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    Version: 1.01 | Updated: 08/28/03 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

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                  GAME:  QIX
              PLATFORM:  ARCADE
                 GENRE:  ARCADE PUZZLE
               CREATOR:  TAITO Copyright 1981
    AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
                E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
           FAQ VERSION:  1.01
    
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                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
    
        UNIT   I:  INTRODUCTION
    
    1.  Legal Stuff
    2.  Version Information
    3.  Acknowledgements
    4.  Welcome
    5.  Overview
    
        UNIT  II:  GAME INFORMATION
    
    6.  The Game
    
        6.1  The Controls
        6.2  The Playing Fields
        6.3  Scoring
    
        UNIT III:  STRATEGIES
    
    7.  Playing the Game
    
        UNIT  IV:  CONCLUSION
    
    8.  Conclusion
    
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    | 1.  LEGAL STUFF |============================================================
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    This guide may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal
    private use.  It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
    publicly without advanced permission from the author.  Use of this guide on
    any other web sit or as part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and
    a violation of copyright.  All content in this guide is Copyright 2003 by
    Kevin Butler.  Only the sites listed below have permission to publish this
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    If you wish to put this guide on your site, e-mail me and ask.  Save yourself
    the headache of putting up with lawsuits and whatnot because you failed to ask
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    in this guide, please acknowledge that you have done so.
    
    If you see this guide on any other site then the one listed above, please
    e-mail me.  If you wish to ask questions or give input to this guide, please
    e-mail me.  Just have Qix as the subject so I know it isn't another kooky
    vendor trying to sell me hair gel or another XXX site telling me I have new
    friends.
    
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    | 2.  VERSION INFORMATION |====================================================
    +=========================+
    
    Version 1.0   8/17/03:  A guide is born.
    
    Version 1.01  8/28/03:  Fixed a couple of errors.
    
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    | 3.  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS |=======================================================
    +======================+
    
    The following are a list of people or organizations that have made this FAQ
    possible:
    
    My wonderful family (who has had to put up with the tapping on the keyboard)
    Taito for making a great arcade game
    GameFAQ's for putting up this FAQ
    
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    | 4.  WELCOME |================================================================
    +=============+
    
    Welcome to my FAQ for Qix.  Since the game has you continuously making boxes to
    get the required area in the game, there is no walkthrough per se.  Instead it
    will be broken up into the game itself and strategies for survival.  Input is
    appreciated along with constructive criticism.  If you wish to e-mail me
    thoughts on this FAQ, better ways of doing things, other strategies, etc., feel
    free.  Make sure you put Qix as the subject.  If you don't, I'm liable to
    discard the e-mail as spam.
    
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    | 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================
    +==============+
    
    Qix was created by a company that really does not need an introduction.  They
    took the world by storm in 1978 with Space Invaders.  After Space Invaders,
    they created such games as Lunar Rescue and Space Invaders II.  Qix was another
    innovation by Taito.  It went contrary to all the other games of the day
    (except perhaps Pac-Man).  It wasn't a space-shoot-em-up type of game, but one
    that actually required one to plan and think actual strategy to accomplish the
    game's objectives.  Although tournaments were held to see who was the master of
    this game, it really never took off.  This may have due to the very reason it
    was so innovative, it required people to actually think about the game instead
    of the mindless entertainment of shooting up aliens.  Have fun and good luck
    avoiding the Qix.
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    ******************************** U N I T  II **********************************
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    | 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================
    +==============+ 
    
    Qix is a two-dimensional, overhead style game.  You are responsible for moving
    your Marker around the perimeter of the game screen.  At opportune moments, you
    need to create "boxes" to reclaim some of the area that the Qix is in.  As you
    continue to make these "boxes", the percentage area that you have claimed will
    go up.  Once you reach the threshold area, then you go onto the next screen.
    To keep you from accomplishing this area gain are various enemies:  The Qix it-
    self, Sparx, and Fuses.  After a certain time, the Qix will split and you will
    have to contend with two of them "running" around the game screen.  The action
    is continuous and sometimes the mental strain is great.  There is no time limit
    but the enemies make sure you don't have too much time to think.  Maybe it is
    time for more mindless entertainment destroying aliens.
    
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    / 6.1  The Controls /__________________________________________________________
    --------------------
    
    The controls on this game are very easy.  It may, though, take just a little
    bit of time to get used to them.
    
