The pinnacle of alien evolution, Maw is a cowardly fat blob concerned mostly with snacking and lounging. He can, however, absorb the traits of anything he eats, is virtually indestructible, and can grow to unlimited size. If he wasn't a danger to all life in the universe, he'd make the perfect pet.
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Very Positive (161 reviews) - 81% of the 161 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 9, 2009

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The Maw is a wonderful display of good level design and great character development with fresh new characters.
— 92/100,

The Maw will have you giggling till you pee your pants...
— 87/100, Editor's Choice Award, Game Focus

The Maw delivers that kind of wholesome, fuzzy charm that leaves you smiling and completely satisfied.
— 80/100, Giant Bomb

About This Game

The pinnacle of alien evolution, Maw is a cowardly fat blob concerned mostly with snacking and lounging. He can, however, absorb the traits of anything he eats, is virtually indestructible, and can grow to unlimited size. If he wasn't a danger to all life in the universe, he'd make the perfect pet. In this action/adventure game, he's the best friend of our hero Frank, and only by working together can Maw eat their way to freedom. The Maw was honored with the Audience Choice Award in the 2008 PAX-10 showcase of independent games, and is a finalist at this year's Independent Games Festival for Technical Excellence.

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  • Full featured 3D action/adventure
  • Winner of the 2008 PAX 10 Audience Choice Award
  • Finalist in the 2009 Independent Games Festival
  • Unstoppable and insatiably hungry Maw that grows to limitless proportions
  • Cinemas with lots of personality and humor throughout the entire buddy-comedy storyline
  • Versatile leash for manipulating creatures and objects
  • Eight levels with varying puzzles and traps to overcome
  • Five unique creatures that instill Maw with five unique powers
  • Interactive soundtrack by award-winning composer Winifred Phillips
  • Additional levels available as downloadable content

System Requirements

    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista
    • Processor: AMD® Athlon® 64 2.2 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 300 MB Available HDD Space
    • Video Card: Nvidia® Geforce® 7600 256 MB or equivalent, (ATI® 2400 worked just as well)
    • Sound Card: DirectX® Compatible
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Controller Support: Xbox 360 controller and other DirectInput supported controller
    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 300 MB Available HDD Space
    • Video Card: Nvidia® Geforce® 8800 GT 512 MB or equivalent, (ATI® 3870 on the ATI side)
    • Sound Card: DirectX® Compatible
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Controller Support: Xbox 360 controller and other DirectInput supported controller
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124 of 146 people (85%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
It's like playing a Pixar movie if that Pixar movie were about a murderous alien who eats things alive.

...rephrase: It's like playing a Dreamworks movie.
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35 of 37 people (95%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
A cute little puzzle/action game where you play an escaped alien convict and befriend a blob that will eat everything else. I found the controls a bit loose but still very playable. Virtually no story, no real depth and cartoony graphics may make this one better suited for the younger crowd but it's a decent game to kick back with after an aggravating day for the older folks.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2014
While graphics are simple, this game is a lot of fun to play. Sadly though, it also gets bored quite quickly as well because of the highly repetative gameplay :(
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49 of 76 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2014
I had no idea this game even existed, or what it was, until Steam had it on sale.
I read some of the reviews, and downloaded the demo to give it a try, still not really knowing what this game was.
Turns out, it's kind of a puzzle game. I say "kind of" because the puzzles aren't particularily puzzling. It's just various ways that the Maw can eat things.
You play as sort of an escaped alien convict, and the Maw is like your pet. You feed him, he gets bigger. You feed him special creatures, he gets special powers. Use the special powers to get to things to eat, so he can get bigger, get big enough and he can finish the level. It's not overly complicated, but it's fun. It reminds me a little of Katamari, only with eating, instead of rolling around.

