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Maplestory: A Free 2D Side-Scrolling MMORPG
Maplestory is the most popular 2D MMORPG in the world. With millions of players still playing the game after 10 years, it remains as one of the most-played online games ever. It has immensely rich content, so players are always going to find something to do in the game.
Maplestory is one of the few games that I have played for more than a year. I left the game several times, but I always find myself coming back to it. The key ingredients to its success, in my opinion, are its simple combat system and its vast content. Nexon never fails to update the game with new classes and events, leaving the players with a lot of options to do with their time in-game.
10 Games Similar to Maplestory
Here are 10 games like Maplestory that may give you just as much enjoyment while you play.
- Dragon Saga
- Dungeon Fighter Online
- Soul Saver
- Trickster Online
- Lost Saga
- Elsword Online
- Grand Chase
1. Dragon Saga
Dragon Saga, previously known as Dragonica Online, looks like your typical side scrolling game at first, until you learn that it is actually 3D, giving you more freedom to move your character. It has rich content with four starting classes to choose from.
Those who are looking for a different gaming experience must really give Dragon Saga a try. It has an innovative combo system, making an otherwise dull combat feel awesome. You are not just going to mash your buttons endless; timing and skill are important to battle monsters and other players in PvP. You can also form parties with other players to complete instances.
Be sure to give Dragon Saga a good shot! This game is perfect for you if you like some fast-paced action!
2. Dungeon Fighter Online
Dungeon Fighter Online is a 2D action MMORPG with a somewhat classic feel to it. It will remind you of old school action arcade games with its fast-paced style of combat.
In Dungeon Fighter Online, you are going to find a lot to do and try out as the game offers many job classes with multiple advancements. There are also a variety of challenging quests awaiting to be accomplished. Numerous PvP options are also available for you to enjoy.
Although the retro graphics may not be very attractive at first, DFO is a game that is definitely worth checking out. You may eventually enjoy the old school feel of the game and enjoy its vast world.
3. Soul Saver
Soul Saver is a 2D side-scrolling MMORPG, previously released as Ghost Soul Online. The game takes place in a world where the souls of the dead continue to lurk as they are unable to depart into the afterlife.
Soul Saver will surely remind you of Maplestory, from its graphics to its style of play. It has a fast-paced gameplay where you can spam your skills while moving your character freely. You can easily grasp the controls fairly easily after playing the game a few times.
Start your journey in Soul Saver Online with these initial classes: Warrior, Assassin, Mage, Archer, and Fighter.
Lunia is a 2.5D MMORPG that will also remind you of arcade fighting games. What sets Lunia apart is that it has a stage-based gameplay instead of having an open world like other online games. Lunia also has very captivating music, which makes your playing time all the more enjoyable.
You can start out as a Knight, Healer, Wizard, Thief, Archer, or Paladin. As your character gets stronger, you can unlock powerful characters with more special abilities. The consistent game updates will also leave you with a lot to look out for while playing the game.
LaTale is a 2D side scrolling MMORPG with anime-inspired graphics. It boasts of a huge population of players, so you are always going to find someone to be with as you take on the exciting adventures LaTale offers.
One great feature of the game is its very detailed library of skills for each class. You will not be having a hard time figuring out the purpose of each skill, as you can easily read its detailed description with a single click. The game also offers a lot of fun quests.
You can begin your journey as a Warrior, Explorer, Knight, or Wizard.
6. Trickster Online
Trickster Online is a 2D fantasy MMORPG that anime lovers are going to love because of its cute, anime-inspired graphics. You can choose from 8 classes, and make your character stronger by upgrading up to 12 stats.
The game does not focus on PvP. You mainly focus on leveling up your character up to level 400. That may sound like a lot of grinding but with plenty of quests and its vast content, there are a lot of things to look forward to while playing. You can also enjoy some mini games if you need to take a break from leveling up.
NosTale is a fantasy MMORPG that also features anime-inspired graphics. You can choose from 3 classes, but the fun starts when you customize your characters with specialist cards and go on to play any of the 15 playable characters.
Aside from the usual grinding and finishing quests, you can also catch and train pets and decorate your homes. The quest system is also a great feature in NosTale as it puts a lot of emphasis on the story, which could captivate and inspire any player to finish it and do some more.
NosTale has an excitingly vivid gameplay so be sure to check this game out.
8. Lost Saga
Lost Saga is the epitome of fighting MMO. You are never going to be bored with its fast-paced combat, distinct game modes, and multiple classes to choose from.
Play through different game modes set in greatly designed arenas. There are over 100 playable characters, each boasting a unique set of skills and style of play. This alone is extremely refreshing, as you can play a character that you haven't played in any fighting MMO before. You have the option to play in solo campaigns or fight alongside others in exciting group matches.
If you are a true beat 'em up, hack and slash fan, Lost Saga is a game you should not dare to miss.
9. Elsword Online
Elsword is a 2D action MMORPG with an exciting combat system and an old school beat 'em up style. It has very nice and crisp graphics, and there are no dull moments in this action packed online game.
In Elsword, you can play with other players to clear stages and various co-op missions. You can also battle it out with other players in a thrilling PvP match, and see your name rise to the top in the games ranking system. You can earn equipments and accessory items to make your character stronger. There are also a lot of characters to choose from, so you'll surely find a job that best suits your style of play.
10. Grand Chase
If you are looking for a game that focuses on team play and co-op missions, Grand Chase is perfect for you. It is an action MMO side-scroller which offers players the chance to play different classes on the same account.
You start out in the lobby to look for other players to party up with. There are plenty of quests to finish, all with good rewards for your character. Only three classes are available initially, but you can unlock up to a total of 8 characters by finishing certain quests. The great thing about Grand Chase is that you can freely switch from one character to another.
Grand Chase is definitely worth checking out if you want to take other players with you on your exciting adventure.
Choose Your Favorite!
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