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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 Commodore 64 Can you split two qix?
QIX Game Boy English Mario x3
QIX Commodore 64 How many players?
QIX Game Boy Stage xx cleared!

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 (39615)

Critic Reviews

Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Atari 5200 Jun, 1983 4 out of 4 100
Pixel-Heroes.de Game Boy May 09, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Retro Archives Apple IIgs Jan 21, 2018 16.5 out of 20 82
Retro Archives Commodore 64 Jan 21, 2018 16.5 out of 20 82
Play Time Lynx Mar, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Retro Archives Lynx Jan 21, 2018 14 out of 20 70
Mag'64 Nintendo 3DS Sep 11, 2011 3.5 out of 10 35
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Oct, 1989 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 Unscored Unscored

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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.

Information also contributed by quizzley7 and Sciere
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