Tree of Savior is a free MMORPG developed by IMC Games and published by Nexon. If those names sound familiar, it’s for good reason. IMC Games developed the popular MMO Ragnarok Online (which happens to be quite similar to Maplestory as well). Nexon, of course, is the publisher behind Maplestory.
When you combine these two behemoths in the video game industry, you get Tree of Savior. The game was released in 2016, making it fairly modern in terms of MMOs. The game shares many commonalities with Maplestory: its graphics are a cute 2-2.5D anime style, there are various classes to choose from, you can upgrade your weapons and armor, and there are guilds/parties to make things fun!
If you’re dismayed by the game’s relatively low reviews – it has a 6/10 on Steam – just be aware many of the negative reviews are from the early days when the game did indeed suffer from various problems. However, the developers overhauled much of the game, including introducing a class system rework, new servers, faster leveling, and more.
Another benefit of Tree of Savior is it isn’t pay to win. Unless your sole focus is on maximizing your PvP potential, you can get very far as a free player, especially if you just want to mob. Definitely give Tree of Savior a try if you’re looking to scratch that Maplestory itch.
Dungeon Fighter Online is another Korean developed game, from Neople, which is a subsidiary of Nexon. It was released in 2005, but still has a fair amount of players even in 2020.
DFO is a multiplayer beat ’em up action RPG. It’s more of an arcade-type of game that happens to mix in RPG elements. That said, there are a lot of similarities to Maplestory. From the 2D character graphics to the loot farming and boss raids, there’s a ton to do in game. The game’s unique combat mechanics also make for good PvP, where it’s not just how good your character’s items are but also factors in your skill.
There are over 40 classes so there’s a lot of opportunity to play various roles. There’s even a crafting system! The biggest downside against the game is the endgame can entail a lot of grinding. That said, there isn’t a lot of pay to win concepts. You don’t need to invest a lot of time and money to start having fun.
Another MMORPG released by Nexon that many Maplestory players are sure to like is Mabinogi. The game is unique for deriving its name and setting from Welsh mythology.
What’s great about Mabinogi is its immersive storyline and social aspect. The community is one of the friendliest around in the gaming scene, who will go out of their way to help you out in game and out. There is no pressure to grind – you can take it wherever you want given the content is so open-ended.
There’s no level cap or class system, yet still enough content with open world exploration to keep you busy. Even though the game was released in 2004, there continue to be updates and new things introduced. You can be whatever you want in game, from a knight to martial artist to ninja to chef, and more – all on one account. The game’s vibrant and positive graphics are also sure to put you in a good mood.
If you’re looking for a premium MMORPG experience, FFXIV offers that. The game requires a monthly subscription, and for good reason. You’re paying for top tier graphics, an immersive storyline, and a ton of expansions that provide new dungeons, raids, and side quests. The game allows for a ton of character personalization and does an excellent job hand-holding you until you get how to play. It’s a beautiful game and definitely worth checking out if you have the means.
Eden Eternal is another MMORPG that features cute 3D anime style graphics. The game was released in 2010 from Aeria Games, which has produced titles such as Grand Fantasia, Shaiya, and Aura Kingdom.
The game’s playerbase isn’t as large as before, but there is still a hardcore base of players enjoying endgame content and PvP. Overall, Eden Eternal is great to play if you’re looking for a casual game.
If you’re looking for a game like Maplestory you can play directly in your browser, check out Lunaria Story. It’s a 2D side scroller just like Maplestory and has the same cartoon style graphics. The characters and monsters are cute, and there’s plenty of mobbing and questing. Since it is a browser-based game, though, don’t expect any hardcore game mechanics. It’s a decent game if you’re bored at work or school and looking to kill some time.
LaTale is a 2D sidescrolling MMORPG with graphics very similar to Maplestory’s. In addition to 10+ classes and 50+ job specialties, there are all of the other hallmarks of an RPG: bosses, raids, guilds, parties, and even PvP.
Soul Saver Online is another game similar to Maplestory. In fact, it’s so similar it was likely modeled off the game. However, the game is fairly inactive today – you’re probably better off playing MS itself or one of the other games on this list instead.
Elsword is a free to play side scrolling RPG. If you’re looking for fast-paced animation, skill based combat, PvP, and various character classes, Elsword should be right up your alley. The game features 13 different characters, each with their own unique backstory and skills to develop.
The game’s population isn’t as high as it used to be, so until level 80 or 90 it might be difficult to find people to run dungeons with. That said, there are regular events that can keep you busy and help you grind gear. High end dungeons also tend to require top tier amulets, which can get pretty expensive.
For those prioritizing combat in their games, Dragon Nest is perfect. The game is an action RPG that is known for its third-person perspective and lightning-fast combat scenes. It’s an excellent game to sit back and hack and slash to when you just want to spam a lot of buttons and kill enemies in awesome animated fashion.