MapleStory M’s First CBT!
Nexon Korea has released a new mobile app, titled MapleStory M! It’s sort of like a watered down version of the actual game I guess, but if you want to play MapleStory on the go, then this app is for you.
Currently, MapleStory M is Android-only and is available on the play store. This is the first CBT and it is open to everyone from January 28 to February 1.
You don’t actually need an account or code or anything, so if you can get ahold of the .apk file, you can play!
In MapleStory M, you start as an Adventurer and can advance into one of five jobs: Dark Knight, Bowmaster, Night Lord, Bishop, and Captain.
They also added something special called Elite Dungeons, which I guess are just a themed set of maps for you to go through.
Of course, what’s MapleStory without the customization? You can change your hair and eyes and buy a variety of decorative equipment in the Cash Shop.
I played it for a bit so I could show you guys! Here’s the server selection screen, there’s only one so far: Bera.
The character selection screen is very similar to regular MapleStory. You can have 5 characters at first and then you can purchase more.
When you create a character, you have to choose one of the five Adventurers and then you can choose your skin colour/hair/face/overall. The weirdest thing is I don’t think they even keep track of gender in this game, so you can have male/female hairs, faces, and equipment all mixed up.
You start off in Maple Island too. You can see the basic controls, the arrow keys in the bottom left and the jump key in the bottom right. In the top left, you can see your current HP, MP, level, Stamina, and the map you’re in.
The Stamina Information window shows your current Stamina state (healthy), remaining time (2 hours), current experience/meso/item drop rate (100%), and it says that your Stamina information will reset every day at 4pm.
At the bottom, it says ‘Number of times you can completely heal’. I guess Stamina will be the limiting factor when you want to play.
The basic attack button appears beside the jump button as well.
Something that I think is different about MapleStory M versus the other apps Nexon has released is that it’s basically an MMORPG. You will be able to see other people playing at the same time as you, talk with them and party with them!
In the top left, you can open the menu which includes the Cash Shop, Guilds, Achievements, Daily Tasks, Quests, Skills, Inventory, Buddies, Messages, and Settings.
MapleStory M has a Cash Shop. The main currency is obviously Mesos but it looks like you can get premium currency (the diamonds) called Cash to spend in the Cash Shop.
You can buy Cash equipment, nametags, pets (with skills like auto loot and auto potion), mounts, Star Force scrolls (which look like they’re the only way you can strengthen your equipment), Innocence scrolls, and town return scrolls (you can buy these with mesos too).
MapleStory M has fully functional Guilds! You can create or join one, and people can set required levels as well.
The Achievements and Daily Tasks are things you can do in-game to earn Cash. Achievements are once per character (e.g. kill 13 Red Snails, acquire a pet) while the Daily Tasks reset each day (e.g. clear an Elite Dungeon, use 10 potions).
The Quest window lets you see your in progress and available quests, and their related information like what you need to finish them and the rewards. You can also use the Navigate button to show you where you have to go.
The skill window is also opened through the menu.
Here, you can see all of your skills, separated into Active, Buff, and Passive. They’re all unlocked at various levels and you can use your skill points to level them up if you’re high level enough.
You can hotkey up to 4 Active skills. They’ll show up around the attack and jump buttons.
This is the inventory, where you can see your Equip, Use, Etc., Set-up, and Cash items. You can hotkey your use items for easy healing!
You can also see all of your equipment, Cash equipment, and pets (up to 3). There is also a Character Stats window that shows your current stats and more in-depth information on the right side.
The User List shows you all users in the same map as you and their information, your buddies, your party, and your guild.
MapleStory M currently covers 4 areas: Victoria Island, El Nath Mountains, Nihal Desert, and Minar Forest. You can click on each of the dots on the World Map to access the Road Maps of each area, which show the specific maps.
There are merchants in every town that sell useful items and equipment. You can also sell items to them.
You can use the Dimensional Mirror in each town to access Elite Dungeons. These are special dungeons with bosses that you can challenge with your friends. Each one has a different level requirement and you can only challenge them a certain number of times per day.
You can either create a room to invite your friends or use the quick entry option to be matched up randomly with other users.
If you get bored of training, you can use the Auto Battle option. When it’s on, your character will move around and attack enemies by itself.
Well, I think that’s about all. I’m actually surprised at how well they ported MapleStory, it plays pretty fluidly. And they used the same art assets so it looks the same too.
If you guys have tried it out, let me know what you think!