Maia is a colony building game set in the not-so-distant future. Your colonists make planetfall on a hostile world and you must ensure their survival and their safety, constructing their off-world habitat from almost nothing and sheltering them from a dangerous, often deadly environment.
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Release Date: Dec 3, 2013

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“Hi! Thanks for checking out our early access release of Maia.

The game is still very deep in development, so many things might be broken. Sometimes in a rather amusing manner, sometimes... less so. The current sandbox build (0.40) allows a basic level of colony building, colonist interaction and base simulation, but the best is still to come!

We want to keep development hurtling forwards at a steady rate and plan to release update builds every week (probably on Fridays) as the game progresses.

Alpha access gives us the unique opportunity work with the community to craft the game together. You can follow updates and give us feedback on the game via Twitter on @Maia and on IRC users can join us on #maiagame on Quakenet. If you want to talk to me, the developer, I am @Simoroth on Twitter!”
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February 18

Maia 0.47 Touches down.

Maia 0.47 is here with some big gameplay changes. Here's a video demoing today's build:

New features

The PA system. A stern automated base announcer that warns of incursions into your base perimeter, low atmosphere levels and other hazards facing your poor neglected colonists.

Flywheel energy storage. Conserve your energy using um, the principle of the conservation of energy. Nothing says "safe" like a big hunk of metal spun up to thousands of RPM.

Detailed construction. Colonists will now build new rooms based on your blueprints.

Aggressive protobirds! Protect your chickens and shiny objects from this new spiny menace.

Other new things:
  • Animation system changes. Less teleporting and glitchyness. More fluid and efficient character motion through the world. Less "getting stuck".
  • Save files now hold more data, colonists personalities will be maintained. Lots of small save bugs fixed. Including the much loved "colonist sex flip" bug.
  • Creature AI expanded. See them search out places to sleep and mark their territory.
  • Hydroponics now produce a more accurate (and useful) amount of atmosphere.
  • Multiple airlocks now work much better. Colonists will pick reasonable routes to use them. Good for large bases.
  • Balancing of damage and repair needs for wind turbines and work lights.
  • Door placement based on raycasting. This system will allow arbitrary object placement on the walls. So soon we will have lights, readout screens and clocks to place around your base.
  • Rewritten wall intersection tests. This should fix many of the issues with the AI getting totally stuck and also improve framerate
  • Hunger and fatigue deaths for creatures are now balanced.
  • Colonist needs tweaked for better accuracy, it will also make the game a little easier.
  • Twenty or so crash bugs fixed.
  • IMP wandering off bug fixed. Many rough edges fixed in the IMP code.
  • Improved meshes for all rooms. Unified texture atlases to improve rendering speed.
  • Chicken AI re-added so they will now prefer brighter warmer places.
  • Chickens will also now breath atmosphere.
  • Chicken breeding rate limited a bit more to stop them asphyxiating your whole base when their population explodes.
  • Colonists will prefer eating chicken and hydroponic fruit over rations.
  • Read information about rooms when mousing over them in interaction mode.
  • Skinning is fixed on the main character bodies. No more weird distortions. (Some heads still need updating.)
  • Many other bugs and issues fix that the community reported. Thanks!
That's all for now. As always, some things didn't make it in time for the announcement, so look out for new features popping up over the next week or so!

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November 27, 2014

Maia 0.46 Splashes Down!

Maia 0.46 is ready to play! Here's a video showing some of the new features.

New features

Behold, Botany! Research the local flora with the new plant sample containers and added research technologies.

Nanoprinters! 3d print new IMP robots to expand your workforce and improve the efficiency of your base!

Bugs squished! Thanks to the help of the community we've killed over 50 bugs in the last month. The game is increasingly stable and glitch free.

