion. Unlike QIX, you can draw both straight and diagonal walls; another difference is the scoring, which depends on a cycling multiplier: time your conquests right, and you may even increase your bonus tenfold.

The Styx cannot harm you as you travel along the border of your captured areas, but if it touches a wall as you build it, the wall goes down - along with you. Other ways to get yourself killed are standing still for too long (while building), and meeting the worm that crawls along the edges of your domain. Capturing at least 80% of the playfield will end the level - bonuses are awarded for more; higher levels feature faster action, more worms, multiple Styx (Stygii?), and generally nastier enemy behavior.

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Styx PC Booter Instructions (demo version)
Styx PC Booter Scoring (demo version)
Styx PC Booter Title Screen
Styx DOS If you do not complete the region, you lose a life and lose the partial line.

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PC Magazine PC Booter Dec, 1983 14.5 out of 18 81

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Trivia

Graphics

Following a Windmill Software tradition, Styx is one of the few games to support CGA's tweaked "graphics" mode 160x100x16.

Demo version

Styx is one of the four games featured in the "Windmill Software Demo Disk", a rare release circa 1986 which contained playable demos if Conquest, Digger, Rollo And The Brush Brothers, and Styx. The games contained more verbose gaming instructions than the originals, but only the first level(s) could be played. These demos were released into the Public Domain.

Related Web Sites

  • Styx Remastered (Andrew Jenner liked Styx so much, he gave it the Digger treatment.)
  • The Official Styx Remastered website (The ultimate Styx resource - this website was created to document Andrew Jenner's remastered version of Styx but has every piece of information about Styx you could possibly want.)
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