The MAW [Online Game Code]

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About the Product

  • 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

Product Information

Release date January 21, 2009
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3.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
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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
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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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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Taken as it is, it's a pretty simple third person platformer with a rather nice art direction. The game is really done a good service by the gimmick of escorting around, and helping to feed the Maw to complete levels and objectives.

The games two best qualities are the art design and gameplay gimmicks. It does make this pretty simple game a much better package overall. The entire game aesthetic is rather cute, and for a pc game is also extremely unique. It's almost a bit like a character platformer in some of the looks and character designs, and those don't really get much attention, or really ported at all, on the pc platform.

As it is, this is a decent game for kids. Because it looks cute, and the game, while not non-violent, doesn't glorify it, and handles it in a pretty tame manner that should be okay for the young ones.

Now the gameplay gimmick involves being able to give the Maw directions independent of the player character. So you don't directly control him. But it is fairly easy to get him to go where you want him to, because the level geometry isn't usually complex. But the point of directing him is to keep him from danger, and to lead him towards incapacitated food sources to make him grow. Fairly simple directive, but it can be fun.

The only real bad spots is the gameplay can get same after a while, and really benefits for playing it in sessions. My nephew has picked it up about 4 times and has yet to finish the game, though he's still having fun with it when he does.

There's also some glitches. The ones I've seen have been graphical and minor. But it's still a bit of an annoyance, and one was persistent enough that it required a total game restart.
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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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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). The camera was annoying to control as you were walking. There were a few buggy things and some confusion about what you could do and where in the terrain you could go. There were enough hints to figure it out but rather than spend 30 minutes getting to a cliff that I later find out I can't actually reach, it would be nice if off-limits areas were drawn a little differently.
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By DG on September 6, 2013
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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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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 bigger. It's a concept that took the Katamari series and propelled it to the hearts of many. It's a fun and proven concept. Except here, it's done terribly.

The game itself feels like a generic movie based video game. If you've ever played one, like the Spongebob: The Movie video game, you know that while the concept sounds fun, the execution can be very boring.

On to the game itself. The game runs well on the computer. Immediately apparent are the shaky camera controls: They're annoying. It might be one of those things that could be a deal breaker, but if you think you can deal with them, make sure you see a video of the game being played.

The gameplay for the game is puzzle based. However, the puzzles are extremely simple, and the game ends up being an annoying fetch quest style game. All you do is run across the map and get whatever object is required to pass through whatever obstacle is in your way. And this wouldn't be so tedious were the characters a little faster. The blob is slow, and you have to wait for it to catch up every now and then.

The game isn't too good. If you consider the possibilities of a gigantic, fiery blob wreaking havoc everywhere and think to yourself that it sounds like a great idea, this game isn't what you're expecting.
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