The original Maelstrom was made by Ambrosia Software in 1993 (www.ambrosiasw.com) and I decided to redo it in Flash, as my first real game programming experiment. If you don't like classic gaming or have some unfounded hate for Macs, don't play.
Except for the fact that you can't reconfigure the controls, and some loss of graphics (like the rotating ship), this is a perfect translation of the original Mac game.
High scores are for your local machine only (at least for now). Have fun, and good luck!