Welcome to the world of MapleStory, where a cast of unique characters can’t wait to meet you and where a portal to adventure hides in every trash can and phone booth.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,561 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 9, 2012

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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."
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.”
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Night Walkers have come out of the shadows and are more skilled than ever! Take this class all the way up to Lv. 250 and unlock the Night Walker’s new skills, such as Dark Omen, a powerful ability that summons a flock of Shadow Bats to attack your enemies. Master the ninja star as you learn to toss 5 throwing stars at the same time with the Quintuple Star skill.

Celebrate the Maple That Was with the "Back to the Old Maple" event, and return to classic maps and take on powerful versions of Victoria Island bosses. Complete quests to receive Old Maple Coins, which can be exchanged for a variety of classic equips. Then become a student at Shinsoo High in the new FriendStory content! Arm yourself with a trusty smartphone and meet famous MapleStory characters in a new setting. Hang out with Mihile, Hawkeye, Eckhart, and all the rest in this alternate reality version of Maple World.

Last month Mr. Lee invited you onboard his plane as he set off on a thrilling vacation... unfortunately, the plane hit some turbulence and now you've crashed on an island full of mysterious creatures! This event has been updated with new monsters and new escape routes and is now available as ongoing non-instanced content. You can also play through a new story at Mushroom Castle! It's time for Princess Violetta to find a husband, but the Mushking isn't the best matchmaker. Help him find the perfect groom for his daughter in this updated theme dungeon (Lv. 60 and above).

It's Homecoming, and there are all kinds of events to compete in! Complete quests to receive Homecoming Coins, which can be exchanged for various scrolls, Victory equips, and even a chair! And remember, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Soon there will be turkeys to hunt and delicious food to eat, plus the return of Sengoku High.

About This Game

Whoosh! Leave reality behind and enter the world of MapleStory, where a cast of unique characters can’t wait to meet you, where a portal to adventure hides in every trash can and phone booth, and where you and your friends can customize your characters however you like.
Pick your skills, dress up your characters, and meet new friends. Then, venture out into Maple World, where you’ll encounter giant snails and walking mushrooms, penguin royalty and talking spears. MapleStory overflows with bizarre adventures—flying airships, underground resistances, time travel, and more!

Key Features:

  • Customize Your Skills

    Pick from over a dozen classes, then fine tune your skills in sophisticated but easy-to-use skill trees. Need variety? You can always try out a new class.
  • Dress Up to Your Heart’s Content

    Select from thousands of items—from poo sticks to helicopter mounts to demon pets—to dress up your character. No two Maplers look the same.
  • Fight with Friends

    Conquer monsters, dungeons, and puzzles together, and level fast to take your character from budding beginner to vivacious veteran.
  • Leave Boredom Behind

    With a constantly-growing list of quests and events, you’ll never run out of things to do and see in the living, breathing world of MapleStory.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP or later
    • Processor:Pentium 4 or equivalent
    • Memory:1GB RAM
    • Graphics:Video Card with 128MB or higher and 3D acceleration
    • Hard Drive:At least 8GB of free space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 or later
    • Processor:Pentium Dual Core or equivalent
    • Memory:at least 2GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce FX5000 / ATI Radeon 9600 or higher (any video card with Shader model 2.0 or higher)
    • Hard Drive:At least 8GB of free space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
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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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
121.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Has become way to much of a Pay to win game... I've been playing on and off since beta version 0.16, when getting to level 30 was a challenge...

