The Maw Xbox 360


Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. It may not be the biggest Jewel, or the most Expensive, but its most certainly up there with the shiniest.
  2. It won't take long to consume, but the taste is sweet.
  3. 90
    While the game does have a few drawbacks – it’ll only take you 3-4 hours to beat and the camera is a bit inflexible – you’ll certainly have fun with this title. With adorable characters that fit perfectly into its retro style of play, The Maw offers XBLA fans something new and unique.
  4. If you're a fan of well-crafted children's stories and tightly designed gameplay, there's no excuse not to give The Maw a shot.
  5. An entertaining, original and funny platformer that really gives a boost to the XBLA. Easily one of the best games on the arcade and well worth the price. It is lacking somewhat in the length, and a few more levels would have been nice, but the announcement of DLC will hopefully rectify that. Unfortunately no multiplayer, but the single-player more than makes up for it, with its stellar gameplay and graphics.
  6. The Maw might be short but it’s one of the more charming titles that is available on Arcade. Even at 800 Microsoft points (ten dollars), the graphic quality, entertainment and the comedic styling’s of Twisted Pixel make this game worth every point.
  7. Roll The Maw’s gameplay, visuals and audio together and you have one very tasty yumyum, not to mention one of the better original IP’s to hit Xbox Live Arcade in awhile.
  8. If you’ve finally caught up on all the holiday’s big titles, and are looking to blow some MS Points, The Maw is the way to go.
  9. 81
    As far as Xbox Live Arcade titles are concerned The Maw is one of the brightest to come along in quite some time. The concept is fresh, the visuals are stunning and the pacing is nearly flawless.
  10. The only downside to the game is that it is quite short. Let's hope that Twisted Pixel will create a full game in the near future because the duo of Frank and Maw really works and best of all, the gameplay is fun and can be played by all sorts of gamers.
  11. 80
    It's also a great game for parents searching for something to hand off to a young child. The Maw is fairly linear and there isn't a great amount of depth to it, but its two main characters are adorable and the pacing is spot on.
  12. What a weird and wonderful game The Maw is. It's a cute 3D puzzle/platformer with a disturbing underbelly.
  13. What Twisted Pixel has really accomplished here is creating the equivalent of a Pixar movie with interactive elements. And, at roughly the same cost as (or, in many cases, less than) a DVD, fans of that style of animation and storytelling should be more than satisfied.
  14. There is enough in the short story mode that hooks you in and keeps you entertained, even if it may only be for an afternoon or so. Let’s hope we see maw from The Maw, in the future.
  15. It's quite refreshing to play something that feels like it wants you to play it.
  16. A great game, only possible thanks to the XBLA, because otherwise it wouldn´t have been released. Fun, compelling, pretty, with a lot of humour, good graphics, gameplay and sound... a charming game with a great price, recommended for everyone. Unfortunately, it's too short and it does not offer much for replays.
  17. Really, this game is all about its personality and your willingness to lose yourself to its charm. For an enjoyable little jaunt that has more “awww” than “raaawwwwr,” The Maw is well worth the price of admission.
  18. The richly-colored graphics and likable main characters make the attractive presentation a little kid-friendly, but the puzzle-solving and evolving gameplay ensure that it’s ideal for a general audience of any age.
  19. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Your grin will be as wide as the maw's. Get it. [Apr 2009, p.104]
  20. The Maw definitely succeeds in its quest to be a fun, charming, and simple game that anyone can play and enjoy for as long as it manages to stick around.
  21. 78
    We have here one of the best designed titles of the Xbox 360 digital marketplace, with a good production and an originality which is clear from the first minutes of play. Although the game is far from being an indispensable title, it will entertain platform lovers, and also those wanting to try something new and fresh.
  22. The Maw's clever concept deserves at least a cult following, even though the game itself needs a little more work. At the very least, The Maw earns enough good will to make you hope they pull it all together in a sequel that you would line up for if they make some slight improvements.
  23. 75
    With highly polished graphics and music which is unlikely but suits the game to a tea, The Maw certainly is a lot more polished than your average Live title. The levels themselves are a little plain, but some of the animations and scenarios you come across keep you wondering what’s around the next corner.
  24. Coming in at 800 Microsoft Points, The Maw is conservative platformer that takes some time-tested ideas and implements them in a fun and easy-going game. Difficulty is not an issue here, and in this case, that's not a bad thing. Enjoy it while it lasts, though, because Maw's stay isn't a very long one.
  25. The Maw is a simple, yet enjoyable game, with charm to spare.
  26. I think most gamers will fall in love with The Maw’s charm and simplistic gameplay.
  27. From the beginning, The Maw convinces with lots of charm and will definitely tie you to the screen. Sad enough, the motivation to play the game again, is not very high.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. rbee
    Aug 16, 2009
    This really is fantastic fun. In downloading demo after disappointing demo on XBLA for my 10 year old son, I've gotten used to sizing upThis really is fantastic fun. In downloading demo after disappointing demo on XBLA for my 10 year old son, I've gotten used to sizing up games based on their faults and ruling out purchase after purchase within minutes. The Maw is the first game I've really really wanted to see more of, and am willing to pay a great amount to get. My son sat down and worked out the level in moments and it was wonderful, although I suspect he would not be so interested in the game in a few years from now. More Maw! Soon! Please! Full Review »
  2. MadsA
    Jan 27, 2009
    This is truly a great gem. You play as a blue alien named Frank, who are taken captive inside a big spaceship together with a lot of other This is truly a great gem. You play as a blue alien named Frank, who are taken captive inside a big spaceship together with a lot of other animals. There he meets his soon-to-be-friend Maw, a big purple blob with one huge eye and sharp teeth. The ship eventually crashes, and the game begins. The game consists of some puzzles along the way, but the main game mechanic is to find food for Maw, while controlling Frank. Frank controls Maw via a chain, but he can also let Maw roam around free. Some animals give Maw special powers when eaten, and are used to solve puzzles or getting around obstacles. After eating a varying amount of animals, Maw grows and increases in size, and the level's exit opens. Also note that you can't die in this game, which makes the game a bit short, but free of frustration for smaller children. The graphics are truly great, which helps to bring the two hilarious characters to life. The artwork is very well done. This game is refreshing to see on Xbox Live Arcade, due to it's cute characters and humour. I really want to see the Maw character in more titles to come. Though the target audience probably is kids, this is a game everyone can enjoy no matter age. A free demo is available on Xbox Live Marketplace, There is no excuse for not trying this great game. Full Review »
  3. HagenMcMenemy
    Jan 21, 2009
    A very amuzing game that is a welcome break from all of the bloody killing and complex platforming of the recent great '08 games. SitA very amuzing game that is a welcome break from all of the bloody killing and complex platforming of the recent great '08 games. Sit back, enjoy the music, corky story, adorable characters, and addictive gameplay. Don't be put off by how short it is. It's well worth 800 msp. Full Review »