Conclusion: Overall, this game is short but very good. I especially recommend it to any fans of puzzle platforming games such as myself. There's also 3 DLC levels available for just $1.25 apiece. I haven't played them, but I am sure any fan of this game would enjoy them. That does it for this review. See ya next time.
Excerpt: What a weird and wonderful game The Maw is. It's a cute 3D puzzle/platformer with a disturbing underbelly. You see The Maw, the star of the show, is a one-eyed purple blob that's hell bent on eating everything in sight, including cute little creatures. Each mouthful makes him ever so slightly bigger, his razor sharp teeth and bottomless pit of a stomach the stuff of childhood monster nightmares.
Excerpt: Somewhere far away from here, military types are locking up assorted people from an unnamed planet. You're one of the victims, a diminutive blue fellow in a flashy space suit. One day you were free as the breeze and now you're aboard a space frigate, bound for an uncertain and likely unpleasant future. Then fate intervenes. The vessel you've been riding crashes and you're thrown from the hold.
Excerpt: Développé par Twisted Pixel Games qui a notamment travaillé sur le récent Blitz : The League II, The Maw nous relate les aventures de deux créatures bien étranges. On suit donc la vie de Frank, un extra-terrestre comme les autres victimes malgré lui de chasseurs de prime. Ils ne font malheureusement qu’obéir à la loi du plus offrant. C’est en rejoignant sa cellule que ce dernier fera la connaissance d’un allié de circonstance.
Summary: The phrase “Good, but not great” pretty accurately sums up
. The puzzles are nothing new or exciting, but the varied creatures and the powers they bestow do add SOME variety to the equation. The graphics and sound are top-notch, but the lack of a real storyline or dialogue hurts the game somewhat. Still, it’s a decent expenditure of time for 800 points, and who knows?
Pros: Great visual style, Excellent music, Decent length for 800 points
Cons: Serious control issues, Movement speed is PAINFULLY slow, level structure that equates to a series of ‘key puzzles’.
Excerpt: The Maw, an Xbox LIVE Arcade (XBLA) title developed by Twisted Pixel Games, 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. The game stars a large purple blob concerned mostly with snacking and lounging around. At first it may seem like he is pretty much a slob, but he can absorb the traits of anything he eats and is virtually indestructible.
Conclusion: The Maw is a fun game for the few hours that it lasts. But it is ultimately too short and suffers from having its content bled out through DLC packs. If a quick, light hearted quest with a cute, hungry alien sounds like a good time to you, then check it out.
Excerpt: The Maw is like that attractive girl you pass by everyday without uttering a word to at school, the library or any other rom-com set piece cliché. A major crush develops and before you know it, said girl has taken out an indefinite lease to your brain. You’re convinced she’s perfect and meant only for you.