The good:
-Adorible graphics that aren't really out-dated, even though the game is old
-Simple game design/game play if you're looking for a very casual game
-Eat various creatures and see how large the Maw can get

The bad:
-Clunky controls. Half the time it feels like you're trying to wade through molasis. And the other half you're wondering why the mouse is so sensitive.
-Too much hand-holding AND not enough. Sometimes it'll tell you the stupidest things (like press "space" to dodge) and keep throwing it in your face. Other times you'll have no idea what to do (like press "space" to use Maw's ability) and you'll be struggling to figure out what to do, not because the puzzle is hard, but because you didn't know what key to press. When in doubt, press space.
-Camera angles..... the camera angles are just SOOOO frustrating sometimes. When you turn, the camera decides to turn in random directions, and you can move the mouse to turn the camera, but it only moves about a centimeter at a time, more often than not it'll take you more time to turn the camera than it will to complete the puzzle.

All-in-all it's not a bad game. But it's certainly not worth it at full price. I got it on sale for $2.39 (including the DLCs) and that's around what this game is worth. It's fun, but it's not very engaging. And if the controls were less infuriating I would probably be feeling differently about it, but as it stands, I would not recommend this game at full price. Buy it on sale, and it'll be worth your few dollars.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
You find me captured by some aliens or humans and caged like an exhibit. Luckily their piece of crap ship crashes and I find myself next to a big glob looking creature who just loves to eat everything. Oh ya looks like I’m getting off this rock.

The Maw is the story of an alien and his new blob pet, Maw, trying to get away from their captures and get their freedom back. Maw is kind of like a garbage disposal but with large teeth and gets bigger after feeding him so much stuff.

You can feed him little pink fuzzy creatures as his basic food but once he’s a certain size you can feed him a variety of other things you find around the levels. Fire lizards that will change him into a fire breathing Maw. Flying worms can let you jump higher, float around for a bit, and slam down on things. A crazy peacock will let shoot lasers out of your eyes. Last a rhinoceros beetle that will let you charge into rocks and things to destroy them.

It’s a casual game with lots of humor and fun to be had. You’ll go through a total of 8 levels which aren’t to challenging and you can also download 3 deleted levels to add to your playtime. Not much wrong with the game except for length but it is a small indie title which started out as a XBLA game.

So if you want to laugh a little and burn some time then pick this game up and enjoy.

Bear Rating: 9.5/10
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2013
Even with outdated graphics, this game is still charming and very original. Smart game-play, funny characters and nice puzzles make it very fun to play. Refreshing.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
I may have played through this game like 5 times. It's such a fun, tightly crafted little game. You can blast through it in a few entertaining hours. Because the characters have such great humor and heart to them, you may end up replaying it again a few months later when that feeling of "Maw Separation Anxiety" sets in. Also, the Maw reminds me of that monster in the old B-movie, "Terror-Vision".
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2014
I played this game years ago when it first came out on the 360, and at the time, I quite liked it. I picked it up again on PC because I thought my four-year old would enjoy the cute characters and simplistic gameplay, and I'm happy to say that she did. However, this is a terrible PC port. The game often fails to launch on the first try, Maw and his handler occasionally freeze up, and one particular enemy in a later level, whose ramming skill was needed to pass an obstactle, despawned for no apparent reason. When the last two glitches happened, we were forced to restart the entire level from the beginning. It is a real shame that an otherwise enjoyable game like this should be marred by so many bugs.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 8, 2011
Good character action game. Mad charming, though a tad repetitive. The DLC helps this though. Good times.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2012
The Maw is an light action-adventure with very minor puzzle elements. You are controlling Frank, the blue alien and use your pet-like helper, the Maw to eat everything standing in your way. Depending on what you eat you will gain some new abilities like fire-breathing or floating althought they disappear with the start of a new level.

