MapleStory is a free, two-dimensional, side-scrolling Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game developed by Wizet and distributed as several versions by various companies. The game takes place mainly in the "Maple World", where players must fight against monsters while completing quests. As in a typical online game, players can mold their characters to their liking by increasing their abilities and skills. Interactions between users are encouraged in a variety of ways, including chatting, trading, marriage and playing mini-games.

Though the game is free to play, players may purchase various enhancements and upgrades in the Cash Shop using real money converted into the in-game currency.


The controls of the game utilise the keyboard and the mouse. The keyboard is used mainly for combating skills and opening lists that are crucial to make use of during the gameplay, one can choose to keep or change the default key configuration to suit their own needs. The mouse is mainly used for triggering quests from NPCs and moving of items in their inventories.


Main article: Classes

All players start their journey at their respective tutorial areas after creating their characters. There are many different choices when making a character. One can choose between the basic archetypes. Depending on what type of character one picks, one will start at different places with different tutorials.


In the tutorial stage of the game, one will learn about stats, monsters, skills, and most importantly, how to play the game. Levelling up at the start of the gameplay will be easy with the beginner quests, but as the player's level gets higher, the difficulty of the game increases and the player may experience events such as death that will cause a loss in experience that will delay one's speed to level up.

Players can chat with others, trade, hang out, and much more. There are also Party Quests where players can play in a group, or "party". At level 35, players can learn Professions to extract resources and craft items.


  • Meso is the main currency of the game. Mesos are dropped by monsters and can also be obtained through quests. Players may also gain mesos by selling to shops within the game, or to other players in the game who willing to buy what they have to offer.
  • Character Statistics (stats) is the build of a character, and determines how powerful or weak a character is.
  • Quests are tasks that players are able to perform for non-player characters, or NPCs, in exchange for a reward. There are many quests available to players, each having certain requirements that a player must meet before being able to start the said quest.
  • Party Quests are quests that only allow a group of players in a party to complete them. This is a great way to make new friends and escape from quest grinding or training. Party Quests usually offer large amounts of experience points or useful Equipment to the players.
  • Monsters are the natural inhabitants of the Maple World. Players have to kill them to gain experience to level up, complete quests, collect items, or obtain mesos.
  • Cash Shop is a store that allows users to buy items with cash. These items do not need to be purchased in order to play the game. However, some might want to buy the items to enhance their gaming experience.
  • Auction House is introduced in the RED update. It allows players to auction off their items for mesos.



Director                    Wonki Kang (강원기, Wonki Kang Gang(Kang) Won-gi) (2015 ~)
                            (the basis of Wonky the Fairy, source)
Lead Game design            Hyoungseon Kim
Game designer               Hoon Lee
                            Kyoungsu Kwak
                            Sungjea Lee
                            Hyejin Jeong
Lead Programmer             Kion Kim
Programmer                  Junsik Choi
                            Seunghyun Yang
                            Junki Kwon
                            Yesik Wang
                            Youngjin Choi
                            Yeon Park
                            Hanming Jung
Art Director                Yosoon Jang (장요순, Jang Yosun)
                            (the basis of Seotbeo (섯버, Moorhsum), source)
Lead Graphic Designer       Hyeyoung Shin
                            Kiyeop Chung
                            Kihee Chang
Cutscene Designer           Eunah Jang
Game Art                    Jayoung Kim
                            Seunghyeon Shin
                            Seunguk Kang
                            Sunmi Lee
                            Jihyun Song
                            Haekeung Kwon
                            Hyojin Eom
                            Otsuka Maiko
                            Kato Saori
                            Sakaguchi Yuki
Coordinator                 Inkyoung Cho
Business & Marketing        Youngmi Min
                            Hyojin Kim
                            Hayoung Ryu
Lead QA                     Susung Ko
                            Jangho Jeong
Licensing Manager           Jungah Kim
                            Yoojin Oh
Game Operating Manager      Nakanishi Keita
Game Operator               Itoi Shiori
                            Koshiishi Eri
                            Yumiko Shimazu
                            Maeyama Hiroki
                            Fugita Naoko
Localization                Jiyoun Lee
Marketter                   Nei Nishino
Web planner                 Kawamura Shunsuke
Producer                    Heeyoung Lee

Lead System Engineer        Junyoup Kim
System Engineer             Bonghoon Jung
                            Marvin Hwang
                            Yongcheol Shin
                            Cholwoo Koh
                            Sangyun Lee
                            Seunghee Chae
Lead Contents Developer     Yikwon Hwang
Contents Developer          Jiwon Kim
                            Jaehyuk Jin
                            Sunghoon Kim
                            Hyundong Kim
                            Hyukun Kwon
                            Sangmin Lim
                            Eunpyo Hong
                            Siheon Kim
                            Yool Seong
                            Cherjae Moon
                            Hongbum Yoon
Lead Game Promotion         Minkyung Lim
Game Promotion              Nayeon Gong
                            Sangjin Park
Lead Graphic Designer       Kwanghyun Lim (임광현, Im(Lim) Gwang-hyeon)
                            (the basis of Mr. Lim and Dr. Lim, source)
Senior Graphic Designer     Yousuk Oh
                            Kyoseong Koo (구교성, Gu (Koo) Gyoseong)
                            (the basis of Wave, source, interview)
                            Soyeon Mun
                            Jychul Shin
Graphic Designer            Seunghu Jo
                            Jinwon Hong
                            Keeyoung Park
                            Kyoungmin Lee
                            Sangho Park
                            Minkyu Lee
                            Dooyoung An
                            Minho Jang
                            Minhee Joo
                            Sunju Park
                            Kyunghe Lee
                            Jisung Han
                            Jihyoun Oh
                            Junhak Kim
                            Juyoung Lee
                            Youngsoo Moon
                            Jisoo You
Lead Game Designer          Sejun Go
Game Designer               Yong Shin
                            Minhee Choi
                            Kyounghee Yoo
                            Eungrai Kim
                            Jinee Oh
                            Okhyun Ko
                            Miso Lee
                            Yohan Son
                            Junhoe Kim
                            Jaekeun Shim
                            Jinhoon Lee
Game Developer &            Seungchan Lee (이승찬, I(Lee/Yi) Seung-chan) (2003 ~ 2006)
Former Director             
Former Director             Eundo Chae (채은도, Chae Eun-do) (2006 ~ 2009)
Former Director             Daehyun Kang (강대현, Gang(Kang) Dae-hyeon) (2009)
                            (the basis of Gaga, source)
Former Director & Producer  Hanbyeol Oh (오한별, O Han-byeol) (2010 ~ 2011?)
                            (the basis of Inkwell (MSEA: Inkstone), source)
Former Director             Sejun Ko (고세준, Go(Ko) Se-jun) (2013 ~ 2014)
Former Director             Sunyoung Hwang (황선영, Hwang Seon-yeong) (2014 ~ 2015)
                           (LinkedIn, Wikipedia, Namuwiki, a.k.a. SY, the basis of Coordinator)
GMS (2018)
Overseas Service Director   Jungil Bae (배정일, Bae Jeong-il)
GMS Director                Anna Lee
GMS Product Manager         Dennis Bernardo
Producer & serving as       Young Chu

External links

Official game websites


  1. This gateway is supposed to serve players who have an active NAVER account, so they won't have to open Nexon Korea account to play. Also, it is currently the only legitimate way for foreigners to create a new account for KMS outside Korea.