    -  A four-way joystick for moving left, right, up, and down
    
    -  A slow button
    
    -  A fast button
    
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    / 6.2  The Playing Fields /____________________________________________________
    --------------------------
    
    Qix involves just one screen.  I have included an example of what the playing
    screen looks like:
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                                                        MARKERS    |
        |                                                         LEFT->O   |
        |              AREA YOU'VE     CLAIMED                  SCORE   O   |
        | GRAPHIC OF   CLAIMED SO FAR->57% 75%<-THRESHOLD               O   |
        | AREA CLAIMED ->------------------------------------               |
        |  +---------------------------------------*---------------------+  |
        |  |                                                             |  |
        |  |                                                             |  |
        |  |                       \ |                                   |  |
        |  |                        \|                                   |  |
        |  |                         |    /                              |  |
        |  |                         |\  /                               |  |
        |  |                         | \/ /<- QIX                        |  |
        |  *<- SPARX                   / /                               |  |
        |  |                          / /                                |  |
        |  |                                    PLAYING FIELD            |  |
        |  |                                                             |  |
        |  |             +- YOUR MARKER                                  |  |
        |  |             |                                               |  |
        |  |             V                                               |  |
        |  |         ___/\_____                                          |  |
        |  |         |  \/    |                                          |  |
        |  |         |      <-- CLAIMED AREA                             |  |
        |  |         |        |                                          |  |
        |  +---------+--------+------------------------------------------+  |
        |                                                                   |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
    You control your Marker through the screens.
    
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    / 6.3  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":
    
    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.
    
    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).
    
    You get 3 Markers for the game.
    
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    ******************************** U N I T  III *********************************
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    | 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================
    +======================+
    
    When you start the game, your Marker will be at the bottom, middle of the
    playing screen.  It is now up to you to start creating boxes.  Keep in mind
    that you need to be constantly moving or the Sparx will take out your Marker.
    In addition, when you are moving your Marker around the perimeter, you can only
    move along the perimeter actually touching the Playing Field.
    
    -  First of all, you must be constantly aware of two things.  First, you must
       know where the Qix is located at all times.  It moves randomly and can go
       anywhere on the Playing Field that your boxes haven't blocked.  Last, the
       Sparx are constantly moving around the perimeter of the Playing Field.  This
       can set up a dangerous situation where one Sparx is coming at you from one
       way and another from the other to make your Marker a "Sparx Sandwich".
    
    -  Once you have assessed the danger, it is time to start making boxes.  There
       are a few things to note when you are making boxes:
    
       -  When you start to draw the line, the Sparx cannot travel along the new
          perimeter you are creating until it is filled in.
    
       -  The Qix, though, is your primary concern.  If it touches any part of a
          line before the box is filled in, you will lose your Marker.
    
       -  The box must begin and end either at a filled box or on the side of the
          Playing Field.  You cannot connect the line to itself.  If you try to do
          this, you will go into what is called a "Spiral Death Trap" and a Fuse
          will follow your line to your Marker and destroy it.
    
    _______________________________________________________________________________
    
    Here is what I am talking about in how to make boxes:
    
           +---------------------------------------*---------------------+
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                       \ |                                   |
           |                        \|                                   |
           |                         |    /                              |
           |                         |\  /                               |
           |                         | \/ /                              |
           *                           / /                               |
           |                          / /                                |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           +________/\___________________________________________________+
                    \/
    
    -  Press either the Slow or Fast button and push the joystick up to start the
       line creation.  Keep in mind, once you choose a speed, you are committed to
       that speed until the box is made.
    
           +------------------------------------------------------------*+
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                       \ |                                   |
           |                        \|                                   |
           |                         |    /                              |
           |                         |\  /                               |
           |                         | \/ /                              |
           |                           / /                               |
           |                          / /                                |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           *                                                             |
           |         /\                                                  |
           |         \/                                                  |
           |         |                                                   |
           |         |                                                   |
           +---------+---------------------------------------------------+
    
    -  The Qix looks close so push the joystick to the right.
    
