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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."
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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The heroes of Sword Art Online have appeared in Maple World—join them as they brave a new dungeon and fight the monsters that protect it. Characters Lv.13 and up can enter the new SAO-themed dungeon using SAO Coins, which can be purchased from the Cash Shop. You can access the SAO Dungeon once a day without using SAO Coins. Speak to Kirito in the Event Hall to move to the dungeon entrance.

When you step through the portal and enter the SAO Dungeon, you will randomly transform into Kirito, Asuna, or Leafa, and will be able to fight using their skills. Utilize abilities such as The Eclipse, which allows Kirito to attack enemies in all directions with his dual blades, or Star Splash, which allows Asuna to slice foes at the speed of light.

Defeat all the monsters on each floor to progress. As you venture deeper inside the dungeon, you will randomly encounter bosses from Sword Art Online, including The Gleam Eyes, The Skull Reaper and The Fatal Scythe. Defeat a boss and you'll find Asuna waiting for you in a special room. She'll reward you with a random item, such as a cape, potions and much more! Our new dungeon isn't the only way to experience Sword Art Online— for a limited time, you can dress up like Kirito, Asuna, Leafa and even Yui, with special items available in the Cash Shop.

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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
207 of 251 people (82%) found this review helpful
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 20
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147 of 214 people (69%) found this review helpful
58.3 hrs on record
The Koreans have taken me

Please send help
Posted: May 3
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70 of 95 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
This game is all about 12 year old kids getting married using their parents credit card.
Posted: July 2
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
185.4 hrs on record
Hero! Please kill these 1600 mobs!
Posted: June 4
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34 of 55 people (62%) found this review helpful
785.1 hrs on record
Don't do drugs.
Posted: June 24
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439 of 536 people (82%) found this review helpful
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 25, 2013
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