Recettear is the story of an item shop, the girl who lives in it, and the fairy who turned her life upside down. Recette Lemongrass finds herself in charge of an item shop built into her house, in order to pay back a loan her father took and then skipped out on - and Tear, her newfound fairy "companion", won't take no for an answer!
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Release Date: Sep 10, 2010

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Recettear is the story of an item shop, the girl who lives in it, and the fairy who turned her life upside down. Recette Lemongrass finds herself in charge of an item shop built into her house, in order to pay back a loan her father took and then skipped out on - and Tear, her newfound fairy "companion", won't take no for an answer! As Recette, you have to decide how you'll get your stock - either through playing the markets in town or going out into the wild with an adventuring friend and thrashing beasts until they give up the goodies - how much to sell things for, what the shop should look like, and how to best go about getting the money Tear needs to pay off the loan. If you can't come up with the money... well, hope you like living in a cardboard box.

Key features:

  • Manage all aspects of an item shop – from stock to interior design!
  • Explore randomized dungeons – never quite the same twice!
  • Multiple adventurers to choose from when dungeon-diving – no two play the same!
  • Plenty to do after beating the game – challenge yourself with Survival Mode or play to your heart's delight in Endless Mode!
  • Engaging story, localized by Carpe Fulgur – get to know the people of Pensee!

System Requirements


    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: Pentium 4 1.7ghz or Athlon XP 1700+ (or equivalent processor)
    • Memory: 256MB of system RAM (512 reccomended for Windows Vista and 7)
    • Graphics: DirectX 8.1-compatible video card of any type with at least 64 megabytes of video RAM; Nvidia and ATI tested (Intel Intregrated Graphics below X4000 series not recommended)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 700MB free HD space
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1-compatible sound card/motherboard chip
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27.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
gud gme
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12.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
A shop simulator with dungeon crawling thrown into the mix! So far, the game is too chatty for me, but I'm glad that I can skip events that I've already seen. So far, I've lived in a carboard box twice. Capitalism, ho!
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6.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
Love the idea but the game is to hard. You have to pay a morgage each month and though the first weeks are doable, the payments soon rise so high i didnt have a fighting chance to meet them. I was close to the 80000 payment but never managed it, i always was 5000 to 8000 short. And i tried many, many times.

Dont know how the dungeons are because i never understud how to get started on them.

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19.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
likely one of the best capitalism games out there. if you like shop games try this, its insanely good.
also dont be fooled; the weeb-ness is pretty low even though it looks really high and the game is translated really well. idk why some of the screenshots are in japanese but there you go. japanese voice acting only sadly but oh well
sadly even though its one of the best in its genre for 20 bucks i would say its only really good on a sale.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: September 22
Product received for free
Salmon and 9 year olds.
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Foggy Dreamer
52.1 hrs
Posted: September 17
My First Playthrough:
Day 4 - Hired a Swordsman to explore a Dungeon; Found a Longsword among the loot
Day 5 - Sold the same Longsword to the Swordsman at a markup
Day 9 - (Morning) Sold a Shortcake to a Man at 200% base price
Day 9 - (Evening) Bought back the same Shortcake from the Man's Wife at 66% base price
Day 15 - Recommended a Cloth Hat to a young Girl; Gave her a small discount
Day 18 - Fulfilled an Old Man's order of 2 Melons; Felt slightly disturbed
Day 22 - Forgot to save money to pay off the loan company; End up living in a cardboard box

Adventurers from all over the world visit the city of Pensee to explore the mysterious dungeons that have recently been discovered nearby. Rumor has it that dangerous characters are behind the increasing monsters. Some even say that they plan to bring about the end of the world.

That means only one thing to the item shop Recettear - more customers! Play from a different point of view as you buy new stock from the Market or hire Adventurers to find treasure from dungeons. Increase the variety of your inventory, sell high value goods and haggle your way out of poverty. Can you pay off your missing father's debts and keep a roof over your head?

