QIX CONTROLS This game is played with a joystick. * IMPORTANT * Plug the joystick into Port 2 before turning on the power. After the game has loaded: Press the FIRE button to display the player selection screen. Move the joystick up or down to select a ONE player game, TWO player game, or a ONE player PRACTICE game. Press the FIRE button to begin play. During game play: Move your marker up/down/left/right with the joystick. Press and hold down the FIRE button to begin a SLOW draw. Releasing the FIRE button starts a FAST draw. Press F1 to pause the game; press F1 to resume play. HOW TO PLAY The QIX is an evil and terrifying computer virus. Nobody knows where it comes from. Your mission: immunize the system against this insidious infection! But the QIX is intelligent: it learns from its mistakes. It also breeds lethal subviruses that can quickly spread and infect your system. QIX Characters These infections are running rampant in your computer: ____ ===== QIX (The virus) /\\\ /////\\\ /////||\\\ //// ||| \ /// ||| // || / | SPARX . . . . . . . . . SPRITZ | \ | / \|/ /|\ / | \ | Each player starts with four lives. Fill in sections of computer memory without becoming infected. A level is completed when the required section of memory is immunized against the QIX. For example, you must immunize 65 percent of level one in advance to level two. The percentage increases as you progress. A life is lost if the QIX touches an incomplete line, or if the marker is attacked by a FUSE, SPARX, or SPRITZ. STATUS AND SCORING The status panel on the right side of the screen shows the current number of lives, required claim, completed claim, and current level. The SPARX timer is a red line located above the game screen. It begins to shrink during play. Two SPARX are created each time the line disappears. Player scores are located at the top of the screen. Points are awarded for each filled section of memory. A SLOW draw earns twice as many points as a FAST draw. A player earns 1,000 bonus points for each percent over the required goal. Trapping a SPRITZ virus inside a filled section is worth 500 points. All FAST fills will now generate SLOW points until you die. Splitting two QIX from each other multiplies the point value for each new FAST and SLOW fill. An extra life is awarded every 50,000 points. High Score Screen The computer will ask for your initials when the current game is over. Move the joystick up or down to select a letter. Press the FIRE button to confirm your choice. HINTS AND TIPS - QIX has no time limit; don't try and rush through a level. - Build walls to guide the QIX into a position where you can trap it. - Try and split a pair of QIX as often as you can; your score will multiply. - Keep moving; the SPARX are always looking for you. - Second guessing the QIX isn't recommended.
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