Enter a world of magic and mystery in MapleStory, the original side-scrolling MMORPG. Choose from over 30 classes and join the millennia-long battle against the evil Black Mage.
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Release Date: Aug 9, 2012

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June 22

v.174 Heroes of Maple: Reborn



Prepare for the all-new blockbuster story, the Heroes of Maple! The first Act will be released on june 22, with subsequent Acts being released all summer long. It has been many centuries since the six heroes of the Maple World successfully sealed away the Black Mage and saved the Maple World. But now a new threat rise and Mercedes, Aran, Phantom, Luminous, Evan, and Shade must reunite!

Preview: http://maplestory.nexon.net/micro-site/11583
Patch Notes: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/11751/v-174-heroes-of-maple-reborn-patch-notes

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May 18

v.173 Detectives



It’s mystery time! Join Chase the Beast Tamer, Hayato, Kanna, Jett and newcomer Zen, as a member of the Stellar Detectives. Work together to uncover the mystery of the missing pets! Then, embark on a journey around the world as you join Mr. Lee’s World Tour. Play mini-games in different countries and earn coins to exchange for cultural rewards. But look out! The monsters are coming to Henesys…the Monster Kindergarteners, that is! Defend the town and its citizens from these pint-sized pipsqueaks in the Monster Picnic Event. The Time Capsule event and other events will also be arriving. All this and more, in Detectives!

Get the full Patch Notes here: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/10726/v-173-detectives-patch-notes

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Reviews

"MapleStory is an MMO where the mixture of cuteness and a serious RPG feel has harmoniously mixed itself into one interesting game."
OnRPG
"MapleStory continues to break its own records as more and more players continue to fall in love with its vibrant art style, exciting action-themed gameplay and compelling lore..."
Gamers Daily News
“MapleStory is hands down one of the best free-to-play MMORPGs of all time.”
MMOHut

Heroes of Maple: Reborn



Join the six heroes of the Maple World as they come together to fight off the Black Mage’s powerful commander, Damien. Check out Aran and Evan’s newest abilities as you explore the revamped Black Heaven and Monster Park, now more accessible and rewarding, with a few new goodies to discover!

Learn more about the update here: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/11582/
Read the complete patch notes here: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/11751

About This Game

Eons ago, six brave heroes defied the Black Mage and stopped his conquest of Maple World, sealing him away for millennia. Now the fiend has awoken, and a new breed of hero must take up the call.

Choose from over 30 characters, including mages, archers, pirates, ninjas, even time travelers! Customize your hero with countless cosmetic options and craft your own play-style with robust skill trees. Explore Maple World's mountains, deserts, jungles and more, or travel to the alien world of Grandis for even more intrigue. With millions of players to meet and countless adventures to be had, MapleStory is the MMO that lets you unleash your wild side.

Key Features:

  • Customize Your Skills
    Choose from over 30 playable classes, each with distinct personalities and abilities. Level up your hero and specialize your skills for the perfect play-style. Every Maple hero has a story, and they all need players like you to guide them. What will your story be?

  • Unlimited Style
    No two Maplers are alike. Pick from hundreds of cosmetic options to craft the perfect hero. Choose from hats, cloaks, gloves and more to create a look that matches your personality. Crave substance over style? Collect weapons and armor to become the greatest warrior Maple World has ever known.

  • Fight with Friends
    MapleStory is one of the most social MMOs available. Bring along your buddies and create a guild, or make new friends as you join forces with millions of other players. Exploring Maple World is better with an ally by your side!

  • The Fun Never Stops
    MapleStory is always evolving, with new quests, new locations and new events added on a regular basis. Whether you're enjoying a new mini-game or taking on a new boss, there's always something to do, and someone to do it with.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2.4Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.4Ghz
    • Memory:2GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 8600 GH / ATI Radeon HD 3450
    • Hard Drive:At least 14GB of free space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0 or higher compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • We recommend that you install DirectX version 9.0 or higher for the client to run smoothly
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 3.0Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 3.0Ghz
    • Memory:at least 4GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 9600 / ATI Radeon HD 3870 or higher
    • Hard Drive:At least 14GB of free space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0 or higher compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • We recommend that you install DirectX version 9.0 or higher for the client to run smoothly
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spreadnuts
( 490.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This is a review based around the REBOOT server. Reboot was one of the major goods the Nexon did to this game, and it was an update big enough to bring the community back to life in its last dying breaths. Nexon America, notorious for focusing only on pushing out content and collecting as much profit as possible, rose above and listened to the community for the first time in a while. They finally addressed the fact that their game was heavily pay-to-win based. I do agree that it was rather scummy to save this as a last resort instead of doing it earlier, but the fact remains that they did it, even at the risk of losing money.

Reboot is a GMS server different from all the others, in that the only items you can buy using real money are purely cosmetic, aside from pets. Pets are definitely needed for fast grinding of mesos in the late-game, but even they can be earned by killing Hilla, a mid-game boss.