Hackers everywhere, regardless of the constant patches...
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
534.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
After I have experienced SO much about Maplestory, from playing it since 9 years ago plus on various private servers, I think it is time to hit delete key and post a caveat for curious 12-year-old like you to see. This game does not hurt if you play with some friends. Honestly, being playing with friends is the only good way to play this game since they serve as a reminder that you still have a real life. Without such link to the reality, it is too easy to be sucked into the scheme of Maplestory that is deliberately, fundamentally created to exhaust both your mind and wallet
Because remember: the philosophy of any MMORPG is to encourage competition between players strictly on the level of vanity and facile values, being how beautiful you look, how much money you have, how high damage can you hit...... Especially when you are lonely in the game, this emotion is easily ellicited because the game encourages so in any aspect. But the trick is, we all understand there is no ending to beautiful cash shop items and the amount of currency you possess, why can't we/I keep from not coming back to torture ourselves in the grinding and trading that ultimately lead to no real satisfaction?
Because those game developers(e.g. Nexon) understand how pleasure works in us. What human desires is not a specific, final object, but a differential value through a growing experience. That is to say, pleasure is only gained through change; and after you arrive at a threshold, being it posed by the game or your brain, you are only left with emptiness. And this is when you want to start the loop again, again, and again. This is precisely why we only want to make MORE money, why we want to spend MORE cash items, and get MORE levels/damage without it ending at a specific number. This is why Nexon created so many new types of characters and jobs: they want to give you the pseudo-novel feeling each time you restart the experience, while in fact, nothing has changed about how your pleasure works. It's an everlasting loop.
So instead of clicking the "Play Game" button. Why not think about something more valuable in your life? Whether or not you are willing to participate in this collective subconscious hell of pleasure looping is your own choice. If you really want to play, play it with friends. I am lonely, I don't have friends. Since I understand all these, I decide to quit.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
cc pls
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Me and my friends have played mapelstory since 2006 when hacking was a bit abundant. We've gone through thick and thin with this game and i even won my first major event item Nekomimi back then and i treasured it with all my heart. Sadly i can't say nexon treasured me at all even though i've spent quite a bit of money and give or take 7 years on it. One day I came back to my account with my items missing and my scrolled untradeable gear reset to 10 slots and basic stats. Personally i could've cared less about all my other items but my Nekomimi's were missing. I spent years collecting the few that Bellocan had in its server and treasured the pair i won for myself. So naturally i opened up a support claim asking if they could help get my Nekomimi's back. Almost 2 months went by up until i finally got a response asking if i checked all my characters .... which you know.... all of them being nekkid and the fact that i did check all my characters and their inventories and storage means it wasn't there. So i sent a reply saying that they weren't there and then the GM put a stamp on my claim saying it was solved and put me on my way. So there my characters sat being nekkid and all minus any untradeable gear locked to them. From that day forward i went and bought some NX and sent another ticket specifically for the Nekomimi's that were taken and the hacked account report and they didn't even bother looking at them. I sent about 3 more over the course of 2013 and gave up. I used the NX to get meso's and then try and find some more nekomimi's but being an item from 2006-2007 there were none for the weeks i spent in Free Market spamming buying Nekomimi's. Overall no matter how much you love the game the mods will show no love back.

Nexon destroyed drop rates when they did the big bang patch and changed the Exp tables to make leveling up easier. Nowdays you're expected to either use NX to get more gear, merchant, or craft some gear which isn't always possible seeing how the use of Nx to buy meso has sky rocketed free market prices making the crystals needed to craft a bit pricy. Party quests were basically dumbed down over the years. Ludibrium party quest was turned from a 30min+ quest into a 10min+ quest. Guild rankings were taken down for no apparent reason and guild quest was made useless because of it. Guild questing was used to get points to rank up your guild and had to be coordinated with the group with certain classes and skills were a must in order to finish. Some of the party quests were even taken down with the big bang revamp like ludibrium maze, Carnival party quest, and some others. Nexon now also guts any decent way to get exp from grinding or party quests. Most of the old party quests give crap rewards and crap exp. Grinding gives moderate exp and have very low drop rates. I've seen a good chunk of new players resort to begging because when doing certain party quests for levels they'll be booted because they don't have strong low level gear or the gear will be out of date and party leaders won't accept them into the party.
Nexon also has a habit of gutting any places you can grind for exp.

TL;DR
Nexon has slowly ruined maplestory over the past few years by making it short and sweet instead of a long savory flavor. Also nexon's customer support basically won't help you if you're hacked they'll pat you on the head and send you on your way.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
146.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Ø♥╬¶→╚! 漢字月意字 / 會意字假借字 转注字 / 轉注字 very good must buy and waste all ur money so u get a item for a month then u lose it and look like a homo
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I've been playing Maplestory since I started Middle School (I'm a second year at High School) and I know that because I'm young I can make a few biases, but Maplestory is not a super, terrible, never-play game. It's a game that's only likeable to people who can make an honest judgement after putting a good few to several hours into the game and get to the in-game point and not just be an ignorant angry reviewer that makes a judgement after the tutorial (seriously, why do people do that xD).

