Styx (Windmill game)

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Styx
Styx
In-game screenshot
Developer(s) Windmill Software
Publisher(s) Windmill Software
Platform(s) IBM XT, IBM PC
Release date(s) 1983
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution 5.25" floppies

Styx was originally created by Windmill Software in 1983 and released as a copy-protected, bootable 5.25" floppy disk for the IBM PC/XT.

It is a clone of the 1981 arcade game Qix. Three significant differences are: the caterpillar (that can grow in size in later rounds), the introduction of diagonal movement (in contrast to Qix allowing only four directions), and the X1/X5/X10 multiplier that would color a claimed area corresponding to the color of the multiplier (also awarding that many points).

Styx was one of the few programs to make use of the 16-color quasi-graphics CGA mode (normally the CGA could only use 4 or 2 color graphics). However, it was possible to play on a monochrome monitor as long as the graphics card also supported color graphics (e.g. a Genoa Color Graphics Card).

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