MapleStory will always hold a place in my heart, even long after I leave. Through the layers of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t Nexon coated the game in, there's a genuinely good game with an expansive world and a great community. I was long gone and done with the regular servers but Reboot brought me and tens of thousands of other players back, allowing everyone an equal oppurtunity.

We can even see now that Nexon is slowly beginning to address bugs and balance issues. In recent patches, Nexon was also able to add new content that was meaningful and well made, while also balancing characters and fixing bugs. They also give out items if ever they make mistakes that mislead players or affect gameplay, fixing it right away as well.

I have many other things to say about the game, but I think everything beyond what I've said so far is purely subjective and will be up to the player whether or not they like it.
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The Lord of Shadow Hammer
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This is the most annoying thing I have ever had to deal with. I just wanted to play games with my friends, apparently I can't, cause maple story isn't competant enough to figure out the glitch of quest bubbles not appearing over the heads of NPC's, that seems like a large problem if you ask me, so screw the creators of this game, good job, you failed to entertain me.
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jimmylism
( 294.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Rip life
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meem lord
( 190.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
dis gem iz reely denk wud spend lotz uf tiem groondin 2 lvl 133 agen and stil goin xDD
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Hypr
( 1,403.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
It's okay


10/10 would bang.
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Black★RockShooter
( 182.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Biggest waste of my time.
10/10 would play again
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RiverJix
( 36.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Even though it's simple looks, the game is fun.


... Even if I get confused where to go next sometimes. (Not Pro is I)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
113 of 131 people (86%) found this review helpful
103 people found this review funny
Recommended
830.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
It's the biggest mistake I've ever made.
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77 of 97 people (79%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Ah, MapleStory. My very first Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game. Where should I start? Ah, well, as a naive 14 year old teenager, I figured this was the most amazing thing. I noticed that my sister had installed it on the toaster of a tower we had at the time, and I joined at around 2 weeks in on the Dual Blade class' release date. It was a remarkable experience to say the least. Everything was alien and I had no idea where to start. Distributing stats where they did not go and purchasing ridiculously gear that was not needed was only the beginning of my journey in MapleStory. I met a valuable friend who I still know up to this day, and is probably the only good thing I received from this tarnished game. I will admit, it offered an unforgettable experience, but looking back now, I already grew out of it, or rather, the game grow out of me. Its updates pushed me away.

Before you assume I am one of those, "Big bang ruined MapleStory" people, note that I played even after this update. In fact, I played on and off with months of intervals at a time, thanks to real life things going on, until right before the RED update. I expanded my horizons and played other MMORPGs that my friend dragged me to. However, despite all those things, MapleStory kept calling back to me. I would often quit due to frustration and I realized the game was just not the same anymore with the introductions of so many new classes and the changes that were given. Mind you, I like change and embrace it, but MapleStory was one of those things that were given TOO MANY changes, and that alone was enough to drive me away. Eventually, it got to the point where I just stopped playing. From months at a time, I would get this nostalgic feeling to go back and pick up the game again, but then I realized how much the game urges you to make multiple characters, to work as much as you can on them for link skills and the like, and frankly... that was too much to fit into my daily life.

MapleStory was great game in its, however, the folks at Nexon have horrible customer service and the term, "Balance" means nothing to them, not to mention the North American community itself is pure cancer, full of idiots and immature children who just started growing their first chin hairs. I for one, no longer crave this game and if you look at my playtime hours, I indeed picked it up one last time and thought, "Yup, I totally grew out of this game", and was finally able to let it go.


Pros
  • Stays true to being massive and having tons of things to do.
  • It has over 30 classes to choose from.
  • Has the ability to drag you in and never let you go like a true MMORPG.(If you are into that kind of thing)
  • First 20 level tutorial offers a chance to change your character's cosmetics to one of your choosing. (Hair and face)


    Cons
  • Mini-game system is a horrible alternative for player versus player content.
  • Community is dead, not even megaphones about guild gossip and over priced items that you will never get exist.
  • All the real good players left a long time ago
  • It is too much of a money sink for temporary cash shop cosmetics or gambling for permanent clothing. You are darn lucky that your equips actually CHANGE your character's looks, albeit ugly.
  • It urges you to create multiple characters to take advantage of their set bonuses, thus wasting more time in the game.
  • Potential system separates the neckbeards from the whelps.
  • Broken economy
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33 of 43 people (77%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Are you ready to grind your lonely life away in this oudated 2D Korean MMO? If the answer is YES, then this game might be for you.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
530.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Played it since the start. Has been a really good time waster since I was a wee child.
All the casuals have left.
Only Large Guilds, Newbies and Addicts are left.
Unless you can find some friends (Or bring them yourself) the late game is abit of a pain in the ♥♥♥.