           +-------------------------------------------------------------+
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                       \ |                                   |
           |                        \|                                   |
           |                         |    /                              |
           |                         |\  /                               |
           |                         | \/ /                              |
           |                           / /                               |
           |                          / /                                *
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |         ___/\_____                                          |
           |         |  \/                                               |
           |         |                                                   |
           |         |                                                   |
           +---------+--*------------------------------------------------+
    
    -  Now, we have to connect the last part either to the border of the Playing
       Field or a filled in box.  Looks like we are close to the border so we will
       connect it there.
    
           +-------------------------------------------------------------+
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                       \ |                                   |
           |                        \|                                   |
           |                         |    /                              |
           |                         |\  /                               |
           |                         | \/ /                              |
           |                           / /                               |
           |                          / /                                |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |         __________                                          |
           |         |        |                                          |
           |         |        |                                          |
           |         |        |                                          *
           +_________|________/\____*____________________________________+
                              \/
    
    -  Once you connect the last part successfully, the box will fill in either
       brown or blue depending on the speed button selected.  Congratulations, you
       have made your first box.  You continue to do this with varying sizes of
       boxes (again, dependent on risk), until you get at or greater then the
       Threshold.
    
    This is the "Spiral Death Trap":
    
           +-------------------------------------------------------------+
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                       \ |                                   |
           |                        \|                                   |
           |                         |    /                              |
           |                         |\  /                               |
           |                         | \/ /                              |
           |                           / /                               |
           |                          / /                                |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |                                                             |
           |         __________                                          |
           |         |        |                                          |
           |         |        |                                          |
           |         |_/\_____+                                          |
           |         | \/                                                |
           |         |                                                   *
           +---------+--------------*------------------------------------+
                    FUSE         
    
    -  Instead of connecting to the border or a filled in box, you attempt to
       connect to the line you have drawn.  You cannot do this.  What will happen
       is a Fuse will ignite where FUSE appears.  It will travel up to your Marker
       via the line to destroy your Marker.  Another way the Fuse appears is if you
       hesitate or delay in the middle of box creation.
    
    _______________________________________________________________________________
    
    -  After the fourth wave, the Qix will split in two.  Now you have two Qix's
       bouncing around to deal with.  You major goal is to actually "split" the
       Qix's into their own areas.  This means creating a series of boxes so that
       each Qix will be in its own compartment.  See Chapter 6.3 for how this is
       scored.
    
    -  For maximum points, you must do two things:
    
       -  First, use the slow button as much as possible since this is where the
          points are.
    
       -  Try to claim as much area in each box as possible.  That percentage
          multiplied by the speed value can yield some big point values.
     
       -  Constantly try to split the Qix's (if you can) to get that bonus
          multiplier even higher.
    
       -  When you are close to the Threshold, find an area in the Playing Field
          that hasn't really been touched and try to make a big box.  That way, you
          will go over the 75% Threshold and claim a bonus.
    
    -  As the waves progress, everything gets faster and the game will become less
       forgiving if you are less then committed to making a box.
    
    -  Also, listen for sounds in this game.  The only real sound you need to be
       concerned with is what sounds like a fuse being lit.  If you are making a
       box and you hear this sound, that means you are taking too long or you have
       unfortunately gotten yourself into a "Spiral Death Trap".  In the case of
       delay, once you move the fuse will go out.
    
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    ********************************  U N I T  IV *********************************
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    | 8.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================
    +================+
    
    When this game came out, it was sitting by itself in a corner of the local con-
    venience store.  The attract noises are what first brought me over to the game.
    I watched a little of the demo but I figured that I would have to play the game
    if I was going to understand it at all.  At first, it was kind of difficult to
    figure out what I had to do.  With practice, however, one got better at the
    game by learning the nuances and strategies for survival.  It was the un-
    predictability of the game that kept it interesting and definitely increased
    its playability.  Unfortunately, it is very rare to find this machine anywhere.
    However, through the miracle of emulation, a whole new generation is realizing
    what we "old" folks enjoyed those many years ago.  In addition,
    www.shockwave.com is bringing many of these classic games back.  Check out
    their site to see what ones are there.  I hope this guide helps you in being
    able to get the most amount of gameplay for this game.  If you do have other
    ideas or thoughts, please e-mail me and share them.  Who knows, maybe I'll
    start a Q&A Chapter in this guide if enough people ask the same questions. Any-
    way, thank you again for reading this guide.
    
    To see other FAQ's I have written please go to:
    
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