I will not lie, the game has it's pros and cons, some pros would be that the game is really fun to play with friends (especially for boss fights and Party Quests). There are a lot of unique quests, questlines (there is a difference xD), dungeons, and PQs (Party Quests) (These quests usually have stories that can be a little cliche, but, in my opinion, are still good). There is a vast amount of unique playable jobs (Somewhere around twenty to thirty). Each with a playstyle that fits almost any MMORPG player (I will admit, the jobs are really unbalanced but the game is 99% PvE so I tend to disregard that fact but it's out there)

Some cons I will name are what take people away from the game (they're both good and bad reasons). One con that really takes people away is long-leveling (Really, let's be honest, can you name an MMORPG (that's pretty popular) that has a fast leveling system that doesn't get you to max level within 100hrs of gameplay?). Another bothersome (even for me) con is the amount of grinding (Ok haters, you got me there, grinding is a pain, but it's as well popular in a lot of MMORPGs). The worst con that people can't stand (for some reason) is the game is pay-to-win (from the reviews I've read) (That is ridiculous, I've seen the cash shop before and everything I saw was purely cosmetic or gave purchasable currency for events for cosmedic items).

I know that this sounds pretty bias but a high majority of the things I've said are true, I've played the game for almost six years so I know what I'm talking about, I know this sounds a bit more like a rant but I'm just trying to convey the fact that this game is worth a try if it caught your interest, but I won't promise you'll like the game, but I'm sure it'll be worth the few to several hours you spend on the game. I hope you found my review/recommendation of Maplestory to be helpful or encouraging to you. I mean this game is free to play and you shouldn't spend real money on it if you're testing it's worth. Altogether I hope you enjoy your brief to everlasting Maplestory experience
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Increadibly addiciting, but sadly due to a recent update I no longer reccomend this game. My reasons are this:

Way back when, when the game was still new my sister showed me this game. I installed it and started to play. got to level 20 and had a bunch off goodies. Then something happened to where the game was unplayable. So I stopped playing.

Now then, the second time around I saw it on steam, Thinking back to the fun I did have with it, I decided to give it a shot. Got all the way to level 30 and have good enough gear and items, knocking out quests left and right. Till a recent update to where the game does not launch through steam anymore. It goes to a black screen then remains running in the background but does not play. Unacceptable in my book considering this game was made long ago. The bugs should have been ironed by now. Once I am able to get back in game and be able to play without fail, I will take this down. But for now I do not recommend MapleStory for Steam Users.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
181.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This game is crap why can't I stop playing it.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
338.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This game was great but now just no it took me hours just to go from Orbis to Victoria Isle! the classes are dumb and there are no good iteams until level 100 and why just way more problems but theres to many to say...
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
178.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
A wonderful, cute mmorpg that has been around for quite some time now. It started off simple and modest, but now has fallen into the hole of "Pay to win", that most free to play games tend to fall into. If you enter this game with friends, it's much more bearable, otherwise constant grinding won't bear much fruit unless, again, you spend a lot of money. Even though I feel like I know this game is bad, it's very addicting and I still like it. It's a love hate relationship.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
it's a very simple mmo, that those who pay to buy their nx cash , gain advatange
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
If the servers where ever ♥♥♥♥ing up I would actually try this game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Apparently my old account was banned, even though I only played DFO. Nexus never responded and I never got to play. ♥♥♥♥ty customer service.
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
It's a great game to play! If you like having your computer crashing and black screens of death. 1/2 a dagger out of 5
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
THIS GAME IS HORRIBLE! IT REALLY IS THE WORST GAME I HAVE EVER PLAYED! No matter what people say DONT PLAY THIS GAME. not only is this game absolute horse ♥♥♥♥ it is also 6.5GB.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
168.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Although tossing money at Nexon will help in this game, it's not necessarily a P2W game. I see it as more of a Pay-to-solo game. I see it as this because if you have a group of friends who all will play it and have teamwork and stuff (and get free stuff durring events) you will do ok in progressing and leveling up by questing and grinding (which both get VERY boring) well, probably up untill somewhere in the lvl 160+ area, where most people who are there have payed tons of moneys, and you feel seriously under-powered. You can either spend time or money, and still be constantly grinding.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
How maplestory went for me...
Installed game
created account
opened game
game auto filled email in with an adress I no longer use (and never used with nexon before)
would not let me change this email to anything else
Uninstalled after remembering that this game has paywalls that make the great wall of china look like a book fort.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
try again
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
IT IS HORRIBLE BECAUSE IT WON'T SEND EMAIL ACTIVATION AND IS SUPER LONG LOADING. I HHATE YOU NEXON
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