Unlike the typical 3D MMORPG, MapleStory takes a console-like approach using 2D, side-scrolling graphics. Yet, despite its visual simplicity, MapleStory has over 100 million user accounts (both subscriber and free members) worldwide. It also offers many of the features shared with its 3D counterparts, including character leveling, a quest system, trading, chatting, and grouping together into a party of adventurers.
Players can join guilds, participate in marriages, and even pop a squat to do a little fishing, although they don't take on classes (jobs) before reaching level 10 (unless they want to become a magician, which qualifies at level eight). Thanks to its overall design, MapleStory doesn't require hefty hardware, with recommended settings in the range of a Pentium 4 at 1.8 GHz, 256 MB of RAM, an unspecified GPU, and 3 GB of free HDD space.
MapleStory is free to download and play, and player microtransactions serve as the source of revenue for the developers.