Other new things to look out for.
  • Many IMP bugs fixed. No more random wandering off or freak outs.
  • IMPs can now use teamwork, digging is much more efficient.
  • Find your IMPs with the robots button. (bottom left)
  • Rest facilities are now their own need. Colonists will build beds at a much higher priority.
  • 4k resolution crashes and performance issues fixed.
  • Massive optimisations on the CPU. Threading is improved, as is cache coherancy. Running on an Intel i5 you will be able to keep CPU usage under 50% at 60fps.
  • Pathfinding is improved, so less performance spikes.
  • Decent GPU improvements, shader fixes.
  • Loading directly from the menu.
  • Loading speeds are greatly increased as is saving.
  • Ground water levels are now shown, watch puddles form and evaporate.
  • More music tracks.
  • More sounds for common base items to impart more game information via audio.
  • Bodybags! No more treading on rotten corpses.
  • Creature burrows on the surface.
  • Colonist energy usage tweaked. Food values recalculated.
  • Many colonist AI bugs squished. Including the one where half full barrels in the solar still drove the colonists insane.
  • Placeable airlocks.
  • Tutorial updates to point out UI changes.
  • AI delegation is now weighted towards being more needs based. A colonist with a greater need will go for the action first.
  • Lighting is redone for better effect. Less glitches.
  • A few save state bugs fixed.
  • Yosemite support added.
  • Intel GPU shaders optimised for below minimum spec machines.

A few features didn't make the deadline, but as always we will be adding them in the coming weeks. In 0.47 you can expect colonists to show their emotions, write useful base reports and even look forward to a new terrifying creature to sabotage your base!

We'll see you then!

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About This Game

Maia is a colony building game set in the not-so-distant future. Your colonists make planetfall on a hostile world and you must ensure their survival and their safety, constructing their off-world habitat from almost nothing and sheltering them from a dangerous, often deadly environment.

Twelve light years from earth, the planet 3452C[Maia] circles Tau Ceti. Its atmosphere is toxic, its surface is ravaged by solar flares and meteor blasts and its unstable crust is constantly shifted by earthquakes. Nevertheless, it is habitable and your task is to gain a foothold on this strange alien world, building facilities where your colonists can live and work, as well as researching the secrets that this planet holds.

Taking inspiration from games as diverse as Dungeon Keeper, Theme Hospital and The Sims, Maia also draws from 1970s sci fi aesthetic and features a healthy dose of dry, dark humour. It's a mix of strategy, management, construction and terrible deaths on a distant world. Not everyone is up to the task of off-world colony command. Are you?

Key Features

  • A custom-made game engine with stunning graphics and visual effects.
  • Advanced colonist AI that models behaviour, needs and even mental health.
  • An enormous procedurally-generated world, up to 2km x 2km with multiple levels.
  • An atmospheric and adaptive soundtrack that responds to in-game events.
  • Detailed simulation of base temperature and atmosphere.
  • Meteor strikes, seismic activity and solar flares, among many, many other dangers.
  • Genetically engineered super chickens.
  • Hard science fiction research based on real future tech.
  • Occasionally reliable 1970s-style technology.

To Come

  • Both a sandbox mode and a single-player campaign.
  • A first-person exploration mode.
  • Indigenous life forms and a functioning food chain.
  • Somewhat sassy computers.
  • Realistic water and lava simulation.
  • Cats with bee suits.

Linux and Mac will be supported in the coming week.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-3250 or AMD 6350
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 260 or ATI 5770 - or equivilent with 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5-3570K or AMD FX 8350
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 470 or ATI 5870 - or equivilent with 2GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 6750M
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia 650M
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • OS: 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-3250 or AMD 6350
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 260 or ATI 5770 - or equivilent with 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL 3.2 support is required.
    • OS: 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel i5-3570K or AMD FX 8350
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 470 or ATI 5870 - or equivilent with 2GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL 3.2 support is required.
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
I Purchased this game on the release week i think and that was a while ago I was early access then and it is early access today, I have read some of the neg reviews and the tone is slow to get updates, broken game play, stupid AI. then I think early access there is no false clam here saying this game is 100% ready to blast your socks off this game is early access and it will be for a while yet and as for the slow updating i can say I picked up this game again when alpha 47 started and there has been a hot fix jsut about every day the Dev and his relatively new team are working on the game every day make fixes addressing bugs and concerns on the steam forums Simon the Dev is there every day that i looked this week nailing down reported bug to keep the testing of the game moving forward that's were this game is right now Testing because it's in alpha development.

