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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 Lead Maw around with the grapple as a leash.
The Maw Xbox 360 Here's Flame-Maw.
The Maw Windows Frank calls out for Maw when he is far away.
The Maw Windows Main menu

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The Maw Screenshot
The Maw Screenshot
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GameFocus Xbox 360 Feb 03, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
Game Vortex Xbox 360 Feb, 2009 83 out of 100 83
ZTGameDomain Xbox 360 Feb, 2009 8.1 out of 10 81
videogamer.com Xbox 360 Jan 22, 2009 8 out of 10 80
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
NZGamer Xbox 360 Feb 03, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Games (Germany) Windows Apr 08, 2009 70 out of 100 70
Sector Windows Apr 10, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Age Xbox 360 Feb 12, 2009 C 50


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