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Moby ID: 3476
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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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Average score: 72% (based on 28 ratings)


Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 89 ratings with 1 reviews)

Is it pronounced "Kicks" or "Qwiks", and who really cares?

The Good
Qix is a classic game that reminds me of the days when I was a young kid playing with my Etch-A-Sketch. I had so much fun drawing lines all over the place, and then shaking the thing in order to delete the crappy lines that I did. At the time, I had a Commodore 64 and wasn’t familiar with Taito’s game at all. The closest I got was a clone known as Stix.

The object is simple. You control a marker at the bottom of the screen, and the object is to meet a certain threshold by drawing a series of boxes on the screen. You have to deal with a few obstacles. Qix, seven colored lines that roam about the screen, tries to stop you from doing this. If you hesitate drawing a line, Fuse will appear and travel along it. Then there is also Sparx, two guys who run around the border, as well as any lines that you have drawn. You are encouraged to hurry up and finish the level, otherwise more of them will appear. If you let these three touch you, you will lose a life.

When you have managed to draw a box, it is filled with a nice pattern that would suit your floor and tiles in your house, and they are in different colors depending on the speed in which you draw them. They are a far cry from the solid colors in the coin-op version. Sound-wise, I like the space-like effect when you complete a box. I also like the hum that Qix gives off. The title and high score music also sounds fantastic, and if you let the title music play out, you will enter the game’s attract mode, complete with instructions for anyone unfamiliar with the game’s concept.

Qix offers three modes of play: one-player mode; two-player mode, where two people take turns drawing on the screen; and practice, where new players can practice their skills in one level only. I like the way the game gets challenging as you progress. Besides dealing with two Qixes on some levels, the threshold keeps getting higher as well (up to 80%) and you will restrict Qix even more as you progress through the game. There are even more times that Qix will zip to the other side of the screen in about five seconds.

The Bad
There is nothing wrong with this game; all the official home ports are flawless, including the Amiga’s.

The Bottom Line
Qix is a classic arcade game that made its way to a multitude of platforms. The object is to draw boxes on the screen to meet a certain threshold without coming into contact with Qix or one of the other enemies. The game's attract mode is useful for anyone not familiar with the original concept. The graphics and sound are excellent, and it is addictive as well.

Amiga · by Katakis | カタキス (43087) · 2022


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)

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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. J2ME, DoJa 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 23, 2001. Last modified April 19, 2024.