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Arcade here we come!
Qix is one of those really genuine Arcade classics. Your job is to claim a special percentage of the screen by drawing polygons. Once your polygon is drawn it will be filled with a colourful pattern and you're off for the next part. But what would a game be without villains? To make your job a lot harder, there are sparks moving on your drawn lines that will instantly kill you when they get you. The main adversary, though, is the colour-styx that hovers around the screen. If he touches you or your incomplete polygons, they will be directly destroyed.
The good news: There is no time limit.
The bad news: After a specific amount of time two additional sparks will appear and complicate your job.

In the first two levels you simply need to claim 65% of the screen and you‘re done. In level three you will be facing two styx which makes life much harder…

Your player is controlled with the cursor keys. To draw a line press the space bar together with the direction key you like to start drawing. Then you have two options. Release the space key to make a fast move with less points or do not release the space bar and you will do a slow movement but get much more points. Beware, the rest of the game keeps its pace. When you want to make a very big polygon you best hold the cursor key to the opposite direction of your current movement to make you line „unbreakable“. A little spark appears and draws your line in a grey colour. Now nothing can harm you at that part of your structure, but when you release the opposite direction key too late your own spark will kill you.

The graphics of Qix are fine for 1989. You can play it in quite colourful EGA graphics mode. For retro lovers a „setup.bat“ is included in the game files. With this starting option you can switch graphics to even CGA and the sounds to the internal speaker.

This classic is best played on DOSBox - enjoy! I really would like to see your highscores posted in the forum!


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