Second round battle in the MMORPG Showdown series.

The Match-Up

Both of these colorful free MMOs faced and defeated other free MMOs in the first round. Conquer Online pulled out a surprise win over Gunz and Maple Story barely defeated RuneScape in a battle that was decided in the final hours of voting. This time however Maple Story had no trouble conquering Conquer Online in order to move onto the semi-finals. In fact Conquer Online registered the lowest score yet with a 0.75. Despite being a solid MMO with a strong position in the Asian fantasy theme niche (not to mention a higher score in’s Review Directory) Conquer Online was simply no match for the popularity of Maple Story and its console-like graphics.

Tale of the Tape

Maple Story

  • Free to play.

  • Resembles a console platform game.

  • Four classes that each have their own themed city.

  • Offers a cash shop for special items.

  • Over 200 MB download.


Conquer Online

  • Extremely colorful anime 2D graphics.

  • Based on Asian myths.

  • Free to play.

  • Players can be reborn to get bonus attributes.

  • Good economy with trading taking place via market stalls.

  • Cost money to leave a guild so tries to tone down guild hopping.

Select Comments For Maple Story (Edited for Presentation)

Rating: 8
Author: sylar
Comment: This game is very well done for a 2D game. Battle system is decent and fun enough to keep you hooked. Another plus is that people who can’t support huge games with awesome graphics can play this no sweat!

Rating: 10
Author: shaderun
Comment: Waaay better than Conquer Online. Simple and addicting with nice graphics.

Rating: 9
Author: Adeori
Comment: I myself enjoyed this game for awhile. The combat seems a little basic but it’s definitely well done for a 2D game. It deserves a 9 because the developers really did do a good job on it. It’s a great game for little kids and for people with low quality computers.

Select Comments for Conquer Online (Edited for Presentation)

Rating: 0
Author: gbwong
Comment: Cheap Diablo rip-off!

Rating: 2
Author: sylar
Comment: This game leaves much more to be desired. Maple Story is 2D and it totally annihilates this game!

Rating: 1
Author: shaderun
Comment: GBWong I totally agree. I have played this game and the Diablo 2 expansion. Diablo 2 has better controls and graphics. The only good point of this game is that the community isn’t that bad.

The Voting

Maple Story received a total score of 7.56

Conquer Online received a total score of 0.75

The Result

Maple Story Wins!

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