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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.
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 forums.maiagame.com. 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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Maia 0.43 is live!

June 11th, 2014

We've just released the latest alpha build of Maia.

Here's a few things to look out for:

Brand new IMP AI. The IMPs will now be more useful and plan and execute orders better. They can now run and will manage water barrels and the storage room better.

Core AI rewrite. Lots of small AI bugs sorted. The code for the core AI components has been unified and as a result is faster and less buggy.

Pathfinding and multithreading optimisations: Smoother game-play with a 15% increase in performance on some machines and a noticeable reduction in stuttering.

Casualty reports: When a colonist dies, you'll be presented with information about their injuries. The data obtained from their loss can be fed back into your research program.

Snap rotations are more responsive and tweakable. Hold control when rotating an object to have it move to the nearest 45 degree angle.

Crew drops have been polished. Expect your new charges to arrive with style.

Beds are now usable from both sides and colonists will sleep for longer to reduce their fatigue.

Graphics glitches on the edge of the map and many other small glitches smoothed out.

Megacephalalgia is better balanced, will come inspect things you leave outside. It will also groom itself and perform other animal like behaviours.

Other changes

  • Progress reports can no longer come from dead colonists.
  • Animation system flicker and popping fixed.
  • Megacephalalgias no longer turn into chickens when loading.
  • Several savegame crashes fixed.
  • Colonists movement tweaked. Colonists will avoid running through bulkheads.
  • Colonists who die outside will now collapse instead of turning into creepy statues.
  • Comms tower is easier to build.
  • Atmosphere generator will decay slower when turned off.
  • Turret emits smoke when firing.
  • Few other % tweaks on wear and tear.
  • Fix for some objects not being prioritised well by colonists (Building superfluous workshop tables etc.
  • Updated to the latest SDL.
  • Fixes a slowdown caused by Megacephalalgia running out of food and flooding the path finder looking for more.

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Don't Panic! Maia alpha 0.42 has arrived.

May 7th, 2014

Check out this delightful video to see all the cool new features:


Our best update yet brings the first native creature into to the world: The Megacephalalgia! A gigantic protomammal that is as dangerous as it is fluffy (very).

We now have weather and seismic research stations. Use them to forecast incoming weather and earthquakes, and use their data in your research room to uncover new technologies

Feeling lonely? You can now call new colonists down from orbit! Just build a microwave communications tower and wait for the prompt on your GUI.

Improved AI. Your colonists will better manager their needs and wants. Just remember that a happy well rested colonist is a productive one!

Full change log:

  • Doors now have lots of new things to say.
  • Physics mesh refinement on many objects. (easier to click them).
  • Door locking clicking bug fixed.
  • Pathfinding flood slowdowns fixed.
  • Procedural Haiku generation.
  • Seismic station.
  • Weather station.
  • Megacephalalgia creature.
  • Foliage now edible(for some), destroyable. Growth rates tweaked.
  • Chickens are less prone to making too many babies.
  • Turret has 84% more DAKKA.
  • Crash logs are more detailed.
  • Fixed odd exterior object placements.
  • Intel 4400 support.
  • Gui is more responsive and juicy.
  • New UI button. "Cycle warnings".
  • New UI button. "Call colonists from orbit"
  • Colonists no longer plough head first into doors.
  • Wear and repair quality values fixed /tweaked.
  • A bunch of sound stuff that I don't understand but Nick tells us it's good.
  • Toilets
  • New PFX.
  • A bunch of silly easter eggs.
  • All crashes fixed (that we could find).
  • Lots of small improvements from feedback whilst showing at Rezzed. (Thanks!)
  • Code base checked on 3 different static analysers and hundreds of fixes made.

Have fun!


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About the 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.

PC System Requirements

    • 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

Mac System Requirements

    • 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

Linux System Requirements

    • 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
46 of 60 people (77%) found this review helpful
18 products in account
1 review
9.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game has a lot of potential, excellent aesthetic and theme -- but even for an alpha it's buggy as hell. Unless you're an expert at debugging code, it's probably best to wait until the game's farther along in development before you pay anything for it.
Posted: March 22nd, 2014
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
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10 reviews
2.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Brilliant concept and engaging mechanics.

Absolutely horrific UI.

