Qix: Classic Arcade Game Video, History & Game Play Overview


Authorized and published by Taito in 1981, Qix was marketed as the very first drawing arcade game. Qix was ported to the Nintendo Game Boy, the Atari 5200, 800 and 400 as well as the Nintendo Entertainment System. New, updated versions of Qix were released in the 2000s.

While Qix had a unique premise, it was not enough to keep arcade fans entertained in the long run. Relatively few arcade machines were sold and there were no sequels. A remake of Qix released for the Nintendo home video gaming system also featured Mario and Luigi of the Mario Brothers series.

Qix is a one or two player game.


Game Play Overview

At the beginning of each board is an empty screen. The objective of Qix is to draw multiple sections until capturing a majority of the screen, all while avoiding the Qix and Sparx. In order to do this, the directional keys must be utilized. While the game Qix can never be beaten, the skills needed to progress far into the game can be mastered.

More points are earned the faster that you are able to draw. There are only two default speeds in which players can draw; fast or slow. Drawing faster will help you to proceed more quickly, but you will also receive fewer points. Lines of different colors fill in each level depending on how quickly you are able to navigate it. In order to move on, you will need to completely draw in at least 75% of the screen or whatever the requirement the player has set (50 to 90%).

Special Features

When the screen is split, you can earn more points by drawing individual squares. Instead of moving around the board and filling it in randomly, you should try to completely fill in smaller areas for additional points. If successful, you will get a handsome multiplier bonus.


Qix – This is the stick like enemy that moves around the board preventing players from filling in areas of the board. If the Qix touches a line while you are in the midst of drawing a box you will lose a life.

Marker – Each player is given a single marker in which to draw. If you run into a Sparx, you lose a life. The marker is used to draw all lines, also known as Stix.

Sparx – Are an enemy group that travels along the edges making it difficult for the Marker. There are two Sparx on each level.

Stix – These are the actual lines that make up each solid section. Red Stix indicates that a player has chosen to draw slowly while blue Stix indicate the faster speed.

How to Play Qix

The directional keys and drawing speed keys are the only controls in Qix. There are unlimited levels in Qix, but the game always starts off the same way.

The marker, which is what is used to draw in lines, can only move around the outskirts of the board at first. Once you have drawn some lines, you will be able to move toward the center of the screen. Although you will want to complete each level in the fastest manner possible in order to prevent running into the Qix and Sparx, you also want to get the maximum number of points.

Beginning in the middle, lower portion of the screen, you will see your marker. You should immediately begin to draw a box. On the first few levels it will be easier to draw slowly because the Qix and Sparx will also be moving slowly. However, on higher levels, their speed will increase considerably.

After red and blue Stix make up the majority of the once empty screen, you will automatically move on to the next level. A stats box to the left of the screen will let you know how much of the board is currently filled in.

On the fourth level, you will encounter the split screen. There will be two Qix moving about, giving you less room to work with. This is when you will be able to get the multiplier bonus.

Eventually, you will succumb when the Sparx and Qix move faster than you are able to draw. For this reason, you will want to get the most points possible while on lower levels.

Hints and Tips
- While players have the option of abandoning a box that they were beginning to fill in at any time, this makes completing the level more difficult. Remember that there needs to be lines filling at least 75% of every board. On the other hand, it is better to move on to another part of the screen if you feel that your marker is in danger.

- All new boxes must be connected to already filled-in areas of the screen. If you attempt to start a new box that directly touches a box that was abandoned, you will lose your marker.

- Drawing slowly will always yield twice as many points as drawing quickly. Consider where both the Qix and Sparx are in relation to your marker before committing to a drawing speed.


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