Braid coming to Mac, The Maw hitting Windows thanks to Hothead Games

Using its digital distribution know-how, Hothead Games (of Penny Arcade Adventures fame) will be collaborating with independent developers to bring their original games to the Mac and Windows platforms.

The first two games are none other than Braid and The Maw. In case you hadn’t heard, Braid is also making its way to the PC, but as far as the Mac version is concerned, Hothead has the exclusive digital publishing rights.

The Maw, having also debuted on Xbox LIVE Arcade, will be brought to “multiple as-of-yet-unannounced digital distribution platforms.” I think we can all agree that Steam would be a lovely candidate.

I genuinely enjoyed playing both Braid and The Maw, so it’s fantastic to see more people getting the opportunity to play them. Did any of you guys miss out playing these titles?


“Braid” for Mac® and “The Maw” for Windows® Coming Soon

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Feb. 24, 2009 – Hothead Games revealed today its plans for a one-of-a-kind model of collaboration with other top-notch independent developers. This unique collaborative effort marries indie studios’ creative game designs with Hothead Games’ multi-platform development and digital distribution expertise to bring award-winning titles to new gaming platforms.

Among the first to join in this effort is Jonathan Blow, whose 2008 launch of Braid via Xbox LIVE® Arcade amazed gamers with its innovative game play and distinctive art style. Hothead Games is partnering with Blow to bring his ground-breaking game to the Mac® platform and has secured exclusive digital publishing rights to that version.

Further, Hothead Games has forged a new fellowship with The Maw developer Twisted Pixel. Launched last month on Xbox LIVE® Arcade, Hothead will deliver The Maw to the Windows® platform, integrating special features to make the crowd-pleaser compatible with multiple as-of-yet-unannounced digital distribution platforms and services.

“We focus on finding new distribution opportunities so that they can focus on what they do best: developing their next great game,” said Hothead Games COO Joel DeYoung. “These two titles represent only the tip of the iceberg. We’re committed to working with indies and helping them be successful, so look for lots more announcements to come.”

About Hothead Games: Hothead Games is an independent game developer and publisher based in Vancouver, Canada. The company is committed to creating top quality games for the experienced gamer. Hothead is best known for its RPG-adventure game series, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, based on the widely popular Penny Arcade online comic strip. Hothead self-publishes its titles with a focus on offering accessible game play and episodic content through digital distribution. Visit for more information.

About Twisted Pixel Games: Founded in 2006 by industry veterans, Twisted Pixel is an independent game development studio that operates in two capacities: 1) Inventing innovative original IP concepts then developing them into premiere console titles; and 2) Providing top-flight contract games development work to leading publishers on their highly-anticipated titles. The company’s mission is to become a leading developer of digitally distributed console games with ambitious and inspiring games that exceed consumer expectations. Learn more about Twisted Pixel at

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