In the space of fifty years, Earth changed from a planet on cusp of a challenging future to a world a breath away from lifelessness and plunged into an apocalyptic time of ecological disaster, global warfare and the meltdown of human civilization. This is the time of the Maelstrom.
User reviews:
Overall:
Mixed (64 reviews) - 50% of the 64 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 20, 2007

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In the space of fifty years, Earth changed from a planet on cusp of a challenging future to a world a breath away from lifelessness and plunged into an apocalyptic time of ecological disaster, global warfare and the meltdown of human civilization. This is the time of the Maelstrom. In this ravaged world, the planet's dwindling resources have divided what remains of mankind in two: the urban freedom fighting 'Remnants' and the technologically advanced 'Ascension'. Now they must wage war against a new threat, the invasion of a savage alien race, the Hai-Genti, and each other in a desperate struggle for supremacy and survival. Through the game's missions, take command from different viewpoints and employ faction-specific tactics and weaponry to achieve your objectives. Complete with the ability to terraform landscapes and transform units, Maelstrom provides gamers with the power to harness the forces of nature in the most frantic, destructive, action-packed RTS game yet.
  • A stunning mix of action-packed RTS missions set in a totally destructible and immaculately realised environment.
  • A devastated future Earth becomes the battleground as a divided human race fights for survival against alien invaders.
  • Through the game, players control each of the game's three factions - the Remnants, Ascension and the alien Hai-Genti - each with unique identities, strengths and tactics.
  • Modify the terrain and use the elements as a strategic weapon. Create valleys, carve out lakes, freeze water, melt ice, create tornadoes and even control the wind.
  • Characters grow experience and level up with new abilities as you progress through the game.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or Athlon XP 2400+
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: Supported 64Mb Graphics Card
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compliant sound card
    • Hard Drive: 4.5 GB free hard disk space
    • Supported Graphics Cards: ATi Radeon 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800, X700, X850, X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
      nVidia GeForce 4 (not MX), FX 5200, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 5950, 6800, 7800, 7900, 7950
      Not compatible with all integrated sound/graphics solutions (inc. Laptops).
    Recommended:
    • Supported OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4 at 3.0 GHz or Athlon XP 2800+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7800 or Radeon X1800
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compliant sound card
    • Hard Drive: 4.5 GB free hard disk space
    • Supported Graphics Cards: ATi Radeon 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800, X700, X850, X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
      nVidia GeForce 4 (not MX), FX 5200, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 5950, 6800, 7800, 7900, 7950
      Not compatible with all integrated sound/graphics solutions (inc. Laptops).
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Overall:
Mixed (64 reviews)
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The Earl of Grey
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Pretty unique game with terra forming as part of the strategy.
It's fun with a challenging campaign and three very different armies to play.
The only negative is I had to play in windowed mode to get around a bug that happens on start up, do that and you're set with a really well balanced RTS that's not a clone copy of a better game.
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ɥɐɹpʞoɹǝ99
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
this is one of those games you want to like but can't.
it was released in 2007 and that might be part of its issues running.
it runs on something called vista run time. this is something i have never seen before so maybe thats part off it.
i have never seen a game where you give the a.i. orders and it just does what it wants to.
you tell the group to go west it goes east. the group doesnt even stay together each one just wonders around on its own.
in this case you couldnt even have a fight that you want cause part of them will fight and the rest walk away.
the game will hang at cut videos. you will lose sound and i had to go to task manager to even get it to shut down.
i really wanted a good turn based game but this isnt it.
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kingsizematt
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18
it does NOT work if anyone can fix this please tell me
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Snake Plissken
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 5
This game is too broken to play. Do not buy.
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Erolat
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 30, 2015
This game reminds me of some of the old school RTS games. A few probles with pathfinding, a few problems with building spacing, nice story line.

I recommend this game in spite of its flaws as it is fun to play, You just need to be willing to put up with old school quirks.
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Reinier Dash
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: October 26, 2015
This was my childhood, game i liked it lot back then now its still fun

was made in 2007.

3 Factions Al 3 are unigue they are fun to play to Aliens old humans like modern warfare, then future humans transforming tanks and jets.

the story is wierd but fun to watch sciprted yes but still fun

If u like old RTS like this then u should buy it take it from me
its ♥♥♥♥ing awesome.


im playing on windows 8 no crashes or issues if u wanted to know

cheers for reading this
Ps. my first review
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Sharpie
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 24, 2015
Awful, crashed after I created my profile, and crashed again 2-3 minutes into playing the game.
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Appleton
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1, 2015
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Great game if you struggle getting to sleep

10/10
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Marcusaralius76
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2014
Good:
very unique, fun gameplay that I havent seen in an RTS before.
AI can build your base for you while you focus on the combat.
the three races are suprisingly different from one-another.
The terrian is dynamic, and can be manipulated to build walls, ditches, and foxholes.

