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.
User reviews: Mixed (455 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 3, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Hi! Thanks for checking out our early access release of Maia. Alpha access gives us the unique opportunity to work with the community and craft the game together. Maia is a game with unprecedented complexity, and developing features directly with our players allows us to refine these intricate game systems to create a world that really feels alive.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We want to keep development hurtling forwards at a steady rate and plan to release update builds once a month as the game progresses. (You'll often see smaller updates go out sooner as we push out important fixes as soon as we have tested them.)

We plan to reach version 0.50 (the full sandbox experience) during July 2015. After that we will be releasing the campaign, extra single player maps and full modding tools over the coming months, whilst refining the game and adding greater depth to the content.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We plan for the full version of the game will have a complete single player campaign as well as the current sandbox mode. The campaign will last between 10-18 hours, depending on the player, but we expect the sandbox mode and additional single player maps (and of course mods) to give the player potentially endless replayability.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“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 (0.48) has the core game play of colony building, colonist interaction and base simulation, the best is still to come.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We have priced the game at a reasonable price to avoid people impulse buying the game in it's early state. Once the campaign is in, and the community feels that we have hit the right level of quality, we will be raising the price by around 10% to reflect it.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We try to read every forum post and email sent to us and work hard to consider and incorporate peoples feedback into the game.

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 directly to me, the developer, I am @Simoroth on Twitter!”
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July 30

Update: "Use of Weapons"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdCIKHkMmds
This update introduces a host of new features including guns, colonist emotions, social interactions, and console commands. There's also been an overhaul of balance and the colonists priorities which will improve game play dramatically.


Emotions and Sanity
Colonists now experience emotions. Emotions will develop as they perform tasks, communicate with other colonists, and encounter the environment. You'll notice that colonists exhibit emotional outbursts such as breaking down in tears and cheering. Head over to the Maia wiki to see the ways in which you can influence their moods.


Social
Colonists now crave social interaction. These interactions may involve hugging, chatting, waving... or worse. Sometimes, anger can build up in the colonists and they may start to show some threatening behaviour towards each other.


Guns
Teamwork is essential to the construction of a successful base. Colonists that have strong social bonds will want to protect each other When colonists go for expeditions outside, they will group up. One colonist will do the job that needs to be done whilst the other brings a gun and watches out for danger.


Colonist Reactions
We've added new ways in which the colonists can interact with their environment. Firstly, if a creature approaches a colonist outside the base they will play dead to protect themselves. Colonists also flinch and steady themselves if there is an earthquake.


Console Input
Using the new in-game console, players can now execute a variety of development commands and cheats. For example, the console may be used to spawn objects, trigger earthquakes and instantly build objects. The Maia wiki lists the ways the console can be used.


Power Alerts
Power reports are now available through the email system. These reports represent the power supply, usage and need at the time the email was sent.


Balancing, Bugs & Stability
An in-depth simulation like Maia needs a lot of balancing to feel right. Since the last update we have iterated on a variety of balance variables. We have adjusted the balance of object maintenance, building priorities, object degradation and the new colonist emotions. In addition, a multitude of bugs have been fixed, and several crashes eliminated. Here is a detailed list:
  • Black squares on ATI/AMD machines have been removed.
  • Mines cause damage to living creatures instead of just destroying them.
  • Vox's no longer delete tiles inside bases.
  • Fixed crash caused by removing object a colonist is working on.
  • Limping bug fixed.
  • Fix for colonists getting stuck doing an action.
  • Crash fix for missing animation.
  • Other animation bugs fixed.
  • Solar Still destruction bug fixed.
  • Pressing Esc no longer locks up opening mail.
  • Fixed bugs in tutorial.
  • UI no longer becomes invisible when pressing Esc.
  • Fixed glitching fire.
  • Death hug fixed.
  • IMP stops collecting Material bug fixed.
  • Lander Animation occurring on external objects bugs fixed.
  • Doors opening/closing sound no longer loops.
  • No longer able to break the IMP robot in the tutorial.
  • No more lockups when IMP robot is asked to dig inaccessible walls. Read the IMPs task list to see what it's up to.
  • Colonists no longer get stuck inside objects.
  • Colonists have stopped going outside without suits to fix geothermal generators.
  • Bum Support and other furniture not longer gets "sympathy burns"
  • Creature AI improved and expanded. Territories are now patrolled and explored.
  • IMP printer issues fixed.

Here's some gameplay from Simon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HppJYyOpQ6c
We hope you enjoy the “Use of Weapons” Update. Please give us your feedback! You can tell us what you think on the Maia forums, Steam forums, and by mentioning Maia on Twitter.

