Guardian Maia Ep 1 9+

CYOA, text adventure gamebook


Designed for iPad

    • 4.9 • 161 Ratings
    • Free



Make your choices and live with them. Epic interactive fiction.

A guardian must protect her people against the horrors of a world grown wild in the wake of civilisation's fall.

+ Guardian Maia Ep1 is free to play.
+ Interactive fiction, choose your own adventure with choice and consequence.
+ Unique combat system, choose wisely to conquer your enemies.
+ Based on the mythology of the Maori culture with a modern spin
+ Atmospheric soundtracks that incorporate Maori sounds and birdsong.
+ Stylised chapter illustrations featuring characters from the story.
+ An epic gamebook journey.

You are about to guide Maia on a treacherous journey where decisions aren't simply about life and death. The gods are watching Maia very closely, judging her behaviours, weighing her choices. Maia's mana is at stake in many of the moves she will make.
In the context of Guardian, 'Mana' represents Maia's personal and spiritual power, her will, her integrity, her inner strength. Episode One has three different endings depending on what Maia's Mana Score is at the end of the game.

Episode One begins outside a traditional Maori settlement in Fiordland, New Zealand. The people are protected by Guardians, and one guardian, Maia, is censured for her strange nature. While Maia lives outside the settlement, in the forest, her loyalty remains strong to her people as she protects them from hostile outside forces.

Find out what happens next by playing through our interactive fiction novel. Make your choices wisely your health and your mana depends upon it.

Episode One is part one of a duology. This is a hybrid historical/science-fiction story that draws on the mythology of the Maori culture in New Zealand. Guardian is also a global story and taps into the universal human need to belong and understand the mysteries of the world.


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

Kuini xo ,


I loved the feel of the game and it’s trueness to Maoridom. The story-telling is awesome and even being able to instantly know the translation for Maori words is cool too. I guess I still have a child’s brain mainly because I get a bit tired when I read too much 😅 Maybe for a next episode it could be a little bit less reading? But that’s just me 😂 Other than that love how you’ve taken it back to the old days and would love to see more of the game ☺️☺️

Fakeitormakeup ,

This is amazing

I love this, I didn’t quite know what I was doing in the beginning but after dying a few times and having to redo it from further back I figured it out fast 😂 I love how you can make the choices and different things happen and you learn more things. The soundtrack is phenomenal and I love being able to listen to the different native birds. Can’t wait for the full game version. The only slightly annoying thing (and this could just be iphone?) is that the “continue” button covers the last line of text once the paragraph hits the bottom of the screen, it can make it a bit hard to read.

BlingQueen777 ,


I have mild dyslexia and thought I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on the words. But colours chosen were perfect for my reading disability! Now the game itself is pure genius and fun as I love the ‘story’ or ‘tell tale l’ style games where you decide the outcome! Its a great story and good fun. Great work team, hope to see many more!!

Developer Response ,

Kia ora BlingQueen777, thank you for your review and it's wonderful you're enjoying the story. Glad the layout and colour schemes are working for you, we are ery pleased to hear that :)

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