Qix
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  • Taito
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  • Action - Arcade Port (example - Asteroids)
  • 1989
  • 1-2
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7  |  More (*#! Viruses To Deal With
Darryl B. , 5/3/2005 2:45:31 PM
Qix was a helluva enigma when it appeared in the arcades in the 1980s: it's gameplay was almost indescribable, it's genre was almost as tough to nail down (not going under the classifications of "shooter", "sports game", "platformer", etc...guess it just goes under the description of "strategy"), and most of us didn't even PRONOUNCE it correctly, calling it "quix" (until some of us saw promotional posters in an arcade wall, like I did, saying that it was "pronounced 'kicks'". How lame!). Years later, it's gameplay has pretty much never been copied (it'd be too obvious what unique game was being ripping off) and it's appeared on a variety of gaming systems, as well as updates (like Ultimate Qix for the Sega Genesis).

In this very original game, you start out on a blank playfield with just the Qix (whatever it is, it's composed of a lot of lines that bend and twist and turn around). It's your job to fill in 65% of the screen with lines (at FIRST; that amount will increase in subsequent waves), which will become solid once you complete them; anything over that will result in bonus points. To accomplish this, you must hold down one of the draw buttons as you move the joystick; fast draw is the quickest, safest way to go, but the slow draw earns you twice as many points. If the Qix touches a line that isn't complete (i. e. before you can touch the other end to a solid surface, which will fill in part of the screen), you'll die,
and that section of the screen will end up not being completed (just like any overdue construction project on any length of street in any big city).

Also chasing you are Spritz' and a Fuse, which the latter can appear on an unfinished line in case you start drawing, but then have to pause for whatever reason; keep sitting there without moving, and the Fuse will make a beeline for you faster than Anna Nicole Smith running (or bouncing, probably) for a restaurant buffet. The Sparx', in the meantime, will roam around whatever filled-in portions you've already drawn, and take too long to finish a screen, and two additional Sparx' will be created just for you; yay! (The Sparx timer is indicated by a solid line at the top of the screen that diminishes over time during a level.) A second Qix will also start appearing onscreen as well later, if you get that far enough into the game.

Once computer sales started increasing in the 80s, the Qix was redefined once it hit the homes, as computers had started becoming more common, and all kinds of fun computer terms became household words in regards to computer-related problems then, as on this version, it's noted as "the computer virus game!" on the box (plus you're supposedly trying to "build a vaccine" for the virus as well; well, as long as it's YOU doing the building, rather than klutzy builder guy Tim Taylor from Home Improvement, then there's always hope). Oh, so THAT'S what the Qix is, eh? So then why the humorous title screen with a giant Qix roaming a street and terrorizing people then when you boot up the game?

Other than just describing the gameplay, though, there really isn't much more to go on than that, as this is a pretty good adaption of the arcade game. There was the inclusion of music this time around (the arcade original didn't have any, there was just the ominous loud hum of the Qix spinning and twisting it's way around the playfield), the game runs a little slower and instead of the boxes filling in the screen as you draw being a solid blue or brown, this time around the boxes have patterns in them. Other than those small things, there really isn't a whole lot of difference than the original.

I doubt this game is one most of us will be able to play over and over again for weeks on end, though, since it's pretty tough, which the only reason I gave it a 7 was due to how decent an adaption the game is; if it wasn't for that, then it would've gotten a 6, due to the difficulty level, as most of us won't be able to get to probably even 10 waves into the game, much less 30 or 40, but when it comes to arcade adaptions, it was a pretty close one, so that's why I gave it it's high rating, as that's one of the considerations I give for a port, as to how close an adaption it is.

After all, NONE of us could use any viruses on our computers now, could we? (Oh yeah: again, on the back of the box, it says "pronounced kicks". So there.)

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