Yes! MapleStory can be played using alternative input devices such as a compact keyboard or a gamepad. These devices typically have fewer input keys than a standard keyboard, so you may need to adjust your settings to find the perfect setup.
Compact keyboards and gamepad devices must be installed and operating correctly in Windows in order to use them in MapleStory. For installation instructions, please visit the product website for your device and install any required drivers or software. For keyboards without arrow keys, ensure that your keyboard can simulate arrow keys through the Function (FN) key or other options.
Compact keyboards include keyboards with a smaller design and fewer keys, typically leaving off the numeric keypad (numpad), Function (FN) keys, home keys or arrow keys. Some of these keys may have functions assigned to them by default, but hotkeys can be changed through the Setting > Key Bindings menu in-game.
To reassign a key, click and drag the function you want onto the preferred key. Character skills can even be dragged from the Skills window directly to the keyboard shortcut menu! Once you're happy, click OK to save the setup.
You may want to assign your hotkeys primarily to the keys 1-5, Q-T, A-G, and Z-V, as in the above example. This way, the majority of your keystrokes are all on one side of the keyboard, reducing any potential strain on your hands and fingers. Using buffs on keys such as “;” and “‘“, which are far enough to the right to be easily reached by your right hand, are also helpful. You should be able to fit most, if not all, of your basic hotkeys within those recommended sections.
Note: Arrow keys used for movement cannot be remapped, but many compact keyboards provide a Function (FN) key that can be toggled so that other keys will act like arrow keys. If available, this will allow you to move your character on keyboards without dedicated arrow keys.
Utilizing in-game commands also reduces the number of functions assigned to your hotkeys. For example, chat commands can be used to change the active chat channel:
- All: /s
- Alliance: /a or /ally
- Buddy: /b or /friend
- Group: /gr
- Guild: /g
- Spouse: /spouse
Some menu hotkeys can also be accessed through the game interface or other menus:
- Buddy, Party and Boss menus are all available through the Party and Boss window.
- The World Map can be accessed through a button on the mini-map.
- The Enhance Equip interface can be accessed through the Inventory window.
- The Familiar window can be accessed by double-clicking on Roro the Familiar Manager in the Equip window.
- Double-clicking on your character opens the Character Info window.
- Change channels quickly by pressing ESC to open the Setting menu, then ENTER to open the Channels menu.
Gamepads can be used to control your character and use skills while defeating enemies and bosses. This may be a comfortable option for those extended play sessions, though it will still be necessary to utilize a mouse and keyboard for some aspects of the game.
Once your gamepad has been set up in Windows, launch MapleStory and navigate to the Setting > Joypad Setting menu. This menu allows keyboard shortcuts to be assigned to specific buttons on the gamepad. For example, an attack skill assigned to the DELETE key can be mapped to the a button on your gamepad.
Note: The Joypad Setting menu utilizes the “Basic Key Setting” option where skills are assigned to Ins / Home / Pg Up / etc by default. When using the “Secondary Key Setting” option or custom key bindings, it may be necessary to adjust button assignment.
Is it safe to use these devices?
Generally speaking, it is safe to use a non-standard device to play MapleStory as long as the device does not automate gameplay or provide tactical advantages beyond a standard mouse and keyboard. Please be aware that the use of hardware or software features that automate gameplay is strictly prohibited and may result in account penalties.