So yes slow update was a issue but with recent events I don't see that being a problem any more and if you worried about the dev burning out or burning the cash of there customers like some other early access dev have done Simon has already addressed these concerns This game is receiving good attention from the dev team and the progress is moving faster then i have ever seen it on this game improvements are happening faster with that said there is still a ton of testing for game breaking glitches left to do so don't expect a glitch free game yet.

Good Dev and team listens and interacts with the community
steady progress of the game with hot fix’s and cont updates
A increasing R&D system in the game, watch your tech evolve and grow
Game mechanics are pretty realistic looking in to all aspects of the human condition
Looking forward to new features and such the sky is the limit!!! or so a hope :P
Really cool looking 1970's future look to it

Game is still riddled with game breaking glitches that are just waiting to be discovered
game is poorly optimized ATM (But what do you expect form early access a gold toilet?)
Colonist AI is really really dumb some times but that's a WIP kinda thing.

When it's all said and done this game is going to be great till then Colonist starving to death becasue they forget to eat 10/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Early Access Review
Its very early in the development of the game, but it is coming along nicely. Each update adds and fixes things.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Early Access Review
Decent so far. There are a few bugs still. iIt is still in early access. The devs are on the forums answering questions and helping out offten.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Early Access Review
I've had this game for over a year now, and while it still has a LONG way to go to be 100%, it has some great promise and is still lots of fun to play. It's not without its bugs and crashes (of which there are many), but it has that special feel of a game, the type you know you'll fall in love with.
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80 of 111 people (72%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Early Access Review
I love the idea of this game... it also looks really great. The weather effects are awesome. That being said, I have purchase several games in alpha and beta stages. I have been in invite-only beta tests also. I know what to expect and what not to expect from games in early stages, and this one is terrible. The developer clearly has little idea of what he's doing from a procedural point of view. In the time i've owned this game here's what's happened: several patches have been released, but the big problems haven't been resolved... neat new little content has been added, but with the game unplayable it makes little difference. This game is sure to disappoint over and over again. I waited so long to write this review because I wanted to see if some progress would be made, but it hasn't. The worst part of it is that the developer has had to go off steam (on kickstarter) to continue to raise money. Please save yourself the headache of downloading this game. If you do try to play, here are a few tips.
1) Save often. F5 saves and F9 loads... the icons at the top right also save and load, i'll let you try to figure out which is which
2) The AI is always getting stuck in stupid loops or just shutting down. This happens every few minutes like clockwork... you must save, exit the game, and restart it to continue playing.
3) Things don't update like they should... if you mine ore but can't figure out why it isn't being moved to storage... it's probably AI to blame again... another reload should help.
4) Sometimes things stop working inexplicably, If the airlock breaks and cannot be repaired, you must start a new game. some things can be repaired though, so who knows.
5) Always place two doors on rooms... if the door breaks and needs repair, but your people are inside of the room, and the guys outside the room are too tired to do it and the door that's broken leads to the sleeping area... they might decide not to repair it and instead die from lack of sleep... leaving the others trapped inside to starve
6) Just get in the habit of restarting the game every few minutes
7) Don't bother with research, it causes bugs which basically cause the game to crash beyond a certain point... meaning you'll never get past that point without starting yet another new game.
8) Use windows 7 or vista, and make sure you have the latest drivers for your graphics card (and by that I mean have a graphics card that uses newer drivers) The dev doesn't like helping with bugfixing if your computer doesn't use the latest drivers, despite the fact that some older cards (like the ones in my windows 7 machine) have old drivers (even if they are the "most up to date" they are still like 2 years old) and that still others (like on my windows 8 acer machine) require the use of special drivers provided by the OEM which may not be the "latest and greatest".
9) Don't expect too much, this way you won't be disappointed.

Edit: still... don't buy this game. It's on sale, but seriously... you wouldn't play it more than 30 minutes, even if it were free.
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46 of 72 people (64%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Early Access Review
I have to say, this is a game I want to like. Its a great concept, but the execution is very poor.

