Guardian Maia Ep 1 9+

CYOA, text adventure gamebook


Designed for iPad

    • 4.9 • 39 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
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

FomiteX ,

Wholly captivating, unique story

Gaurdian Maya has better dialogue than most choose your own adventures. The Maori cultural elements offer a new kind of world and warrior, which was exciting. One small annoyance that I hope is addressed in part 2 is that the options overlap the text (on an iPhone) so you have to scroll up and down to catch the last few words.

Doctor Rhythm ,

Compelling Characters

I’m usually not a fan of choose-your-own-adventure stories, but this one was fantastic. Maia is an immediately relatable protagonist. I really cared about her to the point of worrying about how each decision would affect her fate. Even the villain is interesting and sympathetic. The story so far is a bit of a hero’s journey with a Maori twist. Looking forward to the next installment.

TherealRenko ,

Amazing! Only one concern

First off I hate to read but this had me hooked the entire time. It’s simply amazing. The only issue I have is when your choices pop up it blocks the story and it’s unable to read. Please try and remedy this before Chapter 2. Otherwise keep up the great work!!!

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