Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
MapleStory Game Poster Image
Popular with kids
Cute online role-playing game can get pricey.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 41 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Like most MMORPGs, you are required to kill monsters to advance in this game, however, monsters just fall over and disappear. If your avatar gets killed, it's replaced by a "ghost shape."


There's open chat, but a strong language filter is available that can't be turned off.


This game is free to play, but monetizes by micro-transactions -- buying items and in-game cash with real money. These purchased items expire after 90 days and the cycle begins again.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) like this one, with their quick reward systems, can be very compelling. Players can be drawn into an online world and lose track of time while playing. Although rated by the ERSB for 10+, and originally designed for ages 6 and up, this game's End User License Agreement recommends 13+ with parental consent. This is mainly because, even though the cute factor is a draw for 6-year-olds, teens and up comprise most of the players and instances of bad behavior and language are always a risk of joining online communities. Although free to download and play, this game can get expensive: players can use real money to buy virtual items in the online mall or cash shop, and those items expire after 90 days -- at which point players are prompted to purchase them all over again.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTruthBeyond January 26, 2013

Not the best for kids or regular mmorpg players

Adult language are not block on there like you can still say words replacing it with numbers like s3x. This game doesn't teach your kids anything. People a... Continue reading
Adult Written byUwotm98 December 30, 2014

Worst game by far

Maple story. How bad can you get? Apart from the lame graphics and story lines, the community is just poor (literally). The game is a joke.

I mean, when you f... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old July 19, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written byDemenshunz June 21, 2011

Don't Trust the Filters ( And an overall Review )

I used to play this game. But as my parents began watching how this game is played and some of the language that appeared they grew unhappy. I loved this game a... Continue reading

What's it about?

MAPLESTORY is a 2-D, side-scrolling MMORPG that looks and feels like a \"platformer\" -- a type of video game where players have to get their characters onto platforms. Cute and colorful in an anime style, it's a game that's easy to get into and play. The entry is easy and the PC requirements are low. Like most MMORPGs, gameplay centers around exploring dungeons (maze-like environments) and killing monsters with swords or magic to earn gold -- called \"mesos.\"

Gameplay is simple as you move forward and backward with the arrow keys, jump with the Alt key, and perform combat with the Ctrl key. Aside from exploring dungeons and killing monsters, there are mini-games that are found in the game and on special quests. Most of the quests are of the \"Kill X creatures and bring me Y pelts\" variety. Mini-games can be played solo as well as multiplayer and include a tic-tac-toe variant, a matching cards memory game, rock-paper-scissors, and pachinko (a variant of pinball).

Is it any good?

Pets provide another layer of depth in this game, but must be bought from the cash or item shop with real money, and like any items purchased from the cash shop, they last only 90 days, whereupon the owner must buy a "water of life" and perform a quest to revive it. The cash shop also provides "fluff" avatar customization items and it's easy to get in a never-ending cycle of buying items with real cash. Platform gameplay can be very engaging and the large community a draw into this game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why games like these can be addictive. Parents can also discuss social etiquette online. What's OK and what's not? Have you ever noticed bad online behavior? What did you do about it? Also, how is teamwork an asset in this game?

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