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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"MapleStory is an MMO where the mixture of cuteness and a serious RPG feel has harmoniously mixed itself into one interesting game."
"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..."
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“MapleStory is hands down one of the best free-to-play MMORPGs of all time.”

Strange Stories

Play through three ghostly Secret Stories, where your choices influence the ending. Then explore The Afterlands theme dungeon, where the souls of the dead dwell in worlds of their own creation! Other Halloween events are coming too, so get ready to explore the Haunted Mansion, or fight the Elite Pumpkin Zombie!

Learn more about the update here: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/17286/
Read the complete patch notes here: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/17292

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

    • 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
    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
72.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Here is the thing, It isn't exactly the game itself, as much as it is the community. When the game first came out, the community for it was amazing! Everywhere you looked, you could see a player in every map. It was a game where you had to work together to make any progress. You knew the big name players; FangBlade, Tigger, CurryIsHot, etc. The community was there. It was loving, it was caring, it was a game that you wanted to play with friends instead of alone. It wasn't so much how long it took to get somewhere, as opposed to how you got there. Now the game is just too quick and easy to do anything. There are far too many classes, and instead of using skills from each class; (for example, one of the most famous party quests, the Ludibrium Tower PQ, you NEEDED to have at least a magician and a thief in your party otherwise you could not complete the party quest) is now replaced with 'HEY I CAN BEAT EVERY BOSS IN THE GAME IN 2 DAYS BY MYSELF BECAUSE I BOUGHT NX'. It just doesn't have the same player base, and I believe that is the reason so many people are quitting.

As someone who has played since 2006, these 10 years have really brought a change to my eyes on the game I once loved.

Here are some key points:
1) The game is too rushed now. I know leveling slow sounds boring, but back in the day the excitement of getting to level 21 after hours of work so you can start Kerning PQing with your friends. Getting your 2nd job took work and then going to Ludi PQ was another fun adventure when you had friends to do it with. Getting tracks and looking for the best 'clicker' to get you into the PQs and what not. It was fun. Someone being level 70 back then was amazing. You'd look up to them. Now you can get it within 5 hours of playing hard. When Zakum first came out, for a long time there was a select few who could even dream about getting a zakum helmet, now everyone has one.
2) Pay to win. They added all this new stuff to upgrade your items like cubes and I don't even know what else. Back in the day the only thing that NX bought you was cool hair, clothes and pets. Now, if you wana be the best at this game, you have to pay a lot of money for it with cubes, and other NX items.
3) Simplicity. This is what is turning me off at the moment. Back when I played, there was only Mage, Bowmen, Theifs and Warriors (and the rare 'beginner' main), and it was awsome. Each class had strengths and weaknesses at different points in the game, and the world wasn't too gaint to explore. The old saying 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' I think. People enjoyed making one of each of the 4 classes (even more if you wanted Spearman, fighter, F/P mage, clerics, bandits etc). Now, when I opened maplestory, I see like 20 different classes at least, and each probably have their own sub-classes, it's just too much imo. Back then it was easy to balance (in fact they almost never had to balance any classes cause they were so equal) but, I imagine with this many classes now, sometimes they get out of balance and certain ones outshine heavily.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
You load the game and the server list is blank then it crashes.

Great game Nexon.
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500 of 538 people (93%) found this review helpful
383 people found this review funny
357.8 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
489 people found this review funny
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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460 of 526 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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525 of 628 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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381 of 461 people (83%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
280.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Review as follows: Simple version up top, detailed on "read more". Note: I have played this game for well over 2,000+ hours over the years, and long before it was released on steam; how I ever racked up that many hours I will never know, but the game is not worth even 1 hour of your playtime.

