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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 Apple II Two Qix were successfully split
QIX Apple IIgs Slowly trapping the qix.
QIX Commodore 128 Loading screen 1
QIX Commodore 64 Drawing lines...

Promo Images

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QIX Screenshot
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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

Is it pronounced "Kicks" or "Qwiks", and who really cares? Amiga Katakis | カタキス (43211)

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 5200 Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Pixel-Heroes.de Game Boy May 09, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Retro Archives Atari 5200 Jan 21, 2018 15.5 out of 20 78
The Game Hoard Arcade Jan 10, 2020 5 out of 7 71
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 5200 Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Retro Archives Lynx Jan 21, 2018 14 out of 20 70
Compute's Amiga Resource Amiga Dec, 1989 12 out of 20 60
Video Games NES Mar, 1991 55 out of 100 55
Happy Computer Atari 8-bit Jul, 1984 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Oct, 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.


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

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