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Maelstrom is a real-time strategy game that takes place in 2050, on a savage future Earth. After an ecological disaster the two remaining human factions wage ware against vicious alien invaders, and each other, in a desperate struggle for survival. The factions are The Remnants (low-tech resistance fighters using conventional weapons), The Ascension (highly intelligent, logical, and ruthless exploiters using high-end futuristic weapons) and the alien race Hai-Genti (aquatic life-forms using bio-engineering as their main weapon).

Terraforming and influencing the elements are important parts of the gameplay. By freezing rivers, creating tornadoes or forming a mountain range players can transform their defense position. Hero units can be controlled directly in a third-person view. Six players can play in several online multiplayer game modes. The singleplayer part consists of 3 campaigns, for each of the factions.


Maelstrom Windows Loading screens provide the mission briefing.
Maelstrom Windows Commencing attack.
Maelstrom Windows Building some basic base structures.
Maelstrom Windows Conversations are unnatural and stiff. Characters constantly repeat the same few movements.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Maelstrom: The Battle For Earth Begins" -- Tag-lined title

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Critic Reviews

Game Watcher Feb 09, 2007 8.2 out of 10 82
Worth Playing Mar 25, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Games (Germany) Mar 25, 2007 69 out of 100 69
Game Revolution Jun 06, 2007 B- 67
Gamernode Mar 29, 2007 6.2 out of 10 62 (UK) Feb 16, 2007 6 out of 10 60 Feb 26, 2007 60 out of 100 60
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Feb 27, 2007 47 out of 100 47
GameSpot Feb 20, 2007 4.2 out of 10 42
IGN Mar 15, 2007 4 out of 10 40


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Sciere (381334) added Maelstrom (Windows) on Jul 12, 2007