Recettear is a light-hearted indie game that pokes fun at the typical JRPG game setting. But make no mistake! Behind the cute anime characters and relaxing music lies a fairly complex management sim. And while mostly optional, its roguelite dungeons get steadily more challenging. Overall, this game is great for those looking for a fresh and fun management sim / roguelite.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: September 13
My friend recommended this game to me, I asked him if he was serious, he said yes, I played it and loved it. I wish there were more games like this.

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14.1 hrs
Posted: September 12
I like the idea, i like the atmosphere.

But the way the... campaign is done is just no fun.

Ignore all orders.They will just take up time and when the items are less worth at the day the order is to be sold (wich happens randomly) you are tough out of luck and have lost money AND time you could have served another customer wich means you have lost the possibillity for two sales all in all.

Never buy from the guild. Get ready to grind, grind, grind, grind, GRIIIIND your local dungeons.

You can hire several heroes to find items in those dungeons. Except you never use anyone else but the hero you started with because by the time you meet others that hero is level 28 and up because of all the grinding.

Only put out your most expensive wares. You can't really... "roleplay" if you will, a balanced shopkeep who wants to serve all kinds of customers. If you don#t put out and sell your most expensive ♥♥♥♥ you are ♥♥♥♥ed and can start all over.

On top of that you need luck, luck to get the right items, luck to guess the prize right and the right adjustments wich can just be all ove the place when dealing with customers.

Crafting system is also rather useless because of these elements of luck. I am 12 hourts or something in and not once have i had any of them necessary items in the neceessary number to craft a new item.

It also would probably a waste of time and ressources because you CAN NOT AFFORD to play around with your ressources.

You need to put out ♥♥♥♥ and get in money.

After you have lost once you will ralise that you need the pressure going, the pacing just leaves no room for any elements that would be fun. And this is why i stopped because i ralized fice days before the 200.00 bucks payment that i am not going to make it unless i grind the boring dungeons like a madman and ignore all the fun bits.

This is what ultiumately kills the fun in having your own Fantasy RPG Item Shop.

No one wants the grind from the joblife in his free time.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: September 9
Not a game for someone expecting your standard RPG, or tycoon game, very high learning curve if you don't pay attention to the tutorials, but worth every minute. I've restarted this game more times then I can count, because of my own failures and switching systems, before cloud saving on Steam existed, and I've always loved this game, even if I haven't ever beat it. Anyone who enjoys classic dungeon crawler RPGs, or shop running games, will enjoy this, especially with the Japanese style that is so popular in some of the classic role playing games of console.
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Product received for free
I’m Recette, and this is my pawn shop. I work here with my fairy and my adventurer, Louie. Everything in here has a story and a price. One thing I’ve learned after 1 month – you never know WHAT is gonna come through that door.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
The cool thing about Recettear is that it's setting is that of a typical fantasy RPG town, but the gameplay is nothing like that. You're already familiar with the setting and the tropes, but it's a new experience since you come at it from a different angle.

You are a young girl who is severely in debt to a bank run by fairies (millenial problems.) To pay off the debt you convert your family home into an item shop for all those fantasy RPG adventurers that wander through your town. The core of the gameplay is just buying merchandise and then selling it to your customers. There are however some other variations on that, people in the town can help you out, you can market your stuff in various ways, and you can venture out into the wilderness to gather merchandise directly from the source (dungeons and monsters) rather than buying it all wholesale.

So the core gameplay is pretty simple, but unless you're already an economist you'll likely find it pretty intimidating at first. I know I did. I made all the payments for my debt but each time I only just barely was able to meet each installment. Every time it got close to my due date I stressed out and pressed all my customers even harder in order to get by. It was actually fairly stressful.

So if you're interested in becoming an episode of Pawn Stars: JRPG Town this is a great game. But don't say I didn't warn you if you end up blowing a blood vessel.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
How to become rich quick:
Step 1: Go into dungeons and grab as much loot as you can carry
Step 2: Put loot on store shelves for more than it's worth
Step 3: Profit!

