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The MAW [Online Game Code]

by Twisted Pixel Games
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
Everyone 10+ Steam
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews) 75 / 100

Price: $9.99
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  • Eight levels with varying puzzles and traps to overcome
  • Five unique creatures that instill Maw with five unique powers
  • Cinemas with lots of personality and humor throughout the entire buddy-comedy storyline
  • Interactive soundtrack by award-winning composer Winifred Phillips
  • Additional levels available as downloadable content

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  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B00BSE17XG
  • Release Date: January 21, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,183 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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The pinnacle of alien evolution, Maw is a cowardly fat blob concerned mostly with snacking and lounging. He can, however, absorb the traits of anything he eats, is virtually indestructible, and can grow to unlimited size. If he wasn't a danger to all life in the universe, he'd make the perfect pet. In this action/adventure game, he's the best friend of our hero Frank, and only by working together can Maw eat their way to freedom. The Maw was honored with the Audience Choice Award in the 2008 PAX-10 showcase of independent games, and is a finalist at this year's Independent Games Festival for Technical Excellence.

The Maw is a full featured 3D action/adventure game! Returning from a routine mission, a Galactic Bounty Hunter ship crash lands on a strange planet, leaving the captured Frank (our hero) and a tiny glowing blob in a cage labeled “THE DEADLIEST ORGANISM IN THE UNIVERSE” as the only survivors. Aware of the risks, but concerned about traveling around alone, Frank hooks the strange blob to a plasma leash from the wreckage. Making their way towards the communication tower in the distance, they must escape from the bounty hunters out to cage them, as well as the unknown dangers of the new planet they are on.

Key Features:

  • Frank’s plasma leash can be used to attach to Maw as well as creatures and other objects. The leash can slam and toss things around.
  • Take control of Frank and his strange blob as they try to make their way off of a dangerous planet
  • Frank and Maw must help each other to solve puzzles and get through each area.
  • 8 Levels with different puzzle and power creatures.
  • Single player story driven action/adventure game.
  • Power creatures give Maw different abilities, such as Fire Power, Slam Power and more.
  • Feed Maw a variety of different creatures and make him grow to help get through levels.
  • Use Frank’s plasma leash to control Maw, a small and indestructible organism that grows and evolves through gameplay.
  • Evolving gameplay as players must find new ways to control Maw as he grows.
  • Maw gains powers that can be used to get rid of enemies and solve level puzzles.
  • Single player story driven action/adventure.
  • Frank and Maw must help each other in order to win.
  • Plasma leash that can not only lead Maw around, but connect to other creatures and objects, which can be tossed and slammed.
  • Original music score by God of War composer Winifred Phillips.
  • Highly animated characters with lots of personality.
  • One of the most ambitious XBLA titles…a retail game’s amount of content that comes in under the 150 MB limit.
  • Vivid and colorful graphics that advances character animation and emotion.
  • Film-like in-game cinemas that provide humor and back-story.



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System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz or equivalent
RAM: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 300 MB
Video Card: Nvidia Geforce 7600 256 MB or equivalent, (ATI 2400 worked just as well)
Additional Info: DirectX 9.0c

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute game June 14, 2013
By DianaD
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Although I hated Dynasty of Dusk, I like this free game (June 2013). On a PC keyboard, you use the letters w, a, s and d to move the character. Space bar is used to dodge enemy fire, and the right mouse key attaches THE MAW to your character so that you both can move together and you can feed THE MAW by moving him toward his "snack". A simple game, but it was free, and I've spent 2 hours playing it so far today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good game July 14, 2013
By stewart
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This isn't the type of game I usually play, but its still pretty good. Its fun if you like to pretty much wander around small levels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for everyone! September 6, 2013
By DG
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I got this in the "Indie Combat Pack (and Ticket to Ride)" and I wasn't expecting much from a title I had never heard of before.

The cut-scenes manage to convex the story without much dialogue. You've crash-landed on an alien planet and one of your fellow prisoners, the titular "Maw" seems to enjoy your company. You soon find a leash and collar for your pet, who you quickly notice has a hunger for just about anything and everything he can fit in his maw. There are side benefits to this as he takes on some of the traits of whatever he eats. It flies? Guide him over to eat it and he'll fly too. It's on fire? Well you'll just have to play to see what happens there!

The controls are simple and straight-forward enough for beginners and the gameplay is still engaging enough to keep advanced gamers attention for hours. (I ended up playing for a couple of hours the first time I ran the game).

One of the things I like about it the most is that it looks like this will be a game which both my girlfriend and I can finally equally enjoy together!

That coupled with fairly simple controls and fun, colourful graphics (think Mario 3D) make this a great game for young and old alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game that doesn't overstay its welcome. June 29, 2013
By Josh
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The core mechanics of the game are simple enough. Even when things get more complicated they're still very basic and easy. But its everything else about the game that I love. The art style, the humor and the music are all top notch. Luckily the game is pretty short because i could see it becoming boring if it went on too long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Full of Bugs June 23, 2013
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Hard to complete some of the final levels without running into a game stopping bug. I'd stay away from this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great game May 28, 2013
By marty
alot of fun, great game, highly addictive, highly recommended, looked for a game to kill time and have fun, and this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great game for the price. March 4, 2014
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It's a simple game, with simple controls but all in all a fun little game. If you are bored and have the money to spare i would recommend this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Characters, Monotonous Gameplay January 5, 2014
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I have yet to finish The Maw after starting it twice, and it's not because it's a bad game, but more so to do with the slow, plodding pacing the game provides. This was the developer's first XBLA game and it shows a bit so many years down the road; playing the game feels very slow and VERY by the numbers (go here, collect, door opens, repeat). The characters are REALLY cute & charming though and shows the beginnings of what was to come in 'Splosionman and Comic Jumper.
Cute, funny, but ultimately is a bit of a snooze to play.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game.
Awesome game. The game is fun. Kept me entertained for a looooong time. A pleasant surprise. I'd like to have more like this one.
Published 4 months ago by A. Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun in Concept, Not in Execution
This game is "decent".

The game concept itself is pretty interesting. You're a blob that gets bigger the more he eats, and you can eat bigger things when you get... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Javier Morales
2.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story, not the best visual experience
The story was cute and I wanted to play it to see what would happen but this isn't really great to play on a PC (without the right controllers). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alice
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird
very weird game that i dont really enjoy. Got it free with another purchase so i cant complain. its ok.
Published 7 months ago by Holden
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
Control is a little awkward, and game is not very fun...a little redundant for my taste. But I am old...
Published 7 months ago by B. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive.
Got this as one of the Indie Grand Opening bonuses on Amazon. So free was a great price. Even without that, its a very well done game, with nice casual gameplay and humor. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kai
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and terrible
Boring low tech game that is not worth a dime. The whole package that I purchased was complete and total garbage.
Published 8 months ago by Kenneth A Schmidt
4.0 out of 5 stars fun game
got it free when they did the 3 free game thing. very amazed how well of a game it is for the price
Published 8 months ago by William j Kalal jr
5.0 out of 5 stars WTF is This!
This game is a game that i some how missed when i was starting off on steam. This game has some funny things in it and a wired look on pets. In other words i love it! 5 out of 5.
Published 9 months ago by Chris Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars cool game
great buy for all the games you get at that price. keeping an eye out for deals like this thanks
Published 9 months ago by fxrsniper
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