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aka: Arcade Archives: QIX, QIX: Classic arcade action in the palm of your hand!, Qix: The Computer Virus Game

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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.


  • アーケードアーカイブス クイックス - Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • クイックス - Japanese spelling

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Credits (Arcade version)




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.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • November 1997 (Issue 100) - ranked #100 (Best 100 Games of All Time) (NES version)

Information also contributed by quizzley7 and Sciere

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  • MobyGames ID: 3476


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Servo.

Nintendo 3DS added by CrankyStorming. Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 added by Rik Hideto. FM-7 added by Infernos. Lynx added by Lars Norpchen. DoJa, J2ME added by Kabushi. Atari 8-bit added by ZZip. Arcade added by Pseudo_Intellectual. Game Boy added by Satoshi Kunsai.

Additional contributors: Katakis | カタキス, Jeanne, Alaka, gamewarrior, formercontrib, Rik Hideto, FatherJack.

Game added March 23rd, 2001. Last modified March 1st, 2023.