Maplestory is described as 'free, 2D, side-scrolling MMORPG that offers distinctive avatars, a huge variety of items and quests, ease of control, and an ever-expanding world to explore' and is a MMORPG Game in the Games category. There are six games similar to Maplestory for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, BSD and Steam. Most alternatives are MMORPG Games and Role-playing Games. The best alternative is Stendhal, which is both free and Open Source. Other Maplestory like games are Realm of the Mad God (Free), Blade Hunter (Freemium), La Tale (Freemium) and Elsword (Freemium).
La Tale is a free-to-play, massive multi-player, online role-playing game (MMORPG), with classic 2D side-scrolling action. The game features over 40 character classes, each with unique skills and weapons.
Elsword is a free-to-play, 2.5D action MMORPG that features real-time action gameplay and includes both player vs. environment and player vs. player modes. There are several playable characters within the game, each with unique backstories and distinct abilities.