9/10 fondest childhood memories.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,302.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This was my first MMO experience back in 2006 way before there were the 30+ classes there are today. It started with 4 classes with 2-3 branches each. It's changed so much and yet I still play. This is the ONLY MMO that can keep me coming back. The combat is simple and the skills are flashy. A lot has changed in 10 years but it's still the same 2D side scroller I remember.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
248.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
THE GOOD
. in-depth and varied classes
. Amazing community
.theme dungeons are well thought out
. creative enemies
.Red first impact's intro cutscene is epic
. NPCs have fun personalities
. boss's are cool
THE BAD
. Cygnus knights are boring
. pay 2 win
THE UGLY
.none
RATING
6/10+
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
(Ignore the hours. The account attached to this was lost.)

With how the game has been getting, I have to say there is more reason to give it a positive remark. I do have negative views about the company and how they've make it into a cash cow with their games, but I won't digress too much into this review about that and suggest reading my Mabinogi review about that.

= - = - = - = - = Positives about the game = - = - = - = - =
Balancing of Classes:
For a long while, there were many classes that were just too overpowered and needed adjustments. Luckily, they fixed that in December of 2015 by giving necessary nerfs and buffs to classes. Many people would play a specific job (like Kaiser or Dual Blader), while neglecting other classes (like Evan or Aran) because they rather play overpowered over underpowered. I do see some jobs needing rework, but there is likely revamps going to happen.

No Pay-2-Win Server (Reboot):
This was necessary for the longest time because of how people can just drop $10 worth of Nexon Cash and end up with like 200+ million mesos for their character. It put a huge difference between the players who work for their money (by bossing or gathering) and people who can just drop money into the game.

Easier for Beginners:
I'm a veteran of this game for nearly 10 years and I remember the hardship of being sustained in the game, especially if you were a magician that relies heavily off of potions. Now, this game hands out money and potions like candy and I do support it, especially in the methods of how Nexon has done it.

= - = - = - = - = Negatives about the game = - = - = - = - =
Finding People to Work With:
Unless you have friends that play this game personally and willing to keep you there, the game gets boring and some content does require you to be in parties. Even for me, I can't do some content without the help of a friend and I'm fortunate that I was employed at Maple-Radio for a point to obtain some active, nice friends during my tenure. The game in the previous years were quite easy to get into a guild and work together, but these days--it's harder to do so and can be a challenge. You may want to spend some time trying to get into some groups.

The Company Itself:
I can go from one end of the earth to the other about this, but they have milked this game (and others) dry with the Pay-2-Win complex. Alongside, there has been times the company would say one thing, but then take it back and proclaim they "never said that" or you're "twisting their words." If you have a negative view or complaint about the company, don't even dare try to say that on the Nexon Forums or you'll end up with the Hime fans pouncing all over you or potentially banned. (I've witnessed and was a victim of this myself.)

Dead Servers:
The higher you go up the server list chain (exception of Reboot), you'll notice that the game doesn't have a thriving community in some servers. If you want to stay in a small server, fine; however, you will pay the price of how expensive some things might be and how some content might be limited to you because of the population and economy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
not recommended to anybody who doesn't enjoy throwing their money away.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
488.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Repeat after me; "I am not bored enough to start playing MapleStory again."
However, if you ever are bored enough to play MapleStory again it has most likely changed so much since the last time you played it that you experience it brand new again.

If you are looking to try MapleStory for the first time I would go into it with the mindset of "This game is meant for children, but that doesn't mean I can't have fun playing it." Because the graphics, dialog, and even the animations are very childish but it is a fun game that will eat all your spare time for roughly two weeks, and then it will sit in your library for a few months. Then you'll delete it, then re-install it roughly one year later and repeat the process.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
127.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
I have played this game for years (since before big bang) so i have been through the ups and downs. The game isnt pay 2 win it is pay 2 save time. Proof below:

You can get basic equips through events etc (basic can be even lvl 120 stuff that normal mobs drop or the zakum equips from easy zakum). Then you can do the gollux boss and commerci quest line to sell gollux shop equips by getting coins from easy mode, and cubic blades from commerci. A shop you can aquire from the maple rewards shop by killing bosses if you can, or doing star planet (easily attainable in a few hours from star planet). Sell your gollux shop equips and cubic blades that you acquiered over a month or so, you will be able to make a few hundred mil or so. Buy your chaos root abyss equips. Buy your reinforced gollux pendant / belt. Commerci will give you your already epic'd face and eye equip. Shoe and glove can be obtained by doing normal root abyss and opening the shoe / glove box with coins to achieve the 100% chance to go up tier per cube. Badge attained through ghost ship questline, emblem through boss arena, rings through the gollux shop (should have sold 1 out of the 4) and the other ring that drops from bosses, earring through gollux shop, cape can be anything until you can afford tyrant cape. Once you attained all of your equips you can epic pot all of them through epic pot scrolls provided in every single event shop which we have almost 24/7. Once you epic an item you can cube it from using cubes from bosses (since you can boss somewhat now), or cubes from the reward shop (get points from bossing or star planet). Also i forgot about scrolling which can be done through spell traces (20 crusader coins = 100 traces ~ crusader coins dropped from bosses), or event shop scrolls. Thats it, not pay 2 win, pay 2 save yourself from spending time on all of this.
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