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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 Atari 8-bit Qix main screen
QIX Apple IIgs Slowly trapping the qix.
QIX Commodore 128 Menu
QIX NES An introduction to the enemies

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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Get your kicks by beating Qix Amiga Katakis | カタキス (39830)

Critic Reviews

Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Atari 5200 Jun, 1983 4 out of 4 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 5200 Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Raze Game Boy May, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Retro Archives Amiga Jan 21, 2018 17 out of 20 85
NES Times NES Jan 09, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Play Time Lynx Mar, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Video Games Game Boy Mar, 1991 55 out of 100 55
The Video Game Critic Lynx Jan 17, 2005 C 50
Mag'64 Nintendo 3DS Sep 11, 2011 3.5 out of 10 35
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.

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