Preview: Maelstrom (Steam Early Acccess)

Fast-paced naval battles in a grim fantasy world of leviathans, warships and treasure! Featuring tactical, ship-vs-ship-vs-monster multiplayer, customization & progression!


  • Gorgeous graphics.
  • 4934MB Download size.
  • Graphics options- Fullscreen, Aspect ratio, Resolution, Resolution scale, V-Sync, View distance, FXAA, Foliage/motion presets, Blur/Effects/Shadow/Texture quality.
  • Controls- Keyboard and mouse or controller is supported.
  • Can rebind keyboard.
  • A training level that can be replayed.
  • Pirate ship battle royale gameplay.
  • Three factions- Orc, Dwarves, and Humans.
  • Each faction has three unique ships.
  • Earn Gold/EXP from games.
  • Party system.
  • Captains- First one is free when you earn more by leveling up. Each captain brings unique attacks and buffs to your ship.
  • Mates are your crew and can be found as a random drop/ leveling up and these guys will alter your stats.
  • Ship- Hardpoints are the name of the five parts you can customize and upgrade. Cannons, Defense, Offense, Utility, and figurehead. You equip these as you go and alter your stats and attack capabilities as well as grouped in tiers that can be increased as you play.
  • Map- Both minimap and full-screen transparent map.
  • Loot is on the map and can also drop from enemies both AI and human. Power-ups spawn/drop and can give things like speed turning, a speed boost or strong attacks etc.
  • Water- Currents pull you around you. The Maelstrom is like a whirlpool that can sink you if you are not careful. But that said you can also use it to do fast turns. (Skill dependant, Results may vary)
  • Dead waters- There version of gas/blue zone/storm from other games. In here huge sea monsters will hunt you down, The sea will be choppier and generally, it is not good.
  • Map mechanics- Fog for hiding and breaking sight, Caves to hide in, Currents.
  • Controls are tight and easy to pick up.
  • Clear targeting system. You shoot predominately from the sides but either way, You have a clear trident looking reticule that shows where you are shooting, It fills up to show when you are reloading.
  • You can ram ships for more damage.
  • Boarding- Get your hooks into an opponents ship and board them to do major damage.
  • Each faction plays completely different.
  • Shooting- Again very easy to change it up but you can target parts of your enemies ship like the mast, Sides, Crew etc and this can affect not only their defensive numbers but also offensive and control.
  • Three modes in battle- Bots, Solo or three-player team.
  • Ship icon on the screen shows your health of the parts of your ship.
  • Upon death, you become a little Tugboat looking thing and can still drive around. You just have no weapons or anything and acts more like a spectator cam.
  • A lot of fun.
  • Very addictive.
  • With so much to customize and do with your ships, It is so deep and creative.
  • Earn chests with random loot from leveling up.
  • Fantastic looking water.
  • Clear easy to read UI.
  • Handy tutorial tip where every element on the UI is clickable and gives a description.


  • No achievements yet.
  • Slight learning curve.
  • Very rarely get full games.
  • Feels a bit unbalanced with veterans.
  • The camera goes funny when in tight spaces.
  • The map whilst big and varied, The whole thing lacks any real diversification between games.
  • Takes ages to level up.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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