Bad:
Some players need to use a glitch just to get to the main menu.
Everyone in the game moves at half the speed of smell.
One of the races (ascension) has a completely broken AI.
Ascension takes forever to get the cool units.
The direct control ability, where you take direct control of a hero unit as a third-person shooter is god-aweful.
The most important resource, water, takes forever to get despite most of the battles taking place near the ocean.

Conclusion: an interesting game with too many flaws to make it "good" Definitely worth picking up if you can find it for cheap. Anything over $5 is too much.
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-=Ðﮐ=- Arctic Howler
( 66.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 16, 2014
Great concept and amazing game, but replay value is limited. The story is good, the mechanics are great, but it lacks replay value... It's worth at least playing once though.
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Xerties
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 16, 2014
Missing a few strategy elements and gameplay is a little slow paced. but not bad.
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Koosalagoopagoop
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 10, 2014
It's like the developers have never seen a classical strategy game in their life before.
This is a very basic game, feels like it was developed by a group of bored friends with only a little time/knowledge on their hands.
UI doesn't spread to wide screen but stays where it would be on 4:3, "A" hotkey doesn't exist, commanding the teams feels unnatural... This just isn't what I expected and got bored too soon...
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Ian8107
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 9, 2014
Pro Game = Old but epic.
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Bragir
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 8, 2014
Run,.... Run as far away from this game as possible. The game is buggy (for me the game got stuck each time there was some kind cutscene or longer speech from npc or "narrator". then i had to alt-tab out and back for the sound to continue). The gameplay is not very good. The controle of your units is not very good.

All in all a waste of money - Thank the powers that be that i got the game on a sale and didn't pay full price.
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MgnfcntBstrd
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 7, 2014
While this game does have some interesting things they tried to do, I feel that it has lost in some of the most basic elements of an RTS. Whether this is a result of lack of polish or overemphasis on a few key features, the result is a game that just feels weak. Leaving aside cinematics, vocals and dialog, from the very beginning, the command UI feels frustrating. There is no feeling of control over an engagement; your infantry will wander around and do whatever they want. They'll watch complacently while a teammate is mowed down five feet away, and one guy will take a jog around three sides of a building to rejoin the squad after you moved them to an adjacent corner. Any attempt at strategy is pointless, and blobbing soldiers is really the only thing you can do. The game's age isn't an excuse; there are many games much older than this one that have better playability. The Ground Control series comes to mind.
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Icarus
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 7, 2014
Despite its buggyness, this game has a few features that you wont find anywhere else, im assuming its failure to sell well seals its fate however.



Also, these negative reviews are funny

1. LAN works, gamespy shutdown, not the games fault

2. The UI is fine for a company who normally dosent make strategy games.

3. Windows 8 has issues with almost all games older then 2012.
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dimefan09
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 6, 2014
Yea i dont recommend this game because two things
1. its not very intristing and is very difficult to catch on to, even for a person who has been playing strategy games there whole life...
2. You can not play on multiplayer for some dumb reason which i hope they fix than i may change my review...
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Petr Nevecny
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 5, 2014
I dont understand how the devs managed to make so uninteresting game, feels half baked, the gameplay is very poor, there are other better games as mentioned in internet game reviews. Only interesting thing is terrain manipulation, but that will entertain for few minutes, then what?
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(PVP) Havel The Rock
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 4, 2014
Dont buy this game it doesnt work!
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Sol Prime
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26, 2014
Good game. Has few flaws, but it is certainly not bad. All 3 races are different, but also look familiar to the zerg-protoss-terran stuff. Still game feels unique. You can also control the commander in 3rd person!
And last thing. Steam says it is SP only. But there is LAN (online service was shut down ages ago) still have'nt tested it, but it should work well. It's a good game if you like RTS, and is worth the money especially on sale.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
66 of 87 people (76%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
Good game. Has few flaws, but it is certainly not bad. All 3 races are different, but also look familiar to the zerg-protoss-terran stuff. Still game feels unique. You can also control the commander in 3rd person!
And last thing. Steam says it is SP only. But there is LAN (online service was shut down ages ago) still have'nt tested it, but it should work well. It's a good game if you like RTS, and is worth the money especially on sale.
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49 of 69 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
45.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2014
this game has decent graphics and interface for its time, each faction is controlable, and has their own units units and strategy. its a game worth looking into, unless your not an RTS fan.
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Good:
very unique, fun gameplay that I havent seen in an RTS before.
AI can build your base for you while you focus on the combat.
the three races are suprisingly different from one-another.
The terrian is dynamic, and can be manipulated to build walls, ditches, and foxholes.