10/10 Capitalism Ho!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
You learn to hate children if you haven't already.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
great game, a little grindy though.
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846 of 870 people (97%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
I'm a sad man. I'm late-40s and I still like cute things. I also love RPGs, so you can see why I looked at Recettear and liked the look of it.

The game wasn't quite what I thought it was though.... but in a good way. I was pleasantly surprised.

You'd probably be forgiven for thinking as I did - this is a typical JRPG with the theme being centred somehow around a shop. Well, yes it is... and it isn't. The game essentially has two parts to it. The RPG part takes the form of a fairly typical top-down dungeon crawler a la Chocobo's Dungeon, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and a host of other similar ones. That's about as standard as it gets though.

Recettear does things rather differently - you are a young girl who has inherited her father's item shop which serves the local townsfolk with equipment for their day-to-day use and more importantly, stuff to go a-dungeon-crawling with. You also have a guardian of sorts (who also turns out to be a debt collector too) who's a fairy. Well, this is a Japanese game - 'nuff said. The relevance of this is that Recette (you) have also inherted some burden of debt too, who naturally you owe to your ward. So, the crux of the game is to run the shop, and earn enough each day to enable you to pay off your monthly debt payment.

I know, that might sound a little boring, but it isn't. It's actually where the game really shines. Your day is divided up into a maximum of 4 sections, which you can "spend" by either visiting town for certain things, visit the adventurer's guild (more on that later), or open the shop. Your shop has certain shelf spaces laid out, and arranging the stock so your best stuff is visible from the window is an essential trick. Put the boring, common and cheap items in the window and you'll attract less passers-by. Put the really expensive stuff in the window and you'll also attract less passers-by. It's a balancing act.

Once customers come in, they'll flit around looking, and approach you with items they want to buy from the shelves. As with any real-world store, the trick is to maximize profit, while retaining custom. So, sell higher than you bought it, but low enough so they don't get annoyed and never return - another balancing act. Some customers will ask for certain special orders in advance, which you almost always never have the stock at the time to fulfil, so you make a gamble on whether you can acquire the stock they're asking for - accept and fail, and they'll get annoyed, but refuse and they'll get annoyed too. You can't please everyone...

So where does the stock come from? This is where the adventurer's guild and the dungeon crawling comes in.

Instead of opening the store, you can toddle off to the adventurer's guild where all the adventurers hang out. You can recruit them, for a fee to go and dungeon crawl with you. There's a great element of risk/reward here, as at the end of each level, you can choose to duck out with the loot, or proceed onwards with the chance of more and better loot, but with the added risk of costly failure. As Recette, doesn't fight (well, she's only a girl), you take the role of the adventurer here. Her role is to tag along and store your part of the loot.

So, you fight, you level up your adventurers, you gain better loot to sell for better prices, you get money to pay off your increasing debt, and so on.

There's also some added little nuances such as it being wise to look after the adventurers you are hiring by selling them stuff cheap when they visit your store, as they'll use that stuff when crawling the not-so-murky depths. As the game progresses, you'll need to get a bit inventive in how you manage your stock and customers, but I won't elaborate on that as that would be spoiling things!

It's not an easy game to describe, and it probably sounds a bit dry on the face of it, but if you like the straight up old-school action-RPG dungeon crawler, I wouldn't hesitate to grab this - it does that part of it very well, but the light startegy side of shop management and how it dovetails so very, very nicely is what makes this game utterly unique. I can't recommend it highly enough.

So I have no hesitation in saying this is easily worth £15 on my value-for-money scale.
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547 of 563 people (97%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
You think this is a cute little game about running an item shop and having fun, but it's not. It's a game about crippling debt and trying your hardest to claw your way out of it.

The bank comes to your house and tells you that your dumb deadbeat dad is probably dead, and that they're going to repo your house. Instead of making you homeless, the bank fairy just turns you into a slave and turns your house into an item shop (because zoning regulations and child labor laws don't exist here) and you spend the rest of the game trying to make payments to buy your freedom.