The good:
  • A classic 2D action platformer
  • Many character classes
  • Many areas to explore
The Bad
  • Character classes are horribly balanced
  • Classes do not particularly stand out from each other (their niche's all blur together now)
  • There is a huge problem with botters and hackers (people using cheats)
  • Traveling is a serious pain, and they draw it out ALOT to make you want to spend $$ money to make it easier.
  • Items purchased with $$ have a time limit (usually 90 days)
The Worst
  • The game is so horribly coded it takes approx 2+ minutes to start even on high end computers
  • it will often take several attempts to start the game in order to start up properly (you will be getting lots of errors)
  • The game crashes FREQUENTLY you could be playing for 5 minutes and it will crash so hard you must force shut down your computer
  • The game servers frequently need extended maintanence (often emergency maintenece; occurs several times a week)
  • They force you to pay $$ real cash to have or upgrade abilities your character should have to begin with (such as the ability to hit criticals with magic attacks; which is INVALUABLE)
  • They make quests and grinding require so much travel you are essentially forced to purchase teleport rocks or other timesavers
  • Dying is exceptionally easy at higher levels, even the best gear can get you killed in as little as 5 hits (which you can get hit about every second), if you want to avoid the 10% exp loss you have to buy consumable "charms" to negate the 10% exp loss (which is many hours of work at higher levels).
  • Looting is atrocious (essentially requires spending $$ to get pets and items to have them loot for you.
  • They create artifical demand

On to the detailed and truely abominable things that make this game horrendous, almost beyond words.

Fundamentally flawed
The simple act of looting is to push the "loot" button which is both "Z" and the numpad 0. As you progress through the game the method for fighting "mobs" is at the bucket loads, you will be killing 4~12 monsters within every 5 seconds. Each monster drops 2~4 items which are money, a misc monster drop, a potion, and a "ticket fragment" of sorts to do a special instance run that is always dead (no one does them.). So for every item you want to pickup, you must push "Z" and you will find that you will quickly be pushing that key hundreds if not THOUSANDS of times every few minutes. And if you dont loot those items you make essentially no money. The entire economy is seriously inflated to begin with too. If you want looting to be convenient be prepared to shell out about $30~$40 every 90 days for a pet and its "gear" to make it run around to loot things for you.

You are forced to struggle with inventory space. At first you may think that you have plenty of space, but you quickly find out that the "Use" items and "misc" tabs will quickly be overlowing from NECESSARY items (the several hundred or THOUSAND potions you will be carrying, and have to replace every few hours or so). while the ETC slot will be filled with quest items, materials for crafting, and of course the hoards of monster drops you will be picking up (which usually only stack up to 200).

Items you buy with $$ are NOT account-wide. They use a nonsense "cash inventory" system which is only shared with other characters of the same class (except in some rare caes like the "adventurer" series of classes or the "cygnus knights." However after the addition of the resistance they have their own shared cash inventory as well. You may think that is good enough but it IS NOT! because there are 2x of all that combined in classes that have a cash inventory shared only with other characters of the same class (which is POINTLESS because then you would be leveling up the exact same thing all over again; as each class only has 1 build, a special exception is made few 2 or 3 classes which can be either 1 element or another). Please note I am not talking about how a magician splits off into ice/lightning or fire/poison, I am referring to how a single class with a single skillset can have skills you wont want to invest in because they have no real part in the only effective way to create your character; which can be ever so important as there are skills in future advancements that require some certain skills to be Maxed.).

They purposefully make things that should be everyday and easy access functions, exceedingly hard. For example, if you want to sell ANYTHING to ANY players, you want to go to the "free market" with about 50 other people, all spamming trying to sell things. If you want to sell ANYTHING as easily as it should be, you have to spend about ~$5 to buy a shop that your character has to man (lasts 90 days) just to sell things, which is horrendous in itself because you cant play the game, and it has a tendency to CRASH FREQUENTLY, and so hard you will have to FORCE SHUTDOWN YOUR PC!. So if you want to sell things as effectively as it should be, you have to spend $10 USD+ just to setup a store that will sell things for you (you set prices), and those can last 1 day to 7 days (getting more expensive for longer, up to $30 USD.)

Character balancing is pitiful
They come out with new character classes OFTEN! I swear, whenever you start getting your character to a high enough level to be happy with it, they release something that will outclass you in EVERY WAY! and you will essentially be forced to play that newest class since the monsters only get stronger to keep competing with the newest classes. And dont expect your old class to get revamped any time soon! it took them well over 3 years just to update the adventurers ONCE. and over a year for most anything else. In some cases the skillsets even change so completely you wont even recognize what to put your skill points into! but it gets WORSE! because if you make a mistake you will have to spend the $5+ USD to reset your points and hope you get it right the next time. It used to be that you had to spend about that much to reset a SINGLE POINT! and most skills require 20 or 30, im sure you can see how atrocious that is (the complete reset is only a new addition too, if you wanted reset you had to wait until they revamp your class again, because customer service WILL NOT HELP YOU!