I've been patronizing this game's early access since it was available for early access, and while some bugs have been fixed, numerous game-breaking bugs still remain. Its pretty-much unplayable still, despite several months development since its initial release.

Glitches in character AI get them stuck in routines that eventually lead to their deaths. For example, eating and sleeping, repeat et infinitum, while not working on the hyroponics bay. The AI seems to get deadlocked quite a lot. Since the characters start running to the food and then eating, I assume that the value for hunger isn't being reset properly.

There are also animation problems that seem to somehow reflect character position. Character position in the world should not be a function of the 3D engine. The location of objects should be purely data, which is then rendered. The reason why I suspect this isn't the case in Maia is because characters "jump" back, particularly after a collision with a wall. Yes - they walk into walls and then teleport back a few steps. So the pathfinding is bad too. I think this is because the objects in the world are not on a real "grid" system. While rooms might be, everything else seems to be kinda "free-floating" and placable anywhere in the room / outside. While this would be cool, it doesn't work right, so its not cool.

Also the object rotation system is very annoying. It would be much better if there were a "spin by increment" key prior to object placement. And objects can intersect eachother, which makes no sense.

Additionally 6 mo after launch there's still no save / load system. The game still starts with invalid start conditions (breaches in the base start point to the outside world makes colonists unable to move around in the cavern without space suits, and the airlock is on the other side of the base). There is no way to make a new game without exiting to desktop and starting the game over. The settings are very minimal, and there are enormous problems with resolution. You click and it changes, in a cycle, rather than selecting from a menu. This is terrible because it saves the last setting, and there's no "does this resolution work for you?" dialog. This means you can get yourself into unusable settings and be unable to get out.

Also the game performance is really quite bad.

Meanwhile the creators are adding content while there are still problems with the fundamental mechanics of the game. I wonder if they understand how unusable the game is right now....
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Early Access Review
I backed Maia on Kickstarter and I feel that now is a good time for people to buy it on Greenlight. Personally, I think that Maia went to Greenlight too early, while there were still too many bugs and issues. But with 0.46 the game is stable and playable for many people and the future promise is just starting to show through. For new players there's probably a solid afternoon of playtime here, plus some replay value. There's no combat yet, but it's planned for the next build (0.47) and I imagine that this will boost re-playability a great deal.

I was initially drawn to Maia by the atmospheric trailers and the potential shown in the very first alpha builds. The aesthetic and design of Maia is fantastic. The art and music combine to create a slightly unsettling, suspenseful atmosphere that's lifted by the numerous little touches of wry humour and observation; many of which are genuinely clever. Hitchhiker's meets Alien.

If Simon and team manage to wrap their unique design around a enjoyable and challenging colony builder then this will definitely be a stand-out title for the future.

As a guide to what's coming next, here's a link to the 'rough' feature roadmap - Rough roadmap

If you still aren't sure then hold back for a month or two until the game is more fleshed out, but definitely keep an eye on Maia.
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Early Access Review
As of Patch 0.47, I can say that you should not buy this game. It is very promising, but the mechianics are not there. the AI is quite stuipid, building things take loger than it should, and over-all it runs like a donkey with heat stroke. I bought this back when it was around patch 0.05 and I have not seen anything since that would make me want to put more hours into it.
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Early Access Review
Very promising management game, but beware still very early access
Note: This game is in healthy financial condition
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Early Access Review
The game is very promising and I'm confident it will at one day be real fun to play. As of now however it is not playable. Don't listen to people who say otherwise. The colonists keep getting stuck and die, the AI just stops working at all. No hard reloads of the game can solve this. They also tend to get stuck all over the place, run outside without suits and die, try to do jobs but then return at the last second to do nothing at alll, etc.

I bought this, knowing it's alha but awaiting some working base building at least. It's way too early for that though.

