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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.


The Maw Xbox 360 The Maw must eat a certain amount of these furry balls to complete each level.
The Maw Xbox 360 Dodge turrets and rip them free with the grapple.
The Maw Xbox 360 Using him to melt these locks.
The Maw Xbox 360 Title screen.

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GameFocus Feb 03, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
ZTGameDomain Feb, 2009 8.1 out of 10 81 Jan 22, 2009 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers Jan 26, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Da Gameboyz 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
NZGamer Feb 03, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Worth Playing Feb 01, 2009 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot Jan 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Jan 21, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Thunderbolt Games Feb 12, 2009 5 out of 10 50


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Kabushi (200314) added The Maw (Xbox 360) on Mar 10, 2009
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