Yea, it is a bit repetitive and easy. The graphic itself isn't also too awesome but it fits the game itself pretty nicely. On the good side The Maw has something I personally can't find in too many games: A really charming main character (The Maw, not Frank). I find it especially impressive how much emotion the Maw can show which basically consists of only a giant mouth (hence the name) and an eyeball. A compliment to the animators of the game.
All in all the game is probably more suitable for children (especially since there is nearly no in-game text) since it is hardly possible to fail in the game and the puzzles aren't really puzzly. But between most modern and also more hectic and stressful games The Maw is an enjoyable change of pace in a colorful world.
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8.5 hrs
Posted: September 19
Fun third person platform. Mostly simple without too many difficult areas to get past. This game took me many years to get back to so that I could finish. But now that I'm done, I enjoyed it. I felt the artstyle was really good and gives the game longevity in the great changing world of computer graphics. Usually can be found cheap and if you have little ones playing games, this is very appropriate.

You play as an alien who has a "pet", the Maw. Your pet can help you destroy obstacles, eat creatures in the world and also change into different types of attributes. One type is the ability to electrocute. Another type is to be a rhino and another type is to allow you to jump really high and float as if your pet was a balloon. Finally, you will also have the opportunity to turn your Maw into a fire breathing monster. All of these are used in a sort of puzzle like manner to get through the levels which are short, but good.

Overall, it's a cute, fun adventure as your character and the maw plow through each level.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: August 19
About a 4 hour game (with all dlc levels). Very fun and a funny game.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: August 7
What is here is good and a few puzzles may make you stop and think for a while, but more variety in activities and some gameplay corrections could help. A run button so you can move faster over extensive terrain, getting to play as The Maw a few times would have been appreciated, a first person camera so you can get a better perspective of where things are and where to go next and the game could have taken advantage of the fact that the main character is eventually smaller than The Maw and can fit in their mouth or perform actions like take advantage of the size difference.

I do like how the game aesthetic is at odds with The Maw's vicious activities. Everything looks cute and cuddly but The Maw eats people WHOLE, sometimes more than one at a time. The cutscene at the end of the speed bike DLC level is a great example of this.

I get the feeling that the entire galaxy is eventually eaten up by The Maw and his friend eventually falls victim to his appetite without The Maw knowing. If this game ever gets a follow up, the threat of that could be a place to start the story.
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llearch n'n'daCorna
12.8 hrs
Posted: July 4
What's not to like? Run around, be cute, and feed the entire universe to your new pet. The controls are fine, the interface is a little clunky, but the overall gameplay is mostly pretty straightforward - run around and get Maw to eat everything. Be sure to find new and interesting things to feed Maw, if only for the neat new effects it gives.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: July 1
Walking your pet simulator 2009. Buy the mawsome pack for your kid. When it's on a big sale. It's not worth the money othervise.
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3.4 hrs
Posted: June 21
The Maw is a short, fun, 3D platformer where you play as Frank. Frank is some weird alien creature that escapes a boring life or prison or whatever and comes into contact with the Maw, whom he is able to control. Together, Frank and the Maw fight through various levels as the Maw also eats different creatures, growing at various points. Enemies vary but it can feel repetitive. Then again, this game was designed for children and I'm 24. Anyway, it's been in my library for a long time and I figured I might as well play it having just finished a number of other longer games.

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0.5 hrs
Posted: April 2
I like this game even without any meaningful story this game is awesome in a funny stupid way;but its not a long time game for me its only about eating nothing else really so id say its good to sometimes play it.
5starts for fun
0stars for story
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0.3 hrs
Posted: March 7
Walking your pet simulator sci-fi edition
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0.3 hrs
Posted: February 9
it has fleebs from rick and morty 10 out of 10 unless you count fleebs that are pink fluffy balls that a purple monster eats the ♥♥♥♥ out of than yes it counts
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3.4 hrs
Posted: January 30
The game starts from a nice concept, but doesn't make anything special out of it; that's the main problem: the game's rather boring. The pace of the main character (and of the game itself) is just too slow, the environments are so incredibly samey and boring, the preys mostly dull and requiring almost no effort to capture. The game's pretty short, yet you feel it still treads on too much, especially with the few but insipid cutscenes. Wasted potential.
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