Fun game, but god help you if your hustle isn't strong enough. Would not recommend to the capitalistically weak.
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514 of 544 people (94%) found this review helpful
542 people found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
My good friend Louie found an interesting taiyaki and sold it to me for 500 pix. At the end of the day he was hungry and bought the same taiyaki for 2000 pix.

I think I understand how life works now.
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488 of 518 people (94%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2014
Finally a game where I can live out my fantasies of becoming a merchant who crushes hearts and dreams under the weight of his fat profit margin. Y'all can keep your Poorly-Lit Life Forces 2 or whatever the f♥ck it's called, Recettear blows that all out of the water.

Ok first of all you play as a loli. Don't be deceived--beneath her cute, naive exterior lies a heart as black as coal and a mind as shrewd and cunning as they come. This little sh♥t will bleed you for all you're worth with mark-ups that would make Best Buy blush. And she will love every minute of it as she watches you carry your broke ♥ss out the door with a ham sandwich. Thank you and come again mother f♥cker.

Recette's rise to power begins when her piece of sh♥t dad racks up a dickload of debt and skips town or dies or something I dunno I kind of spaced out at that part BUT THE POINT IS he's an ♥sshole and Recette don't need that sh♥t in her life.
So Tear, this really unprofessionally dressed loan shark fairy with a personality as vivid and exciting as a piece of corrugated cardboard, comes up and is like "yo I'm takin your house."
Long and short of it is that Recette has to open an item shop and earn some money to keep her house from being seized, because Tear is a soulless harpy.

That's how the story begins. And there's a decent amount of depth to the economic aspects of this game. I mean you can't check on the DOW or whatever but this is f♥cking Recettear, not Wolf of Wall Street: The Video Game (someone should get on that tho c'mon nintendo).
There's buying, selling, taking specific orders, taking orders IN ADVANCE (take some time to collect yourself, I know this sh♥t's amazing), and upgrading and changing up your shop.
The fun comes when you can take advantage of a crash in the price of goods to stock up, then wait until their value's jacked up later to sell them off at 250% of their price or higher. I basically gave up masturbation because making bank in this game feels so good.
Different customers have different purchasing behaviors, including limited funds and a certain percentage mark-up they're willing to deal with. Common visitors to your shop include: Finicky House Wife from Hell, Crusty Old Man, Rich-♥ss Regular Guy, and the lovable Broke-♥ss Little Girl.

There are also dungeon crawling segments which you need to hire adventurers for, and to hire them you need to get their card by doing some specific sh♥t to make friends with them. The first dude you get is a lovable street urchin named Louie, and he's....ok I guess. He uses a f♥cking sword like a scrub but whatever you can unlock other people.
Dungeon crawling is how you get free sh♥t and ingredients to make even cooler sh♥t, but you can't really bring much back with you because apparently a f♥cking knapsack is not considered standard issue gear for adventurers.

Overall, this game is exactly what the title tells you it is, and maybe a little more.
I highly reccommend it. Play this sh♥t.

also f♥ck this steam censorship we're all adults come on
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209 of 213 people (98%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
405.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is, without exaggeration, my favorite game of all time. The art and characters are absolutely adorable, the protagonist is even more so, and the gameplay is incredibly addictive. You not only get to spend plenty of time squeezing every last possible cent out of your customers, you get enormous dungeons to go adventuring through and plenty of amazing spoils to bring back to the surface, craft into amazing items, and sell right back to the adventurer who helped you acquire them. And once you pay off your loan, you unlock Endless Mode and get to finish exploring those dungeons and becoming a billionaire. I have 225 hours of this game under my belt, and I STILL haven't finished finding every item in the game. The plot(that is, the plot that isn't related to your loan - yes, there's more!) is definitely fun, although you won't be able to see the whole thing during your first story mode, but since Endless Mode allows you to pick up right where you left off, it's not a problem.

Basically, what I'm getting at is that Recettear is an amazing game, I love it, and you probably will too. Base price for hours of entertainment? It's a bargain. Capitalism, ho!
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