C64 Review of Zolyx from Issue 26

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Zolyx is a spot who lives in a black rectangular arena bordered by a thin blue line. His life is a dangerous one as he is constantly troubled by two sorts of renegade spots - the type which bounce around inside the walls of the arena, and another sort which run around the arena border. The only way to survive their deadly touch is to keep on the move - and this is where problems arise.

Zolyx can move around the arena perimeter quite happily, but is eventually bound to crash into one of the border-occupying spots. It seems obvious then, for Zolyx to travel into the empty arena - but unfortunately it's not that simple. The trouble starts when Zolyx enters the arena - he leaves a yellow line behind him wherever he goes, which isn't very nice because if a spot crashes into the line Zolyx loses one of his five lives. Further still, once Zolyx starts to create a line he can't stop - doing so means death...

There is some good news however. When Zolyx gets back to the arena perimeter the area enclosed is filled in blue - allowing Zolyx to move anywhere within. Further intrusions into the renegade spot space, and successful retreats to safety, result in enemy territory slowly being filled in, and more coming under control of Zolyx.

Sometimes a pair of spots may be split. In this case neither area is filled because each one is occupied by a spot - consequently Zolyx has to eat away at both areas to reduce the spot's superiority.

Our spotty hero has one trick up his sleeve. When an enemy threatens either himself or his yellow line, a quick press of the fire button reverses the paths of the belligerent pixels. This facility is available once on the first level, twice on the second, and so on ad nauseum...

A constantly updating numerical display at the top of the screen shows the percentage of the play area that Zolyx has claimed. When the heroic spot has reclaimed over 75% of the arena the screen clears to show an empty arena, filled with even more renegade spots, and Zolyx is forced to start to build up his territory again...

This review was typed in/OCRed by Peepo

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CraigGrannell - 11 Aug 2004
Tetris may be a game that proves simplicity is best, but Zolyx takes that ideal to extreme levels. Essentially a souped-up Qix, this game kept me engrossed for many-a night, and it still plays brilliantly today. Graphics and sound were over-rated at the time, but I think the gang under-rated the game overall, especially as it was available for a piffling two quid.

Rating : 92%
Steve Jarratt
Full price games are certainly coming under severe attack from the budget sector these days, and Zolyx merely continues the trend. It is without doubt the most addictive game I've played for months, and I personally had to confiscate everyone else's joystick to give myself long enough to review the damn thing. Apart from a limited variety between screens, I have no real reservations in recommending that you go straight out and buy this game - it's tremendous.
Paul Sumner
I can't sleep at night - those little spots flying through my brain, rebounding off my skull and attempting to blow me up...it's hell! My shrink can't understand it, no amount of drugs or therapy can prevent this raging addiction. I...I'm a Zolyxaholic. When I'm not actually seated at the screen, I'm locked away in a world of my own, inventing sub-games and working out ways of reaching level five or attaining the magical 99%. I'd really like to tell you more, but I'm off for another attempt...
Julian Rignall
There's one thing that's really bugging me. Why is it that a game that looks like a complete and utter pile of rubbish can be so hellishly addictive? The graphics are bland and repetitive beyond belief, the sound is simply an afterthought and there is nothing in the way of options or a title screen. But, it's Qix and I love it. Each copy should come with a Government Health Warning: Playing Zolyx could lead to terminal brain fag.
Pleasantly laid out, but a very poor title screen and no options.

Plain and simple, but still effective.

A bubbly sort of noise plays throughout.

Unnervingly simple to pick up. Horribly difficult to put down.

May pall initially, but it's the sort of game you can come back to end enjoy months later.

Well worth pawning your Granny for...

One of the simplest and most addictive programs around. Try it if you think you can stand the pace.