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June 12

Demolition Update



Detonate explosives, study meteorites, harvest geothermal power and more: The Demolition Update is available now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B_SSD7Vcgk

Do your outside areas need clearing? Use the new mining explosives to clear your path of dead animals, landers, equipment and people. The explosives can also be used to trigger controlled cave ins.



Meteorites! Now your colonists can gain research from the pieces of debris that find themselves on Maia's surface. You'll find them in craters scattered around outside your base.



Building Materials givee a visual representation of the material your colonists are collecting from dismantling objects. Colonists will also be able to create building material from piles of minerals. In addition to this, colonists can now make ration packs to more easily store food.



The new Geothermal Generator can harvest energy from thermal vents found on Maia, providing power for base systems.



Tables and scanners make an aesthetic appearance in this update, but are not yet functional. These objects will start having interesting uses in future updates!



The way in which Maia generates the world has been tweaked. It is now much less likely that a starting base will be irrecoverably doomed. This is an example of the kind of under-the-hood improvements that the Demolition Update is full of.



These improvements have yielded greater stability, for less crashing and crazy camera antics. Changes to the particle effects system will boost framerates for players on less powerful machines, and improve visuals for others. Configuration file loading is now more resilient to corruption, and less likely to cause problems.

Here's the Demolition Update in tasty convenient list form:

  • Meteorite research, for big data rewards.
  • Mining Explosives. Clear exterior areas of rock and debris, or use them cause controlled cave ins inside.
  • Regaining materials from object disassembly.
  • Salvageable debris from object destruction.
  • Large stability changes in the codebase. Less crashes and camera resets.
  • Several new items, including the ability to make building materials from minerals, and to create your own ration packs.
  • Geothermal Generators.
  • Changes to world map generation and some cool new procedural base layouts.
  • New furniture in some rooms.
  • Fixes for resolution issues.
  • Pfx changes, for better looking exterior particles and also a performance boost for low end users.
  • Lots of fixed infotips on items, that should make there uses more apparent, and provide more flavour.
  • Loading of game config files is now done better and with more fallbacks for corrupt files.
  • Loading bugs fixed.

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About This Game

Maia is space colony building simulator from independent developer Simon Roth. Guide your colonists as they make planetfall on a hostile alien world and do your best to ensure their survival and safety.

Your Mission


Keep your colonists alive by constructing their off-world habitat from the planets crust and sheltering them from a dangerous and often deadly environment. 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 the planet holds.

Build your Base


To keep your colonists alive, you will need to build rooms for specific tasks. Your colonists need a living area, livestock containment and research lab, among other kinds of rooms. To expand your base further, you can use your IMP Robots to clear out areas of the cave your colonists have chosen to inhabit. The detailed simulation of temperature and atmosphere within the base influence the colonists and their actions.

An Enormous Procedurally-Generated World


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 there is room for you to build your base. The world is currently up to 2km x 2km with multiple levels.

Research and Learn from the Planet to Survive


The hard science fiction featured in the game is based on real technology. Because a lot of the equipment is ocassionally reliable 1970s-style technology, the colonists must also spend their time fixing and upgrading items as they build the base. The creatures that inhabit Maia are also based on real world research.

Dangerous Atmosphere


Manage the atmosphere in your colony with carefully placed airlocks, doors and bulkheads. Keep the air flowing or face the horror of painful asphxiation.

Advanced Colonists AI


Your colonists are real people. Simulated right down to their wants and needs. You must try to keep them happy, and perhaps more importantly, sane.

IMP Robots


Let the IMP robots do all the digging for you. Use these robots to clear out areas so you can build more rooms.

Treacherous Weather Patterns


Maia isn't safe. The weather alone can be deadly. The meteor strikes, seismic activity and solar flares can become risks to your colonists and their equipment.

Genetically Engineered Super Chickens


To survive, your colonists will need to create and manage new sources of food. Introducing the genetically engineered super chicken, the Uberhuhn. With research you will be also able to harness the local fauna and flora to keep the rations stocked.

Custom Engine


Maia's game engine is custom-made by Simon Roth. Exclusively used in Maia, the custom engine has stunning graphics and visual effects.

Immersive Soundtrack

Maia's soundtrack is atmospheric and adaptive, it responds to in-game events and draws you into the Sci Fi aesthetic of the game.

The Inspiration

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.

To Come

  • A single player campaign.
  • A first person exploration mode.
  • More indigenous life forms and a functioning food chain.
  • Somewhat sassy computers
  • realistic water and lava simulation.
  • Cats with bee suits.

