This straight adaptation of the arcade game is bound to please
those wanting a game that is so very different from the very many
space shoot-em-up games. The object of the game is to draw boxes
covering 75% of the screen and any percentage over 75 is awarded x
1000 points. You start off with three markers and move on to a new
screen when 75% or more is covered.
Your marker can draw lines but must avoid the Qix (a helix that
flies in space) while drawing - if it touches an unfinished line or
you, you lose a marker. Along with the Qix you have to avoid two sparx
- who travel, along the lines. Simply go out and draw something when
they are approaching. The sparx multiply beyond a certain time limit.
Normally you have fast draw (the boxes are coloured blue) and can
choose slow draw by keeping the trigger pressed while drawing (the
boxes are coloured brown) for double points. Hesitate in your drawing
and you start off a fuse at the beginning of your line. To stop it,
keep moving. Draw yourself a spiral and you end up in a death trap.
Once you have filled up two screens, you face two Qix - separate
them somehow with a line and you start again with points doubled.
Separate the two Qix again and the points are trebled, and so on.
The graphics of the game are very simple but the sounds are
pleasing and unique - just like the arcade. Because you are free to
draw any rectangular shapes that you think might work, this is a game
of strategy and planning. After a while you will find that filling in
90% of the screen is not too difficult but 98% or 99% takes some
planning and luck.