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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.
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."
"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.”

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Characters Lv.100 and up can enter the legendary Tower of Oz, which was built deep below the sea by Alicia, the Transcendent of Life, before the Black Mage could desecrate Maple World with his evil. Alicia built the Tower to protect innocent creatures from the Black Mage and created guardians to help aid her, each fashioned after characters from her favorite childhood story. But her magic was too strong and the guardians grew too powerful. Now they have gained control of the Tower, and it's up to you to help Alicia save her underwater sanctuary.

Players who enter the Tower of Oz will need to traverse up to 50 levels while completing tasks, such as hunting monsters, navigating jump quests, and more. Survive the Tower's trials to reach the bottom floor. Powerful bosses appear every 10 floors to halt your advance. If you want to continue, you'll need to defeat monstrous versions of the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and even Dorothy herself! Conquer up to 200 floors each day for a true challenge.

There are also new events! Collect fruit items that drop from monsters in order to make Legendary Fruit Juices and earn a Pink Beach Parasol Chair. Participate in the Knights of Virtue event and receive a powerful buff for hunting monsters. Check in each day to receive cool rewards!

About the 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

    • OS:Windows XP or higher
    • Processor:Pentium 4 or equivalent
    • Memory:1GB RAM
    • Graphics:Video Card with 128MB or higher
    • Hard Drive:At least 7GB of free space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Windows XP or higher
    • Processor:Pentium Dual Core or equivalent
    • Memory:1GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce FX5000 / ATI Radeon 9600 or higher (any video card with Shader model 2.0 or higher)
    • Hard Drive:At least 7GB of free space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
80 of 93 people (86%) found this review helpful
43 products in account
38 reviews
0.4 hrs on record
I have no idea if Steam will say at all if I've played Maplestory but I promise you all I have put a lot of time into this game and absolutely loved every minute. Unfortunately Maplestory just became completely uninteresting since I've tried to relive it. And it makes me really sad. Maplestory originally had the classes we all see in every MMO (no matter how hard other MMO's try to make it different) and of course also like every MMO it started off simple. One big difference of course was the fact that it was a 2D sidescrolling MMOPRG and it's done so beautifully. You can make different faces at people depending on how you feel which was really fun before the cliche "lol" and "lmao" texts we all now universally know. Getting weapons was also a little more unique since most MMO's just milk weapons. Now a lot of MMORPG's have bows with unlimited arrows and guns with unlimited bullets. Maplestory made you buy arrows and throwing stars/shuriken if you wanted to be a ranged class. And Mesos (Maplestory currency) was hard to come by at low levels making it even more challenging since you had to actually ask for money from time to time.

When I originally loved this amazing piece of gaming art you had to use a taxi to get to different cities (which you still do at least) and use flying boats to get to different continents. This was a huge deal because it allowed you to just settle down for a short time and actually talk to people; and listen to music along the way. Now this is not the case. There were no overpowered and annoyingly voice acted 'Hero' classes that literally kill everything in their paths with ease. You really had to work to get more powerful back then and you also needed to manually know what your stats needed to be for your class. Maplestory added more powerful classes over time but they were never 'Hero' status. Yes they got more powerful due to their unique skills compared to the default classes; however you still needed to start off as a default class and work your way into the more unique class you selected and leveling was still just as hard for you as the rest.

The music is still the same Maplestory anime music I know and love. I just wish it could be heard with the game I knew and loved. For all you new players out there reading this review it'll mean close to nothing probably. To shorten what I just said: Maplestory used to be a surprisingly vast game filled with lots of social opportunity and hours upon hours of questing and leveling. It's a shell of its former self now. This does not mean I say it's a bad game. It's still good and worth the try. But unfortunately you have missed the golden age that was Maplestory. It's all milked down and I can't recommend it in its state now. What used to take a couple weeks to a month takes less than a day now. Bosses that originally required a full team can easily be defeated solo and the monsters that were originally intimidating and powerful are powerless. The challenge is gone. I will miss you Maplestory.
Posted: May 20th, 2014
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101 of 144 people (70%) found this review helpful
71 products in account
32 reviews
35.9 hrs on record
Find fork taped to stick
kill snails
become the most skilled hunter in exsitance
Posted: March 18th, 2014
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75 of 108 people (69%) found this review helpful
555 products in account
1 review
58.3 hrs on record
The Koreans have taken me

Please send help
Posted: May 3rd, 2014
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52 of 77 people (68%) found this review helpful
39 products in account
5 reviews
177.3 hrs on record
I've been playing this game for 8 years now, it ruined my life.
Highly suggested.
Posted: March 7th, 2014
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101 of 163 people (62%) found this review helpful
200 products in account
3 reviews
37.9 hrs on record
This game...

Thousands of hours into this game, and I highly do not recommend it. Only very few hours were recorded because I always played through the launcher and not Steam. Anyways;...
Either one of two things will happen:

1) You won't like this game, and quit playing after like 10 hours tops.
2) You'll really enjoy this game for the first 5,000 hours, then realize you wasted a couple years playing one of the worst MMO's out there.

I enjoyed this game when I was a kid, quit playing it for a year, came back to it, quit playing, and so on. This game is one of those "Pay-to-win" games, where everything is based off how much money you feel like dumping into this game. And that right there, is what makes it so successful.
It's a nice game, yeah, but not worth the time and money you'll put into it. After a couple hundred bucks put into cosmetics, "damage", any stupid ♥♥♥♥ there is, you then ask yourself what you're doing.

"Well, it's not a waste if you enjoy playing the game!" I suppose so. That's what I said at first, but hey. It's your money, your feel to the game. I would recommend this game if it wasn't such an addictive pay-to-win game.

The Pro's:
+Enjoyable classes to play as
+Countless different styles of gameplay
+Endless outfits, equips, weapons, etc.
+Kind(ish) community (Average MMO)
+It's a good time-waster
+Free world, do whatever you want
+Cute graphics, nice way to express yourself

The Con's:
+Hundreds if not thousands of hours will be put into it
+Pay-to-win game
+Starts to get boring after a couple months
+Too many restrictions (Treated as 10 year olds)
+Terrible storylines, only thing that matters is levels
+Grinding levels takes hours upon hours spamming the same buttons
+Lots of hackers, scammers, spammers, botters, etc.
+Above all, waste of time.

I recommend not even trying it out, and just leaving it there. You'll end up hating it one way or another. My opinion, is that yes, it was a great game growing up, but wasted many hours of my childhood while growing up. And money. And money.

Gameplay: 5/10
Free world: 7/10
Style: 5.5/10
Graphics: 6/10
Addictiveness: 11/10

Overall: 6/10
Posted: February 2nd, 2014
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369 of 447 people (83%) found this review helpful
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1 review
598.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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