"Make sure that the system communicates what’s happening. Always inform your users of location, actions, changes in state, or errors. The use of various UI elements to communicate status and, if necessary, next steps can reduce frustration for your user. " There isn't even any indication you saved. For that matter there is no keybinding available.

"Use typography to create hierarchy and clarity. Carefully consider how you use typeface. Different sizes, fonts, and arrangement of the text to help increase scanability, legibility and readability."
Needing to hover over somethign for 30 seconds to read the tooltip is not okay.

Let's use the basics:
1. Does this interface tell me what I need to know right now?
2. Is it easy to find the information I'm looking for, or do I have to look around for it? (Are the menus nested so deep that they hide information from the player?)
3. Can I use this interface without having to read instructions elsewhere?
4. Are the things I can do on this screen obvious?
5. Do I ever need to wait for the interface to load or play an animation?
6. Are there any tedious or repetitive tasks that I can shorten (with a shortcut key, for example) or remove entirely?
" Maia fails to pass any of these test except for number 6, and even that is only half passed as you need to search the internet just to find the keybindings.

Great game, with an unplayable UI/UX.
But, hey, it is early access.
Posted: June 18th, 2014
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
61 products in account
1 review
8.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Maia shows promise, although in the way of being so little more than a bare-bones engine, that anything is possible in the end. It could be that (judging by the progress speed that makes continental drift seem fast) in half a decade it will evolve into the most amazing colony sim ever. Or not. Who knows?

But at the moment, it's NOT a good use of your money. As was said, it pushes the limit of what is acceptable to release as "early access". It's just a bare-bones graphics engine, with some minimal and BROKEN animations, a non-functional AI, and no save and reload either, so your progress WILL be lost each time you exit.

And by "non-functional AI" I don't mean "might not prioritize right", but as in "doesn't even work, or not for long." Colonist AI routinely craps itself and either stops building anything any more (lucky version) or you just get a colonist going catatonic in the airlock and never moving any more (more usual version.) And when you do get it to work for half an hour, it will prioritize the hilariously wrong thing, like everyone keeping repairing the doors instead of building the air purifier.

Now that might be palatable (not really) in a game where you can direct them around, like in The Sims, and the AI only keeps them alive in between. But here you can't direct them, and the WHOLE premise is that they do their own thing, a broken AI just means a broken game.


Really, it has no excuse to be released at this early and dysfunctional stage. It may eventually be worth playing. Save your money for then.
Posted: May 28th, 2014
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30 of 46 people (65%) found this review helpful
359 products in account
2 reviews
14.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Maia is a good game. the dev is very active and responds to his players. only bad thing currently about the game is that there not realy alot ot do but as time goes on it make u feel like playing dungion keeper again.

if u a strong supporter of indie games this is one u shouldnt miss
Posted: March 15th, 2014
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
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8 reviews
3.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I would not recommend Maia, YET!

Its a very good insight into what will possibly happen but as it stands right now it is nothing more than a tech demo. There is no save game feature and you cannot progress any further than what you start off with. Basically its a colony game without colonists or any form of expansion.

What is currently in the game is a handful of objects for a handful of rooms. A couple of those objects have an unknown function and nothing is really explained about the objects or indeed the colonists that you have. There is no way to get any more colonists as of yet and pretty much as soon as you build all the rooms and fill them with items you have acheived all that you can.

The graphics are pretty good and although it has some clunky animations and is still rather buggy it will no doubt be polished quite nicely. It DOES have the potential to go far but even compared to other early access titles it just doesn't have enough content to even class as a game yet. Its simply a tech demo.

Keep it on a watch/wish list and get it when its at a game like state.

EDIT: As per the developers response you CAN save the game using keys F5 and subsequently using F9 will load your last save. Again this is obviously an unfinished feature but its a lot better than starting from fresh all the time!

P.S. This review isn't intended to be negative towards the project, I love whats been done so far and im routing for Simon to get an good job done.
Posted: March 26th, 2014
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161 of 208 people (77%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Looks very promising early access game, plays very much like Prison Architect and Dungeon Keeper 2 combined. However, it is still very early early access. Even the most basic stuff worked only half the time, my colonists just disappeared for no reason, and after about 15 minutes, 3 of them got stuck in... well, nothing. If you are one of us suckers who can't resists another game that could be like Dwarf Fortress lite, go ahead and buy this game, but not yet. It's still in early alpha, and while it looks pretty, there's really no game yet.
Posted: December 4th, 2013
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