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Welcome to Game of the Week! Each week there will be a new featured game on this page. The game may be good, average or diabolically bad, it really doesn't matter! Just look at the pics, read the text and enjoy the nostalgia! :-) Game of the Week! is open to contributions so if you would like to contribute a game article for this page you're more than welcome to! Every article we receive will be considered!
1987 Firebird
Programmed by Zoli

Don't let the bland graphics and lack of music put you off this game, for underneath lies one of the simplest, most addictive games you're ever likely to play!

Based on the Qix genre of games, the basic idea is to fill 75% of the screen in blue by creating sections of blocks while avoiding the nasty enemy balls. You can freely move around in the blue area but as soon as you move into the black area, a yellow trail follows you until you touch blue again. If there are no balls in the enclosed trail area then it's filled in... and that's pretty much all there is to it! Each time you complete a level (by reaching a minimum of 75% filled in blue) another ball is added to the next level. You start off on level one with 2 balls in the blue area and 3 balls in the black unfilled area. On each level you can also press the fire-button to reverse the direction of the balls, but only a limited number of times (once on level 1, twice on level 2 etc..).

It's relatively easy in the first few levels to fill 75% of the screen in, but the real challenge is to try to get that elusive 99%. This is accomplished by trapping the balls roaming around the black unfilled zone into tiny spaces (remember an area is only filled in if there are no balls in it). This is where the real fun lies, and it's not as easy as it may first seem; you have to go from under 75% to 99% in one go! You also rack up millions of points by doing this!

Once you start playing this game, you'll find it very difficult to put down. It's one of those games that you can come back to time and time again, even after months of playing, and it has that "just one more go" element to it! The graphics are pants but they don't need to be anything fancy, there is no music but the sound effects of the balls hitting the edges of the blocks is enough, and there are no game-options but the high-score table makes up for that!

If you like simple games that make you think but require quick reflexes, then Zolyx is for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer fast-paced multi-scrolling gory shoot'em-ups then, ahh sod it, you'll still like Zolyx! :-)

Submitted by James Burrows (15 November 2000)

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