Get Involved

One of the great things about early access is being able to have players follow along with the games creation. This immediate feedback is extremely valuable to the games development. You can see our updates and give us feedback on the game via Twitter or the forum.
If you need some help with getting started in the game, you can check out our guides or head over to the official wiki.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 6750M
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia 650M
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • 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.
    Recommended:
    • 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
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Early Access Review
Some issues I found in the game while playing:

- Some NPCs will often start walking in circles trying to find a sweet spot to reach something and will stay like this for a while (minutes, sometimes 10 minutes or more), and if this NPC is a human being, it will starve to death.
- The colonists starve to death even if there is plenty of food
- The animation for the "aliens" to die takes really long. Like "Wow you shot me? Just hang on while I prepare to die... just a minute... almost there. Okay, dead"
- There is nothing you can do about the bodies outside the base and sometimes the alarm will just keep warning about the base perimeter, even if everything out there is dead.
- When you ask the colonists to build a materials hopper they just won't... until they feel like it. But then your entire base is completely full of rocks and they WON'T TAKE THE ROCKS FROM THE FLOOR AND PUT THEM IN THE HOPPER!
- The colonists walk too slow. So slow that they often starve or fadigue to death on the way to their assignment.
- There are not many things to do in the game, so the player may get bored REALLY FAST. No action, no jumpscares, no nothing... and it gets boring.
- After you built the entire base, it will be too big, and the colonists will die because of fatigue due to their deficient AI.
- When a colonist die from the fire on the atmosphere creator (?) it will become a burning corpse and won't move.
- Sometimes colonists die and just stay there, standing... creepy.
- Colonists will ignore bodies and people dying. This should be prioritized.

My reccomendations:
(To the developer)
- Fix the bugs before developing new stuff. People are getting tired of the bugs and are leaving the game.
- Some more action would be a nice thing (if you really want to develop new stuff)
- Make the colonists faster! They run and stop too much! It's so annoying.
- In base, the colonists in the suit should walk faster.
- Try to program a new AI. They should prioritize some stuff, like eating and resting! They die of thirst and hunger even when you have lots of water and food avaiable. I don't think a human being would starve to death due to his many assignments. He would eat and then work.
- They get hungry too fast.

(To the players)
- The game has a really nice concept but is still in development. It's still unfinished! If you don't have patience to wait for the developer to fix stuff, just don't try any alphas. You will get tired and will just get ♥♥♥♥♥♥ for no reason.
- If you do have a lot of patience, my advice: play it. The game is really cool and it makes you imagine all the possibilities for it in the future. It's raw, but when cooked it's gonna be crazy :P
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Early Access Review
Rating based on what is present. When/if things are resolved, will be ammended.

Good potential in what is there but at this point after following the game for a few years now preceding the Early Access release it is still in dire need of:

* Colonist behaviour tuning so they don't just feel like partially-autonomous robots just running about performing reactive duties - Missing are Social interactions, off-duty behaviour, interests, role ownership in that it doesn't take 5 colonist engineers to attempt to change a lightbulb. If one person decides they will own the job of changing light bulbs it should be their responcibility, and just generally seeing colonists do more than just bounce between reactions.

* Some means for the player to actually be involved in the colony even if it's through passive influence events. Currently you say where rooms go and what objects go where, then you're done and have nothing to do forever except sit watching a rather interesting/destructive screensaver. Complex simulation inclusion is great for a game, but a game it does not make in itself if you have no avenue for continious engagement.

* Cleaning up some of the AI in place, especially in the areas of pathfinding common occurance still for example is Imps walking through solid walls and then finding themselves stuck on the other side when they notice that wall is solid making the player demolish chunks of their base or cavern walls in reaction to buggy behaviour.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Early Access Review
Unfortunate that the game never grew, its been in this stage for years and i deperately want it to fulfill its promises but after waiting and waiting we are still unable to even play the game without constant save and restarts. Further the $25 asking price is rediculous in its current form and even if it ever does come to being a finished product (at this rate another decade) i still doubt it would be worth that asking price for what it is.

I want to change this review to a thumbs up one, and beg the creators to give me the excuse to do it, but i just dont se it happening and surely not in the next few years... :(
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Early Access Review
Do not buy this, its a broken piece of software and at this rate it won't be remotly usable until 2025
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Early Access Review
This "game" simply doesn't work. It plays for a confusing, aimless five or so minutes, then crashes without explaination. It's a cool idea, and graphically looks nice, but the dev seems to have bitten off WAY more than he can chew. I follwed this game since way before it came to Steam, abd was excited when it did, but all this time later, no progress has been made, and infact, it may have gotten worse. I don't want to come down on the dev. He seems like a genuinely nice guy, and to care about this project, but after all this time, with nothing to show for it, I can't help but think he's simply not up to the task this game presents.

Verdict: No point in spending $25 on something that you can't, and might never be able to play.
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