When you get past the title page, you will see the game screen. The red
noisy lines bouncing on the screen are the Quix and the yellow blinking
things are called the sparklers. They work with the Quix is to try to stop you from reaching your goal. There is one other enemy, but I will tell you more about it later. Your goal is to fill in 75% of the screen. More on how to do that later.
Now to explain the things at the bottom of the screen. The numbers to the left are the players score and on the right are the high score.
The word Quix in the middle serves three purposes. First its the title of the game. It changes colour to show what colour the shape will be painted in and it shows by getting thinner the number of men you have left. There are three different widths to the word, the wider the more men you have. You start the game with 3 men and you can't get more than that.
The red line shows how much time you have until you come back on the screen. You don't have to wait, just press the button.
The blue shows how much time you have until you come back on the screen. You don't have to wait, just press the button.
The blue shows how much is left to paint. Each notch is 25% and if the whole line is gone then 100% is painted.
To work the man, use the joystick to move him in any of the four directions. Try moving the stick up for a while, then left, then down. You should have made a box at the bottom of the screen that is filled in blue. You now have a score. You received one point for each dot in the box. If you do the same thing but keep the button held down from start to end of draw you will get a red box to show that you have gotten two points for each dot in the box. Notice the blue line shortening. After 75% is reached you get a bonus of four points for every dot over 75%. You always get one point for each dot of line used to make the shape.
There are rules to drawing. the first rule is don't stop drawing or a fuse will start burning up the wick and if it touches you then you will lose a man. The second rule is that you can't touch yourself while drawing. You can only touch a wall. The sparklers that go around the screen are used to force the player into the open for the Quix. If either touch you, you lose a man.
To obtain a free man you have to be good enough to get two Quix's. If you separate the pair, one will die and you will get a free man.