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Cute online role-playing game can get pricey.
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Positive messages
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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."

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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
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Release date:October 18, 2005
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:E10+

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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 first start the game, It isn't too bad, you make friends and play the game, but then, after a while, you feel like you need to actually PLAY the game-the game that Nexon deliberately set up which involves 2 main things. 1: Your time 2: Your Money. I'm telling you, you'll spend $$ on this game after you actually "get into" the game, and if you have children that play this game, there will be a high chance they'll get addicted to it and steal your money for their "virtual premium currency" known as "nexon cash" or "nx" Then this will continue to loop until you spend so much money it's just ridiculous, but of course this doesn't apply to everyone but most players have experienced this. Overall I would rate this game "maplestory"1/5. Such a waste of time, Don't Bother.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
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 and not to the point of addiction. Marriage is available in this game but it is only available through money payment of nexon cash. Should you let your child play this game, warn them about sexual predators. No joke. There are TONS of them lurking about on this game. Most naughty language is allowed through the filters. Numbers, email adresses, names, cell phone numbers, race, age,ect. Is all allowed through the filters. On a lighter note, your children may form lasting friendships, develop teamwork skills, and most of all. Patience. While doing quests for either your job masters or to earn Exp ( Experience points ) they may be long and mountainous and any drops from monsters will not always drop when you want them to! I'd say from an innocent child's perspective. It's good. But for a parents perspective? Not so much. Overall it is the parent's call and in my personal opinion it is best to simply tell your child what behavior is acceptable. They will be exposed to this stuff eventually, you know. OH! I almost forgot. One of the maps is a bar. But you cannot buy alcohol or anything. The refrence is there. Product placement is inevitable. Most of the players will spend money on the products. So let your child know ahead of time " If you see any fancy items and you look in the cash shop, they are off limits because they cost real world money " - Ex-Player And Responsible Teen.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Parent 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 are often greedy. You hit monsters all day to get stronger. You can also waste 5x the cash of a normal monthly paying game to also get stronger. Nexon worries only about money into their game. They are a company not your babysitter. GM's in Nexon serves no purpose unless it's some kind of paypal or payment problem.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns


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