UPDATE: This game has been shutdown and is no longer available
Pi Story is a 2D Fantasy MMORPG with a unique anime inspired graphic style. Rather than a large persistent world, players use Pi stones to transport between instanced zones. Complete various missions with up to 8 players per party, form guilds, and even doctorate your own home in Pi Story!
Publisher: Aeria Games
Graphics: Medium Quality
EXP Rate: Low
Pros: +Optional tutorial. +Unique graphic and gameplay style. +Player housing. +Plenty of quests.
Cons: -Only 3 classes available. -Small population. +Slow leveling. -Quest log fills too fast (5 limit.) -Limited content, not enough to do.
This game has been SHUT DOWN – It is NO LONGER available. This means the official servers are offline and no one can create new accounts or log in to the game. For all intents and purposes this game is dead. This page will be updated if the game ever re-launches.
Pi Story Overview
Pi Story is 2D MMORPG with a persistent towns but with the rest of the game world run through instances. Players can interact with one another in town, form groups than launch missions using special Pi Stones obtained from either quests or through NPC stores. Pi Story has an optional tutorial mission and an organized skill tree but players won’t be able to pick a class until level 10. The classes available at level 10 are:
Fighter - The easiest of the classes to play. Fighters have large health pools and simple melee attacks.
Cleric - Supportive caster class. Clerics can heal party members and even bring them back from the dead. They are also proficient in blunt melee weapons and can hold their own in combat.
Mage - The offensive casters of Pi Story. Mages have powerful direct damage and area of effect spells but are very fragile. Playing a mage is the most difficult as they have more hotkeys and skills to deal with that the other classes.
A Thief class is currently under development.
Pi Story Screenshots
Pi Story Featured Video
Pi Story Review
By Erhan Altay
Pi Story is an interesting 2D MMORPG which takes the Guild Wars approach and instances much of the game rather than having a persistent world. Published by Aeria Games, a prolific publisher who isn’t afraid of taking chances with little known titles, Pi Story favors cooperation over competition as there is currently no PvP method in place. Instead, players must form parties of up to 8 players and take on the games many missions. This gameplay style is most similar to the free to play MMORPG Lunia by ijji.
We Love Pi
New players have several appearance customization options including hair, mouth, and eye styles. There are also several clothing colors to choose from. 2D games tend to have fewer appearance choices so the limited options are not out of the ordinary but you will see many players in game who look identical to your character. New players need not worry about choosing a class from the start, instead all players start as novices and pick their class at level 10. The three class choices are; Fighter, Cleric and Mage. Each plays differently, has a unique skill tree and requires the completion of a quest to complete the promotion. A forth class has been announced and is currently being developed — The Thief. No set date on its implementation but hopefully it’ll add some variety. Until level 10, players will have to contend with the novice and his skill tree. Players receive a single skill point each level to distribute. The novice has a mix of melee and spell oriented skills so be sure to experiment with which kind you prefer. In general, the melee oriented fighter is the easiest class to play since he has a high HP pool but doesn’t possess the damage potential of mages.
The initial optional tutorial mission is quite boring but introduces players to the game’s controls. Gameplay is handled exclusively with the keyboard while the mouse is used for navigating menus. Pi Story has what I like to call real time combat since every attack is controlled by the player. By default ‘F’ is your standard attack while tapping it performs simple combos. Players can also combine moves to perform special attacks, for example, a dash attack ( –> + F), a jump attack ( space + F), and so on. Potions and skills are assigned to a hot bar with keyboard shortcuts. Even talking to NPCs can be done with the keyboard by pressing ‘F’ to start a conversation when close enough to one than use the 1-9 keys to select dialogue options. Actual fighting is done in instanced areas either alone or with a group. Accessing these areas requires special egg shaped stones called Pi Stones. These stones can be purchased either in town or at the end of a previous mission. When playing alone, simply clicking ‘Go’ at the top launches the appropriate mission but when in a party, it is the party leader who gets to decide with Pi Stone will be used and which corresponding mission all players will be teleported to. Each stage is composed of several rooms where players battle through hordes of monsters in classic beat ‘em up style. At the end of each mission is a boss which can be quite difficult, especially alone. The first boss, a young fox, killed me on my first attempt.
The only area of Pi Story that’s truly persistent rather than instanced is the town. Called ‘Town of Pantheon’, it contains many quest giving NPCs, stores, and acts as a place for players to meet up with others and form groups. Players who aren’t seeking action right away can actually take a few moments to explore the rather large town and pick up several quests which can be completed with having to fight anything. A ‘feed the chickens’ and ‘feed the hamsters’ quest can be obtained which involves finding the appropriate animals around town and talking to them. There are also several ‘talk quests’ as I label them that involve speaking from one NPC to another. Luckily, quest objectives are marked as red squares on your mini map, making it much easier to find your way around. Unfortunately, the quest log fills way to fast with a limit of only 5 quests. I found it frustrating to have to walk away from a potential quest since my log was full, even at level 1! My final comment concerning town is that the 2D graphics sometimes made navigation confusing, I had to use a portal located at the top of the map to be taken a level lower while the portals at the bottom took me elsewhere. This probably had more to do with my poor navigational skills than anything else but I did find myself going in circles at times, check out the ‘Pi Story Town Walkthrough’ video to see me in action.
Life of Pi
Pi Story has a unique anime styled look with side scrolling graphics. You can move up and down but your character is always facing either left or right. This graphic style is closer to LaTale than other 2D games such as Stonage 2 but cute graphics alone don’t make a game. Pi Story comes up short in the content department. There are a few interesting features to keep people busy, namely player housing where players can purchase furniture for their instanced homes. Currently, there is only one live server, the other two have been closed because of low population. Pi Story also relies too much on repeating the same missions several times. Quests have you hunting for 10 of a certain item drop which cannot be completed in a single run through a mission. Hopefully with a few more content upgrades, that 4th class being added and a slight experience boost during the early levels (it takes too long to get to level 10), Pi Story will be a game worth sticking around for.
Final Verdict – Fair
Pi Story has cute graphics and a casual atmosphere but suffers from a lack of content. With only 3 classes and slow paced leveling, Pi Story frightens new comers and bores veterans. The classic beat ‘em up style combat and emphasis on coop play make it worth trying for fans of the genre.
Pi Story Videos
Pi Story Character Creation
Pi Story Boss Battle
Pi Story Game Play Trailer
Pi Story Town Walkthrough
Pi Story Tutorial Video
Pi Story Links
Pi Story System Requirements
OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
CPU: P3 500Hz
RAM: 512 MB RAM
HDD: 1500 MB Free
Graphics Card: Geforce4 1G
OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
CPU: P4 1.4Ghz
RAM: 1.0 GB or more
HDD: 2.0 GB or more
Graphics Card: Radeon 7000 2Gs or better
DirectX: 9.0c or better