MapleStory is a 2D MMORPG developed by South Korean company Wizet which has well over 100 million subscribers across the world. The MMO itself is completely free to play, and is monetized by selling various customizations and enhancements from an in-game shop purchasable with real money or gift cards which are even sold at Wal-Mart. MapleStory works like most MMORPG's where you fight monsters, earn experience, and otherwise develop your character while chatting, trading, and forming guilds with other players. Unfortunately, the social aspect is missing in the single player iPhone game, but otherwise the gameplay (or as much gameplay as I'm familiar when I had dabbled in MapleStory) seems intact.

On-screen controls move your little dude around and handle all the other functions in the game. There are two playable classes, both the thief and assassin with over 70 different pieces of swag to outfit yourself with. The graphics look like they're straight out of the original game, and in the brief time I've spent with it, it seems like there is tons to do with all kinds of quests to complete.

The appeal of MapleStory for me was always the sheer scale of the game world with tons of players, and Thief Edition just feels lonely in comparison without the constant chatter of other players in the game world. The game does play well enough with virtual controls, and I really hope that Nexon Mobile is just using MapleStory: Thief Edition to test the waters of the App Store before releasing a full MapleStory client because how awesome would that be.

  • Chris

    Why is there weed on the cover?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Man, if you think that's weed, you've never seen real weed (or the Canadian flag, for that matter).

    • Davidd

      Its not a Weed Leaf but a Maple Leaf. Since the game is called "Maple" Story they use a Maple Leaf.
      Like squarezero if you think its a weed lead I want to know what your first encounter with the Canadian Flag would be like.

      • http://soiled.com Gload

        Look at the flag again. This NOTHING like what's on the Candaian Flag except that it's red and a plant but definitely more of a marijuana design.

      • http://soiled.com Gload

        Google maple leaf then google weed. This looks more like weed. Looks nothing like the flag's leaf.

      • Birthday Boy

        It doesn't look identical to a weed leaf, but it definetly looks closer to one than a maple leaf

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Here's what a maple leaf look like:

        http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-4428878-maple-leaf.php

        Here's what a marijuana leaf looks like:

        http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-9852728-hemp-leaf.php

        Any questions?

  • Chris

    Why is there weed on the cover?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Man, if you think that's weed, you've never seen real weed (or the Canadian flag, for that matter).

    • Davidd

      Its not a Weed Leaf but a Maple Leaf. Since the game is called "Maple" Story they use a Maple Leaf.
      Like squarezero if you think its a weed lead I want to know what your first encounter with the Canadian Flag would be like.

      • http://soiled.com Gload

        Look at the flag again. This NOTHING like what's on the Candaian Flag except that it's red and a plant but definitely more of a marijuana design.

      • http://soiled.com Gload

        Google maple leaf then google weed. This looks more like weed. Looks nothing like the flag's leaf.

      • Nkld96

        bs dude bs

      • Nkld96

        i did and they look similar but ONE IS RED if you arent color blind you could tell the difference

      • Guest1

        Sir, that is a Japanese maple leaf. They look like weed yes. But not the same as a Canadian maple.

      • Birthday Boy

        It doesn't look identical to a weed leaf, but it definetly looks closer to one than a maple leaf

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Here's what a maple leaf look like:

        http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-4428878-maple-leaf.php

        Here's what a marijuana leaf looks like:

        http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-9852728-hemp-leaf.php

        Any questions?

  • Slapshot

    You gotta be shitting me

  • Slapshot

    You gotta be shitting me

  • Kelly

    Oh ms...

  • Froob

    WOOT! This is awesome!

  • Kelly

    Oh ms...

  • Froob

    WOOT! This is awesome!

  • Shadowsfall

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    • Drag

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    • psyc

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  • Shadowsfall

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    • Drag

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    • psyc

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  • daniel

    i wish theyd bring maplestory to mac... but thats neither here nor there.

    looks good, Imma keep an eye on it cause $5 is a lil too much for me

    • psyc

      LOL @ Macs. If you want to play it so bad use Bootcamp.

