The Maw hitting XBLA on January 21st

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According to the guys over at Twisted Pixel, The Maw, which just so happens to be the company’s first ever wholly original IP, will be next Wednesdays (January 21st) XBLA release.

The game places you in control of an alien called Frank, who holds onto a leash to direct a multitoothed pet called Maw around each of the games levels. Maw is very hungry but also easily frightened, so it is up to you to guide him around the levels and to feed him with the right things at the right time – which makes him bigger. Sometime when Maw eats certain objects he will take on it’s powers for a short amount of time, adding another layer of complexity to the game puzzles.

It all sounds a bit complicated in words, but any game that is a mix of Katamari Damacy and Kirby can’t be that bad in our book. And seeing as the game has been awarded the Audience Choice Award in the 2008 PAX-10 showcase, and was a finalist at this year’s Independent Games Festival for Technical Excellence, it is definitely worth checking out the trial for the game come January 21st to see what all the fuss is about.

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