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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September 7

v.176 – Mushroom Shrine Tales Patch Notes



Visit the town of Mushroom Shrine and help out the yokai NPCs in Mushroom Shrine Tales, MapleStory’s newest theme dungeon! Form relationships with the spirited NPCs, and take on the unflappable new boss, Tengu! Then enjoy the last of summer with worldwide Water Wars! Join up with the Cygnus Knights or the Resistance and soak your opponents. Celebrate music with the Maple Music Festival. Join in limbo rhythm mini-games, enjoy BBQ and fireworks, and collect some new chairs. The Futuroid event and other events will also be arriving. All this and more, in Mushroom Shrine Tales!

Patch Notes: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/16847/v-176-mushroom-shrine-tales-patch-notes

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August 31

v.176 – Mushroom Shrine Tales Update Preview



Visit the town of Mushroom Shrine and help out the yokai NPCs in Mushroom Shrine Tales, MapleStory’s newest theme dungeon! Form relationships with the spirited NPCs, and take on the unflappable new boss, Tengu! Then enjoy the last of summer with worldwide Water Wars! Join up with the Cygnus Knights or the Resistance and soak your opponents. Celebrate music with the Maple Music Festival. Join in limbo rhythm mini-games, enjoy BBQ and fireworks, and collect some new chairs. The Futuroid event and other events will also be arriving. All this and more, in Mushroom Shrine Tales!

Update Preview: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/16609

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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

Mushroom Shrine Tales



Visit the town of Mushroom Shrine and help out the yokai NPCs in Mushroom Shrine Tales, MapleStory’s newest theme dungeon! Form relationships with the spirited NPCs, and take on the unflappable new boss, Tengu!

Learn more about the update here: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/16609/
Read the complete patch notes here: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/16847

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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Bloom
40.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
You load the game and the server list is blank then it crashes.

Great game Nexon.
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Corruption_Virus
0.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
Its a good game, though if I could point out something, its that if your a returning player, with all the new classes and events you really won't know whats going on.

Things get changed and you get lost.

But overall I reccomend it.
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kp_plus
11.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
is kawaii would recomend
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Amazing Frogo
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 22
♥♥♥♥ tae
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Maple Weeb
10.8 hrs
Posted: September 21
R8 8 out of 8, its gr8 m8 recommended no need to deb8 but if you do i'll set a d8
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YKL
22.8 hrs
Posted: September 17
Was fun 'til it wasn't fun.
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deneb complex
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 17
This game had an unbeatable community experience years ago despite the bigger number whoring.

Pink lenses aside, you really have to question if "This is my job" and "I'm just feeding my family" are appropriate justification for spreading a culture and expectation of greed trumping all forms of morality.

Ironically, if this kind of industry is meant as a way of siphoning money out of the NA market and fix global disparity even a little bit, all you've done is reinforce the values that you may have been trying to stop. If it wasn't, the sheer excess of number-grubbing is sure to cause "materialism catharsis" in more than a few people.

In short, "this game is ok."
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
2003 maple story came out as the worlds first 2d side scroll mmorpg 2006 I started playing the game. maps were HUGE and not needed, item grabbing was so crazy just to get a rare drop, internet was Dailup and aol at the time, updates took forever and it got me excited, listened to experimental techno while staring at the backgrounds or waiting 5-10 minutes on an airship or toytrain/genie. Maple weapons were HUGE collectibles and it was just before they made the hero classes. Fast forward 10 years later to the same game and to call it the same is far from true... 10/10 would revisit old memories again if I wasnt 26 married college and have 3 bunnies to take care of.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
237.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Was and no longer is great.

Maplestory retains that look and feel from years ago, but still falls short on the essential elements that keep people in-game enjoying content and off hotstreaks of haituses. The community was the reason to log back in everyday. Your friends from school weren't embarrassed to say they played, and if they were it didn't show when they were in game. Today, I feel I need to explain myself everytime I download the nearly 10 gigabytes of content again, and appear online abound with greyed out names of the past on my buddy list.

It's depressing how a game that used to bring me joy is now devoid of any passion. Free to Play became a lie with the introduction of pets and store permits; things that should have been available for ingame currency or as rewards from quests. It's good business, because it's still tricking people, but poor practice.

Veterans of Maplestory saw the decline years before the younger crowd that the game is now geared towards. It was reap what you sow and is now pay hard to hit hard.

Maybe I'm stuck in the past, but the experiences I've had in the recent versions of Maplestory have cost me more than my wallet and is not worth even a half an hour of gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
This game is very easy to get into, but hard to get out. I remember playing when I was about 8 years old, playing that game. However, I have lost almost all of my interest in that game, and for one reason, Classes. I really think that there are wayyyyyyy too many classes. It's a bit overwhelming really.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Was the very firsr F2P mmo, I have had the chance to play.. Still love it to this day!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
It's still good to kill time and for who ever loves to grind with music in the backround
but do wish they fix some other things like creep spikes
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500 of 538 people (93%) found this review helpful
381 people found this review funny
Recommended
337.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2015
I've played this game since I was 10 years old when it came out in america.

