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Qix (set 1)

0.23 [John Butler, Ed. Mueller]


- The first time you run the game, it will ask the language. You can use F1 to proceed through all the configuration screens, or just reset (F3). To change the language afterwards, delete the QIX.NV file from the NVRAM-directory and re-run the program.

- Press F2 to enter test mode, then F1 to advance to the next test. There are no dipswitches, press F1 to enter the service mode, then F1=Next screen, F2=Next line, F5=Up, F6=Down.


- Qix uses two 6809 CPUs: one for data and sound and the other for video. The third CPU, a 6802, is used for sample playback. It drives an 8-bit DAC and according to the schematics a TMS5220 speech chip, which is never accessed. ROM u27 is the only code needed. A sound command from the data CPU causes an IRQ to fire on the 6802 and the sound playback is started.


- 0.37b16: Changed M6802 CPU3 clock speed to 921600 Hz and set palettesize from 256 to 1024 colors.

- 1st August 1999 John Butler modified Qix to draw straight to screen bitmap.

- 0.35RC1: Al Kossow added clone Qix (set 3).

- 9th June 1999: Al Kossow added another version of Qix.

- 0.35b3: Nicola Salmoria added clone Qix (set 2).

- 0.30: Mike Balfour added clone Qix II (Tournament). Aaron Giles added sound in Qix and support dirty rectangles.

- 0.29: Qix runs correctly and without slowdowns (Nicola Salmoria).

- 0.28: John Butler added optimizations to Qix and fixed several problems in Qix.

- 0.23: John Butler and Ed. Mueller provided a driver for Qix (Taito 1981). High Score saving supported too. Issues: No sound. Emulation will be slow on anything less than a Pentium 133. Interrupt timing should be exact now (NdMix). Player 2 controls don't work right.


- Controll your Marker with joystick.

- To draw stix press Fast or Slow.

- Claim areas by joining walls with stix.

- Scores based on area: 250 points for Fast Score and 500 points for Slow Score.

- Claim more than 75% of the playfield for special Bonus.

- Your opponents are the Qix and two Sparx.

LEVELS: 1 (endless)

Other Emulators:

* HiVE

Category: Qix

Recommended Games:

Super Qix

Twin Qix



Romset: 32 kb / 16 files / 22.4 zip