Bad:
Some players need to use a glitch just to get to the main menu.
Everyone in the game moves at half the speed of smell.
One of the races (ascension) has a completely broken AI.
Ascension takes forever to get the cool units.
The direct control ability, where you take direct control of a hero unit as a third-person shooter is god-aweful.
The most important resource, water, takes forever to get despite most of the battles taking place near the ocean.

Conclusion: an interesting game with too many flaws to make it "good" Definitely worth picking up if you can find it for cheap. Anything over $5 is too much.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
This was my childhood, game i liked it lot back then now its still fun

was made in 2007.

3 Factions Al 3 are unigue they are fun to play to Aliens old humans like modern warfare, then future humans transforming tanks and jets.

the story is wierd but fun to watch sciprted yes but still fun

If u like old RTS like this then u should buy it take it from me
its ♥♥♥♥ing awesome.


im playing on windows 8 no crashes or issues if u wanted to know

cheers for reading this
Ps. my first review
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21 of 34 people (62%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Despite its buggyness, this game has a few features that you wont find anywhere else, im assuming its failure to sell well seals its fate however.



Also, these negative reviews are funny

1. LAN works, gamespy shutdown, not the games fault

2. The UI is fine for a company who normally dosent make strategy games.

3. Windows 8 has issues with almost all games older then 2012.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
66.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
Great concept and amazing game, but replay value is limited. The story is good, the mechanics are great, but it lacks replay value... It's worth at least playing once though.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2015
This game reminds me of some of the old school RTS games. A few probles with pathfinding, a few problems with building spacing, nice story line.

I recommend this game in spite of its flaws as it is fun to play, You just need to be willing to put up with old school quirks.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
This game is too broken to play. Do not buy.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2013
:3 its good rts
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
Awful, crashed after I created my profile, and crashed again 2-3 minutes into playing the game.
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4 of 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
Missing a few strategy elements and gameplay is a little slow paced. but not bad.
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13 of 31 people (42%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
While this game does have some interesting things they tried to do, I feel that it has lost in some of the most basic elements of an RTS. Whether this is a result of lack of polish or overemphasis on a few key features, the result is a game that just feels weak. Leaving aside cinematics, vocals and dialog, from the very beginning, the command UI feels frustrating. There is no feeling of control over an engagement; your infantry will wander around and do whatever they want. They'll watch complacently while a teammate is mowed down five feet away, and one guy will take a jog around three sides of a building to rejoin the squad after you moved them to an adjacent corner. Any attempt at strategy is pointless, and blobbing soldiers is really the only thing you can do. The game's age isn't an excuse; there are many games much older than this one that have better playability. The Ground Control series comes to mind.
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4 of 14 people (29%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
Pro Game = Old but epic.
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4 of 17 people (24%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
Maelstorm have a nice plot, nice units and gameplay mixing rts and a short of tps. But there is too many bugs, the moviments are bad and the units move for themselvs.
So, i don't recommend this game if you don't have a lot of patience with bugs and bad moviments.
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8 of 30 people (27%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Run,.... Run as far away from this game as possible. The game is buggy (for me the game got stuck each time there was some kind cutscene or longer speech from npc or "narrator". then i had to alt-tab out and back for the sound to continue). The gameplay is not very good. The controle of your units is not very good.

All in all a waste of money - Thank the powers that be that i got the game on a sale and didn't pay full price.
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8 of 31 people (26%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
It's like the developers have never seen a classical strategy game in their life before.
This is a very basic game, feels like it was developed by a group of bored friends with only a little time/knowledge on their hands.
UI doesn't spread to wide screen but stays where it would be on 4:3, "A" hotkey doesn't exist, commanding the teams feels unnatural... This just isn't what I expected and got bored too soon...
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4 of 29 people (14%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2015
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Great game if you struggle getting to sleep

10/10
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9 of 46 people (20%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
I dont understand how the devs managed to make so uninteresting game, feels half baked, the gameplay is very poor, there are other better games as mentioned in internet game reviews. Only interesting thing is terrain manipulation, but that will entertain for few minutes, then what?
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22 of 84 people (26%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
This game is just, I don't know, unfinshed. The camera is like you're operating RC helicopter with one hand and the features dont seem to ever come into play. Dont waste your money on this.
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3 of 43 people (7%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Yea i dont recommend this game because two things
1. its not very intristing and is very difficult to catch on to, even for a person who has been playing strategy games there whole life...
2. You can not play on multiplayer for some dumb reason which i hope they fix than i may change my review...
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