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Maelstrom is a managerial space strategy and simulation game. After the last great war, a small and previously unnoticed planet, Zokbar J, seized the opportunity and pounced on the broken pieces, creating the "Syndicate," which now vies for domination of the galaxy. You defected, and now control Harmony, a large Fitzholium miner, and can manage your planets' resources to build a fleet and defeat the Syndicate.


Maelstrom DOS Manage Your Mining Interests
Maelstrom DOS Title Screen
Maelstrom DOS Intro Screen
Maelstrom DOS Check Your Stats

Alternate Titles

  • "Syd Mead's Maelstrom: A New Form of Entertainment" -- DOS German release tag-lined title

User Reviews

A little-known game by a company known to make poor games, yet surprisingly cool DOS Daniel Zaharopol (14)
My favorite game ever. DOS Robert Classified (3)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jul, 1993 9 out of 12 75
Amiga Joker Amiga May, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 67 out of 100 67
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 63 out of 100 63
PC Player (Germany) DOS Apr, 1993 62 out of 100 62
PC Joker DOS Mar, 1993 61 out of 100 61
Power Play DOS Apr, 1993 40 out of 100 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS May, 1994 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
High Score DOS Oct, 1995 1 out of 5 20


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This game had many now-famous movie people working on it. It was created jointly by Plain-and-Simple (PAS) Systems and Don Bluth Multimedia - Don Bluth himself has later gone to direct and produce Titan AE, Anastasia, and other large animated movies. Several other people listed in the credits went on to work on some popular movies.

Related Web Sites

  • Maelstrom Fansite (Finally - a fansite for Maelstrom. Includes a lot of info from the game itself, as well as an interview with Andy Blau, the guy who wrote the game in the first place.)
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