Customer service from Nexon is essentially non-existant, in fact, 99% of any and all messages you will get from them are automated. And no matter how large or small your problem is, nothing will be done. Your account getting hacked, or a broken quest (some havent been fixed for 2+ years), maybe even missing items/progress from a rollback, you will not get any help.

There is no acceptable passive regen's (% or fixed numbers) for being in or out of combat, the only class that had one (the Jett) was removed with their revamp. So of course you must rely on potions ENTIRELY for you healing (unless you are a healer of sorts). The only passive regen you do have is 10hp for standing still for 10 seconds, and at higher levels (something you quickly reach) you have 7,000+ HP easy. while mana regen's at 3, which your mana is easily over 2,000 regardless of class (mages can go up to 30,000).

There are countless more horrible things I can tell you about, but i feel I have made my point, and I beleive this is enough reasons why this game is among the things you should never play. Comments and likes are greatly appreciated! lets get the word out on why this is an awful game!
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223 of 259 people (86%) found this review helpful
117 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2015
Before you start playing again... ask yourself

Are you bored enough for maplestory?
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177 of 199 people (89%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I played Maple Story the very first day it was released to North America and since then the game has changed a ton.
The grind in the game was hard but when you got them levels you earned them and it was amazing hearing the stories of guys like Tiger making top Teir and Wizet really loved it's community. Normally in the old maple story you would see admins walking around talking to members as they passed by and it was exciting to see the community with their passion for the game making content like Dray86's Maple Kombat.

Then came Nexon who montized the hell out of the game, took the world that everyone loved and threw it all over the place then they made these hero classes that made the orignal classes completely useless of which had the most insanely high damage you've ever seen. Many of the cool dungeons in maple story became empty which is really sad because they was excellent.

Sadly maple story degressed into this sub par kind of game. I want Wizet back, I want my maple story.

Do I recommend it to you? No, Nexon is a greedy company but you won't really noticed how screwed up the game is unless you was there from the start. You won't notice all the cool stuff taken out because they'll try to blind you with high numbers and stupid classes to ego stroke your ♥♥♥♥.

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70.6 hrs
Posted: October 19
these used to be some sweet ♥♥♥♥♥♥s but now its nutsack
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-fmn- tidus
5.4 hrs
Posted: October 18
controls are not as good as I try to get them, using the arrow keys makes it diffeclt to get used to and does not help with your wrist. joypad control options do not work and this game could have been a lot better if the movement keys were "WASD" and the skills/items were on the numbers. it could be better but i'm not staying to find out
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731.3 hrs
Posted: October 18
this game is DOPE
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Swoody ™
36.4 hrs
Posted: October 17
This games dope, been playing this game for years now. And i am in love with the new Reboot server! :) Recommend for everyone who loves these kind of games.
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69.9 hrs
Posted: October 17
Ahhh~ Dem memories back in 2005.
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Lightning Blaze
0.3 hrs
Posted: October 16
So i used to play this game way before i even knew about Steam, probably wasn't even a thing back then, but i eventually got bored of it and stopped playing. Now i'm coming back to it and don't remember my PIN for it so i decided to create a new account. Only problem with that is the fact that it didn't even give me the option to log in, it just logged me into my old account and i saw no way to log out and switch to my new account so that i could actually play the game. And this is a huge problem because that means that the game is just automatically logging random people into my account, and probably others as well.

Basically, Nexon needs to fix its ♥♥♥♥.
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15.7 hrs
Posted: October 16
It's a very cute and interactive game that can keep you entertained for hours.
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93.3 hrs
Posted: October 14
10/10 would go back to 2009 again
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4.2 hrs
Posted: October 14


Pro: Noob
Me: Okay :(
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[CORN HUB]Heyman1231
0.8 hrs
Posted: October 14
its maple story.
what else is there to say.
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