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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.


QIX Commodore 64 Drawing lines...
QIX Game Boy Chinese Mario
QIX Lynx Main menu
QIX Apple II Title screen

Promo Images

QIX Screenshot
QIX Screenshot
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
  • "Arcade Archives: QIX" -- PS4 / Switch title
  • "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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User Reviews

Get your kicks by beating Qix Amiga Katakis | カタキス (42781)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 05, 2001 A- 91
Retro Archives Amiga Jan 21, 2018 17 out of 20 85
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Jan, 1992 83 out of 100 83
Retro Archives Arcade Jan 21, 2018 16 out of 20 80
Defunct Games Lynx Oct 30, 2004 78 out of 100 78
Amstar Game Boy Oct, 1990 12 out of 20 60
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Sep 17, 2007 C+ 58
Power Play Game Boy Sep, 1990 58 out of 100 58
Video Games NES Mar, 1991 55 out of 100 55
Amiga World Amiga Dec, 1989 Unscored Unscored


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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.

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