The best way to describe maplestory is a deep, deep hole out in the woods.
When you are bored and looking for something to do you fall into this hole.
At first you are scared, you panic and try to get out of the hole.
But slowly, you begin you like it in the hole.
You spend thousands of dollars on making this hole cooler, nicer, and do more dps.
You meet friends, lovers, and ♥♥♥♥♥♥s inside of this hole, it begins to feel like a community.
Then high school girl drama will go down, and you will sell all your gear and quit.
You will struggle to climb out of this hole. And finally....you're out.

You go back to the way your life was before, and you become happy again.

After a couple of months...you feel this craving...this...hunger...
You miss the hole. Sure, the hole has its ups and downs...but you...you were safe in the hole...you were...home...
So you go back, and thus begins the never ending downward spiral of your life.

10/10 would quit and play again.
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749 of 856 people (88%) found this review helpful
486 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This game is like that really easy girl in middle school. You played with her for a while and got bored with her, but you hear her call your name and for whatever reason you go back to see if anything has changed, and every time you go back, nothing has ever changed. Now, almost 8 years since you've met her, and you two still meet up every once and awhile to diddle. This game, man.
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459 of 525 people (87%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
175.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
For claification sake, I've played this game since Beta and I love the overall animation and playstyle imaged as a 2D platformer. I guess this really hit a nostalgia nerve for me and my yearning for the old Mario Brothers mechanics. And while I hate to bash something I fell in love with, this is no longer the game that I use to know.

Back in the early days of MapleStory, you had your 4 standard classes: Mage, Warrior, Archer, Thief. Mage and Warrior had 3 subsets each; Archer and Thief had 2 subsets. Finding equipment and hanging out with friends was easy because there was just a few servers and not that many maps. The level cap was set as a crazy 200, but the mindless grinding wasn't so bad, cause you could easily be with your friends and if you found an equip you couldn't use, one of them could and vice versa.

But Maplestory grew. On the surface, you would think this is a good thing; more people = more friends = more equips. True, but Nexon saw this as an excellent opportunity to milk its players through microtransactions.

As the game grew, Nexon built more servers and maps, creating virtual spacial rifts between players. It became more and more difficult to get to the same map as a friend without using a teleport rock (a microtransaction item) or wasting a bunch of time. Nexon created pets, vanity items, world transfers, shops; all for real money. When that wasn't enough, they created more character types, those who couldn't share the cash shop items with the original characters, essentially urging players to rebuy cash items. The new characters also lead to the nerfing of some of the original characters under the guise of "improved" for rebalancing issues. Nexon raised the level cap to 250, milking players for even longer. They created a lottery system called gachapon for in-game items using real money, not to mention special event "lotteries".

Don't play Maplestory. It's not what it use to be. The fun is sucked out of it. Don't waste tons of time and money on it like I did.
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524 of 627 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
598.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
MapleStory was one of the first MMORPG titles I've had the chance of playing, besides Runescape Classic (which was a looong time ago).

After a revisit of this game (after many years of on and off playing), as well as THOUSANDS of dollars spent, I cannot say I am willing to recommend this game.

FIrstly, MapleStory is one of the few 2D side-scrolling MMORPGs that try to mix 'cute' and 'breathtaking' together, and at times, they do it very well. Some landscapes are huge, the original lore and locations were very well done, and one can be trapped in the game's beauty for long periods of time. Heck, even getting lost in that game was fun. However, with the changes as of the last two to three years, a lot of the beauty has been lost. In order to cater to the broader generation of players who demand instant gratification, they have changed out most of the old expansive locations and replaced them with compacted versions - so that players can traverse the world much more quickly. However, by doing so, they've stuffed all the game's content into the newer maps, which makes most of the world appear small and claustrophobic.

The music score for this game is wonderful. Whether you're inside the forests of Ellinia, or exploring the depths of Ludibrium, the background music really amplifies the mystery and beauty the game world is trying to become.

The original MapleStory had a handful of classes, and each of them were unique, but overall balanced. Now, each large 'class update' seems to focus on newer 'Hero' characters, most who severely outclass the older counterparts in terms of damage and flashiness. In fact, there are so many different 'Heroes' nowadays, it saddens me to say that you'll rarely run into the older classes anymore, except in the case of Legacy worlds.

The Cash Shop isn't all too great either. In addition to the standard cosmetic items and EXP boosts that one would commonly find in Free-2-Play MMOs, there are also items which give you in game currency, some which would offer you lowered failure chances when upgrading items. The latter gives players who spend a huge lead over players who don't, and this is made obvious by the overly high prices those items fetch on the marketplace.

Combine that with a marketplace that doesn't let players open one without forking cash (and depending on how much cash you're willing to spend, it also determines whether you'll have to stay logged in to sell items)(players are only able to trade, so they'll have to solicit people in the market entrances) and a bad support team, I truly cannot recommend this game to anyone. MapleStory's golden days are long gone, and what's left is a carcass of what was once a masterpiece.
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291 of 336 people (87%) found this review helpful
370 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
It's like sticking your ♥♥♥♥ in an anthill. The first time,you wonder why you did this.
Five years later,you look at your ant-human children,filled with half regret and half acceptance
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