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The Maw

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
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2.2
Xbox 360
77
3.6
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Description

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 Frank uses his leash to control Maw.
The Maw Windows Title screen
The Maw Xbox 360 Using the grapple to flip Maw more food.
The Maw Xbox 360 Lead Maw around with the grapple as a leash.

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The Press Says

Giant Bomb Xbox 360 Jan 29, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Windows Mar 11, 2009 8 out of 10 80
IGN Xbox 360 Jan 20, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Game Critics Xbox 360 Jan 26, 2009 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers Xbox 360 Jan 26, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Xbox 360 Feb 03, 2009 B 75
Worth Playing Xbox 360 Feb 01, 2009 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot Xbox 360 Jan 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Gamekult Xbox 360 Jan 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Feb 12, 2009 5 out of 10 50

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