Qix (c) 10/1981 Taito.
- BASIC IDEA -
The objective of Qix is to claim a certain proportion of the playing field as your own.
At the start of each level, the playing field is just a large, empty rectangle, containing the Qix - a sticklike entity that performs peculiar, erratic motions within the confines of the rectangle. The player controls a small marker that can move around the edges of the rectangle. To claim an area of the screen, the player must detach from an edge and draw Stix within the rectangle. Stix are simply lines traced out by moving the marker. When the marker traces out a closed shape, the area enclosed by the shape becomes solid and has been claimed. The player may draw either Fast Stix, which appear blue when solid, or Slow Stix, which appear red. Slow Stix take longer to draw, but are worth twice as many points. Once the player has claimed an area, the marker can safely move along the border of that claimed area. To complete a level, the player must claim 75% or more of the rectangle's area.
- TRIVIA -
The author named the game ''QIX'' (pronounced ''KICKS'' and not ''QUIX'') because his car registration/number plate at the time was : ''JUS4QIX''.
Qix is the first ''drawing game'', a truly original game. Also the first totally Taito American game, Qix initially did big numbers, but quickly died when players discovered the machine was 'unbeatable'. Having a googolplex of possible combinations, there was no singular pattern to the game and players lost interest.
A Qix unit appears in the 1983 movie ''Joysticks'' and in the 1984 movie ''The Karate Kid''.
- SCORING -
There are a couple of ways you earn points in Qix. The first involves actually claiming areas.
There are two buttons, slow and fast. These buttons determine how fast your Marker goes. In essence, going slow increases the risk of losing your Marker so it is obviously worth more points. Here's how the points work out for making ''boxes'':
1) Slow : It is a base 500 points multiplied by the percentage of area covered by that box. For example, if you create a box that claims 3% of the total area, then points scored would be 500 X 3 or 1500 points. This area fills in with brown.
2) Fast : It is a base 250 points multiplied by the percentage of area covered by that box. For example, if you create a box that claims 1% of the total area, then points scored would be 250 X 1 or 250 points. This area fills in with blue.
NOTE : The above points may not be exact since the game rounds off the percentages to whole numbers for display but calculates them using decimal percentages.
You also get bonus points for going above the 75% Threshold. Any percentage above the 75% Threshold is multiplied by 1000 to determine your bonus points.
During the split Qix screens, if you successfully split the Qix's into their own compartments, you will get a multiplier bonus that is applied to points scored when you are making boxes. For example, if you had a 250 points and the multiplier was 3X, you now have 750 points. This multiplier increments by one every time you successfully split the Qix's. Of course, when you do this, you don't get the bonus points (if you had any).
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Comments about Qix:
i'm new to Qix its kind of toughfurrykisskiss
ooohhh man I played this as an arcade
game in the 70s haha.... It's still as
addictive as it was then! :)lydia
How do you start playing qix on pc I
played in the 80s when husband in navy
it was a cool game and I have put a lot
of quarters into it would love to playpeanut1957
I blew a lot of quarters on Qix in
1983. Now it's ... coming back ... my
brain ... rewired ... aaaaaah!Biggadicca
still one of the best gamesJaxZen
fun freaking game.... beasttreyisbest10181018
So basic... but so awesome to play xDSsonicmovies
This game makes me want to break out my
Atari 5200! There is a major difference
between this version and the Atari 5200
version. You don't start off with sparks
chasing you on Atari, which makes it a
lot more fun. I'll have to rate this a 3
because of that.jigadre
ahhh nothing like the classics, whish I
could go back to the 80's 1 more time 1.Boogerman
HOOKED LINE AND SINKER!Lainey
Boo Hoo my up and down arrows wont work
: ( any ideas why?Lainey
Old school...Love it!PIX
love Qix but arrows won't
EU SOU FODAGERRY
Loved Qix as a 13 year old it was
so different than space invaders still
love it today. Reflexs and a bit of
luck, though using the arrows is a
little difficult the old style
controller real got hammered back in the
day, being lft handed worked a treat as
the joystick was on the left.Geo
it good game it been so long play it i
get better sooni love QixGuerry
how the hell do you start the game where
is the start button???? please help....nathan724
Yessssssssss thats my game - press the
x and the arrows ;-)marie_cgn
i was good at this it been so long i
play this i glad play it again i get
better soon lolGuerry
My favorite video game of the 80's.
Easier with joystick though.pireton
ADDICTED TO QIX AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME
IN 23 YRS.......getatme27
What are the controls for Qix? I
know the arrow keys move it around the
fixed rectangle, but I'm not aware how
to make my own rectangle.Ernie
Addictive retro game, just as
challenging as I remember the
Favorite game from the 80'sgenius
Cool game. I love playing itTugaOnGame
this is my ather gameRASHON
really cool game, , kinda hard. I cant
Qix is fun but pretty hard for meSlayerInBlood
Pretty good. Wish I had a joystick.rmacey
Hmm, not bad at all, but the Qix is
unpredictable, like a crazy spinning
this is a good game but it gets really
hard ,but I sill dont know what the goal
of the game is or what to dogearsman1
the orginal one you only need 60%
control, that is needing all new tactics
=Pbo bo bo
omg i love Qix i have it on my
gameboy omg i have to find it now any
one reading this should know Qix
is very addictive so you have been
Long time since I have seen this Game,
yet again I am hooked. Should have
loggd on sooner, fluked a high score and
would have been good to keep the proof.BlunderWudge