MapleStory Adventures

Common Sense Media says

Facebook RPG offers deep but repetitive gameplay.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like many RPGs, players are cast as heroes trying to fight off a great evil threatening the land. 

Positive role models

Quests involve helping the other characters, from finding special items for them to clearing areas of pests.

Ease of play

Although the game looks like a side-scrolling platformer, it's actually simple to control. Players just click on monsters and the character moves to it automatically. Battles are automatic as well.

Violence

Players kill a vast number of monsters for experience points and items; however, there's no blood or gore and monsters simply disappear when defeated.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Like most Facebook games, MapleStory Adventures is free to play but encourages players to purchase fancy loot and perks (such as pets) using real-world money. The Facebook game promotes the online game version called MapleStory.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor safety concerns: Players can see which of their friends are also playing the game at the same time. Players can take screenshot photos of their and their friends' avatars and post them to their Facebook wall.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that MapleStory Adventures is the Facebook spin-off of the online role-playing game MapleStory. Players with a MapleStory account can receive rewards for their MapleStory character by playing MapleStory Adventures too. The game can be addictive, and help from Facebook friends is required to complete certain quests. The game is free to play, but many of its exclusive perks and equipment must be purchased using Facebook Credits.

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What's it about?

With cute pixelated graphics and 2-D side-scrolling environments, MAPLESTORY ADVENTURES looks just like its MMORPG cousin. However, the controls have been streamlined. In the Facebook game, players simply click on monsters to defeat them (both movement and combat are automatic), levels are short with very little exploration involved, and there are no mini-games. After players have chosen a profession (Warrior or Magician), gameplay centers on completing quests to level up and earn money, which is spent on equipment and clothing, items, and spells. In terms of social interaction, players can hire Facebook friends to fight alongside for a few turns, and send and receive items that are required to complete certain quests.

Is it any good?

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MapleStory Adventures has impressive depth for a Facebook game, with hundreds of locations, quests, items, and characters to interact with. However, quests are highly repetitive, and typically involve rather mindless activities such as defeating 40 of a certain type of monster, or collecting 15 of a certain kind of item (which involves defeating even more monsters until enough of the items appear as random drops). Like most Facebook games, each action consumes energy until the player runs out of moves, which can either prevent kids from sinking too many hours into the game or simply compel them to purchase energy refills.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the concept of spending real money on any of the special in-game items or perks. How spectacular would an item have to be for you to spend real-world cash on it?

  • Do you like the microtransactions model? Would you rather pay a flat fee to "buy" the game and access all the items, or play for free and spend very small amounts on extras you really wanted?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nexon
Release date:July 27, 2011
Genre:Role Playing

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Teen, 13 years old Written byrobobot14 June 21, 2013
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One heck of an addictive game!

Anyone who is a player of the original MapleStory should know that this game holds a few differences from the real MMO. There is less activities, less areas, and less opportunities. Still, I gotta say, this game is quite entertaining! There are a wide variety of ways that you can jazz up your character, like wearing tomatoes! Many can enjoy this-if they have enough money, that is. This leads me to a downside of the game. Loads of items require money that'll take oodles of time to earn. You're in good shape if you have some facebook credits on ya. To get further into the game, it has some similaraties to Fate. The game does contain violence-but the monsters never bleed blood, they bleed coins, experience, and various items. You can upgrade your weapons at a cheap price when you visit your local sorcerer. Another trait of Fate it shares? The quests! However, the quests mostly center around, as explained above, killing monsters to earn items. Besides completing quests, you can complete recipes that whip up handy items! Overall, the bloodless violence makes me give this game a rating of 10+.
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