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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 Apple IIgs Slowly trapping the qix.
QIX DOS Slowly trapping the Qix (VGA)
QIX Atari 5200 Can you split two qix?
QIX Apple II Two Qix were successfully split

Promo Images

QIX Screenshot
QIX Screenshot

Trailer


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 (41140)

Critic Reviews

Player One Game Boy Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Retro Archives Amiga Jan 21, 2018 17 out of 20 85
Retro Archives Apple IIgs Jan 21, 2018 16.5 out of 20 82
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retro Archives Arcade Jan 21, 2018 16 out of 20 80
Retro Archives Apple II Jan 21, 2018 15.5 out of 20 78
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Tilt Atari 8-bit Jul, 1983 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Compute's Amiga Resource Amiga Dec, 1989 12 out of 20 60
Video Games NES Mar, 1991 55 out of 100 55

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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.

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