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The Maw

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
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2.2
Xbox 360
77
3.6
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The Maw starts with a galactic bounty hunter space ship crash landing on an exotic planet. The only survivors are the friendly alien Frank and the blobby-like creature Maw (the deadliest organism in the universe). Maw likes to eat things and he absorbs the traits of anything he eats and can grow to unlimited size. Frank and Maw now must escape from the bounty hunters that are out to catch them.

The Maw is a 3D third-person action game where the player has direct control of Frank. Early in the game, Frank finds an electric leash which he uses to control Maw's movement and to interact with the world. The main task the player has to do in the game is to feed Maw till he grows. The game world is inhabited with many different creatures that Maw can feed on. Starting out with cute little pink blobby pets, Maw will eventually come across larger and larger creatures to consume.

Some of the things that Maw eats gives him special abilities that are crucial to get further in the game. For example, early in the game there is fire lizards that when eaten causes Maw to breathe fire. This new ability can then be used to burn trees that blocks passages.

Some parts of the world is inaccessible for Maw, and therefore Frank has to do some platform jumping to help out. He can then use his leash to drag and throw food to Maw. He can also use the leash to move obstacles in his path.

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The Maw Windows Title screen
The Maw Windows Main menu
The Maw Xbox 360 Maw ate a floating creature, so now we use him like a balloon.
The Maw Xbox 360 Frank and The Maw.

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The Press Says

TeamXbox Xbox 360 Jan 14, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Atomic Gamer Xbox 360 Feb 03, 2009 85 out of 100 85
Game Vortex Xbox 360 Feb, 2009 83 out of 100 83
Giant Bomb Xbox 360 Jan 29, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Mar 01, 2009 7.6 out of 10 76
Gamernode Xbox 360 Feb 13, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
NZGamer Xbox 360 Feb 03, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Jan 21, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Gamekult Xbox 360 Jan 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Mar 16, 2009 14 out of 20 70

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