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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (2,073 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 9, 2012

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April 30

Black Heaven: Final Chapter Has Arrived!

Get ready for the final chapter of the Black Heaven saga!

Take on Gelimer and Lotus in the epic finale to the Black Heaven content! Then show you've got rhythm with a new Star Planet mini-game. Finally, celebrate Earth Day with spring events! All this and more will be available in the Black Heaven: Final Chapter update.

Black Heaven - Acts 5 and 6

The final chapter of Black Heaven is almost upon us! Venture deep into the giant airship Black Heaven as you get closer to the core-only to come face to face with Gelimer and Lotus! You'll have to defeat Lotus to ultimately stop Gelimer's evil plan and save Maple World.

Lotus Boss

Once you clear all six Acts of Black Heaven, players Lv. 190 and above can open the Boss Matchmaking List window and go head-to-head with Lotus. Look out! Lotus has three stages, and you'll need to move fast to avoid his spinning lasers, energy bombs, and spawning androids.

Star Step

A new mini-game is coming to Star Planet! Grab your friends and try out Star Step! Tap the correct directional keys as they appear on the screen to move up through the steps. Each step will get a little harder. Do your best and earn Star Points and Reward Points!

Spring Events

Enjoy the warm spring weather! Hunt the Golden Dream Pig that appears in certain maps to receive a belt and random scrolls for it. Show Earth how much you care by collecting trash during the Earth Day attendance event. You'll be able to earn daily rewards and a Maple World Chair!

View the full patch notes here:

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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

Black Heaven: Final Chapter



Get ready for the final chapter of the Black Heaven saga! Take on Gelimer and Lotus in the epic finale to the Black Heaven content! Then show you've got rhythm with a new Star Planet mini-game. Finally, celebrate Earth Day with spring events! All this and more will be available in the Black Heaven: Final Chapter update.

For more information on Black Heaven: First Chapter visit:
http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/updates/update-highlights/00IRY/v-161-black-heaven-final-chapter-update-highlights

For see the detailed patch notes visit:
http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/updates/update-notes/00ISM/v-161-black-heaven-final-chapter-update-notes

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
Helpful customer reviews
318 of 397 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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43 of 50 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1,323.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
I've played this game since 2008.
After the Big Bang update, the game was ok, but you could tell it was slowly turning into a P2W game.
Not that.. It wasn't already before, but it just became more "necessary".
The community after that dropped, so you'll often find more ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s than nice people, unless
You're terribbly lucky.
IMHO, horrible game, don't play it. Save yourself.

I still play it somewhat, and it's like a drug I can't run from. ; - ;
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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Only the originals know that this game is truly dead. Played this game since beta it will never be the same :'(
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75 of 114 people (66%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
84.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
It's like Masturbating with sandpaper while pouring bleach down your urethra. 10/10
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65 of 97 people (67%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
120.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
please kill me
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56 of 83 people (67%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Socialize with 12 year olds in your favorite kawaii middle school simulator
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
61.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
USed to be good, before the big bang. Now its extremely easy and extremely pay to win, + the social aspect is 99% gone.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
121.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
This game was awesome when I was using my parents money.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
846.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
I've been a loyal player of this game for the past eight years (I started back in the Summer of 2006), and despite Nexon's blatant destruction of the game with limited customer support and not giving a ♥♥♥♥ about their playerbase...I can somehow still enjoy this game. As of recent, I mainly stick around because, yes, the game is QUITE fun if you find your little clique of friends, and because somehow, I enjoy the story of Maple's heroes fighting against the Black Mage. A few of the Hero classes have one hell of a backstory to them, and despite clunky, unfair gameplay mechanics, I like it. Yes, I'm aware Nexon couldn't give a ♥♥♥♥ about how their players feel, and yes, they break the game continuously while providing "patch updates" to cover up their intentional ♥♥♥♥-ups.

Long story short? Nah, can't really recommend it to anybody. Am I going to keep playing it? Probably; waiting to watch it burn is more like it. I can equate my experiences to sitting with a group of friends, enjoying their marshmallows around a campfire, when suddenly, a wild sasquatch arrives behind you and tosses someone into the flames. The question is: who will be next?
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
It's like cancer. You get treated for it but then it creeps back to you slowly. Also expensive.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
839.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
I was going to buy a car...
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
187.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
MapleStory is that one game you're probably never going to find another game of its calibre. It has that feel of nostalgia even though a person is new to game. Attractive art styles that are pixelated but still look cartoony and cute all together draw people in this game.

Maple was in its prime long back when generation X was around 8 years old. Challenging leveling, but suprisingly a sense of euphoria once you hit level 50, which took alot of time and dedication. No one was hitting capped damage, since 1k was basically awesome damage.

But enough about old times; Maple has changed. Alot of people are saying that it changed for the worse, but don't really consider EVERYTHING. Of course its bad, but it has 2 main reasons why its still good, if you remove all the bad ones.

Of course Maple will never be as good as it WAS back then; it evolves for newer audience because they know the older audience will eventually quit. They succeeded, because there is way more people than there was back then. Easier leveling calls for less frustration, although since Nexon doesn't know how to keep its composition, they failed to make leveling harder in the past updates. Nexon creates even more cute stuff to attract other audiences who like social games and being on their best wardrobe, all for real money.

Nexon did milk this game to its bare bone, but remember that you don't always have to fall into the bandwagon of cute stuff and cubing. Its possible to get all this stuff with enough time. Even though I present this, this is an Instant Gradification Era; no one likes wasting alot of time and want stuff INSTANTLY. This creates the Pay2Win sense that people throw around maple. Its also not so easy to just never spend money on this game, since the community loves having a superiority complex, your tempted to buy not to look like trash basically.

Don't play this game if you dont like being tempted to ever pay for a Free to Play game. Its not worth it in the end, because they will make schemes to draw more and more money. Although this is true, remember that this game, when stripped to just the gameplay, is irreplacable. Its fun to finally get want you want, whether it be 250, or that overpowered item, or just to meet the good people in a hacker community.
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35 of 56 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
nuck fexon
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Nexon
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Terrible customer support. Its like they tryin ta be donkey kong country 2, but they ♥♥♥♥ on the game, clogged the toilet with it, and decided, Oh hey its good enough, and released it to the public.

WHen I started playing the game, I couldn't be an animorph. I had to settle with beast tamer instead, but it sucked. The intro was too ♥♥♥♥ing long, and even after I took a dump for about an hour, it was still in the same cutscene. It was trying to be like, inuyasha or some ♥♥♥♥.

This game sucked. I would give it to my cousin the day I decided it should be his last, so He could die from the amount of money you have to pay to play this game.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
167.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
>Bought Nexon Credits (Karma Coin what ever you wanna call it these days)
>got to level 130
>quit
>joined again, got more nx
>got bored really fast
>cried about all the money that I had spent and fapped in the corner til I felt better
>started playing again...
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
This game was fun when I was a teenager. The gameplay is easy and the lvling system is simple. If you like repetative quests than, this is the game for you. I personally got board quickly and lost interest. Not worth the download.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Couldn't kill orange mushroom, Uninstalled
10/10
Best game in life
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
131.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
A very huge far cry from what it once was around a decade ago, and not in a good way.

I'll still play it for nostalgic value and you might too, but otherwise, you should stay away from Nexon's primary cash cow.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
131.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Tried to log in 20 times throughout the span of a day, all of which failing. 10/10 ~IGN
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