  • daniel

    i wish theyd bring maplestory to mac... but thats neither here nor there.

    looks good, Imma keep an eye on it cause $5 is a lil too much for me

    • psyc

      LOL @ Macs. If you want to play it so bad use Bootcamp.

  • Jast

    Not really worth the play

  • Jast

    Not really worth the play

  • GDawg

    Omg...all 6 subscribers to MS will be shocked.

    • BTA

      Your joke might actually be somewhat funny if MS wasn't F2P...

  • GDawg

    Omg...all 6 subscribers to MS will be shocked.

    • BTA

      Your joke might actually be somewhat funny if MS wasn't F2P...

  • Seemarz

    blehh, this is just a crappy platformer thing with a MS skin..
    Bringing a real MS client to the iphone would be kaotic but amazing

  • Seemarz

    blehh, this is just a crappy platformer thing with a MS skin..
    Bringing a real MS client to the iphone would be kaotic but amazing

  • HumChwayChway

    I have quitted MapleStory for more than two years now. I have a lvl 16X Bowmaster. I was so addicted to the game that I spent a bomb on it. In the end, I had to uninstall the game from my PC to stop myself from the addiction. And it works lol.

    I always love the Henesys and El Nath music. Just downloaded it and this is going to be my most played game from now.

  • HumChwayChway

    I have quitted MapleStory for more than two years now. I have a lvl 16X Bowmaster. I was so addicted to the game that I spent a bomb on it. In the end, I had to uninstall the game from my PC to stop myself from the addiction. And it works lol.

    I always love the Henesys and El Nath music. Just downloaded it and this is going to be my most played game from now.

  • HeartHug

    YouTube - MapleStory: Thief Edition for iPhone/iPod Touch - App Review and Gameplay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyfG9DCmehk

  • HeartHug

    YouTube - MapleStory: Thief Edition for iPhone/iPod Touch - App Review and Gameplay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyfG9DCmehk

  • Soupbandit

    Wow this is a peice of shit. Wasted $5, at least maplestory ds was good. Anyways all this did was remind me to play maplestory. This isn't a real game nexon made but more of a reminder for people who quit like me to go back to the game and waste more money on nx. And it works...

  • Soupbandit

    Wow this is a peice of shit. Wasted $5, at least maplestory ds was good. Anyways all this did was remind me to play maplestory. This isn't a real game nexon made but more of a reminder for people who quit like me to go back to the game and waste more money on nx. And it works...

  • chrisss

    If a full MS client came to iPod Touch, I'd be so on that. To be honest, I don't really like the game that much (less fun, more grinding than most), but I wouldn't mind sitting in bed or on the couch playing this.

    Devs could make a lot of money off of teenage addicts with iPhones... Playing MS through 3G

    • Shadowsfall

      Exactly, sitting on the computer for hours isn't really fun :P... Cross-platforming however would be extremely useful, when you want to sit on your couch, bus, or your bed :D

  • chrisss

    If a full MS client came to iPod Touch, I'd be so on that. To be honest, I don't really like the game that much (less fun, more grinding than most), but I wouldn't mind sitting in bed or on the couch playing this.

    Devs could make a lot of money off of teenage addicts with iPhones... Playing MS through 3G

    • Shadowsfall

      Exactly, sitting on the computer for hours isn't really fun :P... Cross-platforming however would be extremely useful, when you want to sit on your couch, bus, or your bed :D

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  • MapleStoryIsFor*****

    MS is alrgiht but now an iphone app.... YOU HAVE GOT TO BE SERIOUSE...... LOL cant w8 2 play it its probably b as shit as the game

  • MapleStoryIsFor*****

    MS is alrgiht but now an iphone app.... YOU HAVE GOT TO BE SERIOUSE...... LOL cant w8 2 play it its probably b as shit as the game

  • MapleStoryIsFor*****

    LOL changed my mind the APP is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WELL NOT THAT GOOD... BUT ITS ALRIGHT

  • MapleStoryIsFor*****

    LOL changed my mind the APP is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WELL NOT THAT GOOD... BUT ITS ALRIGHT

  • Gia

    How come you can only play as a male? :(

  • Gia

    How come you can only play as a male? :(