Oldies but Goodies – Jezzball/Qix

Genre:  Puzzle
Platform:  PC (Windows 3.1)/Arcade

Jezzball was a wonderful time waster which came bundled with Windows 3.1.  As a kid, I spent a lot of time playing this one late into the night.  Your goal was to section off as much of the screen as you could by avoiding the balls on the screen.  You drew a line that went out in opposite directions from the place you clicked on.  If one of the balls hit your line, you lost a life.  It sounds simple, and it was, but it required precise timing.

Jezzball was actually inspired by the game Qix for the arcades and later NES and Gameboy color.  It was the same premise.  There weren’t a lot of frills about either game, but they were both very entertaining to my math-inclined mind.  I don’t really have a lot else to say about these, but if you never had the pleasure, I’m sure you can find Jezzball for free online somewhere.



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