I recommend the game. But not yet!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Early Access Review
I love this game and I have high hopes for it, it is the type of game that I have been looking forward to for a long time, I wish there was more city building games out there, but this is a colony base game still in developing stage and so far I have enjoyed the updates and it seems to get better each time, there is a still a few flaws but I know as the developer gets the information on those, he tries to update the game, I can't wait until it is finished and everything is fixed, but in the meantime, enjoying the product as it comes along, and I know that the developer is doing a fantastic job.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Early Access Review
The game seems like it will be good, and it has a lot more content than when i first picked it up when it appeared on Steam EA. But, it is somewhat unplayable right now.
It randomly crashes, and the AI is either bugging out and colonists/robots end up stuck in place, or they are actually getting stuck. Colonists seem to get materials, go to work desk, and then repeat, endlessly.
The UI isn't finished yet, even the main menu is bad - instant changing resolution when you click for the next one, and you can only click one way :/ .
So, I would recommend following the game, and seeing what it is like in 6 months or a year.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Early Access Review
I like the concept here and when,and if, it gets tuned up it will be a fun game. There are issues with work priorities. For instance I watched my last remaing crew member go make a bed and go to sleep where he died instead of fixing the atmo generater. And some times when you give a build order they never do it. I think if you delete the blueprint and just try again that works but I haven't done it enough times know if that will work all the time. And also the crew spend way too much time eating the supplies. It's still fun to mess with if you get the crew going on their jobs but hopefully some work will be done smooth these over soon. My uderstanding is this game has been in development for a painfully long time so I wouldn't expect a lot of work to be done quickly on this.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Early Access Review
Promising game, but Simon Roth has got quite a lot to deliver. My hopes are high for this one!
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21 of 36 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Early Access Review
Even though I recommend this game its merely for the fact that it is still in Alpha and that it is harsh to give it a negative opinion for the long run. However in its current state this game is NOT playable in the least bit. However it shows great promise and its concept is very intriguing. My current suggestion is to wait till Beta testing comes so that there is a better AI, unless you enjoy watching your crew run to your food stores and do nothing but eat until they suffocate from not trying to build their oxygen processor.
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23 of 40 people (58%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Early Access Review
In short, I love the idea of this game, I believe that it truly may become something great, but for the moment, the idea is not being realized very well. I understand that the game is in the alpha, but even in alpha it has some serious issues. I was one of the unfortunate fools that bought into Spacebase DF-9 early, and though I love the game, it has one major flaw... The characters are suicidal. I had hoped that Maia would have more polish than that other disaster of a space sim, but unfortunately, for now, my hopes were in vain. Just like in Spacebase DF-9 the AI literally is lazy to the point of dying, which makes this game, for now, unplayable to me. I am tagging this game as one I wouldn't recommend, at least not for now, but I do hold out hope, the game is still very active in development, and it is my sincere wish that more of these kinks get worked out, especially the lazily suicidal crew. To the devs, no offense, but it's hard dealing with the same thing in two games, especially when I had put so much hope in Maia after the complete disaster of SB DF-9. I know it's still alpha, and I'm glad you are still active, but please, fix the AI, it is my biggest frustration right now.
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21 of 37 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Early Access Review
Just another tech demo. I have been keeping tabs on this since it was kick started back in the fall of 2012. So far in the 2 years since the game has progressed at a snails pace. I expected it to be in beta by now, not just the same tech demo from 2 years ago with a few extra features and whole bunch of bugs.
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21 of 38 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Early Access Review
This game has been a huge waste of money in my honest opinion.
I bought this game the week it was made availible in early access on steam. Since purchase, the game has recieved small content updates and claims to have fixed many bugs. Having decided that months later it would be a good idea to revisit the game and reinstall it, I am disappointed to have found little has changed. The game is still a sub-par, glitchy mess.


Save your money and go buy a decent game for half the price.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Early Access Review
Its a fun game. Still alot of stupid behavior though. Like colonists starving in their sleep. I do look forward to what the future of this game will bring though.
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21 of 40 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Early Access Review
I do not recommend this game in its current state. Its more or less an tech demo then an actual game. It has some nice ideas but the time between updates are far too long. Maybe in the future this will become a game instead of a techdemo.
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