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!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,123 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 10, 2010

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"A charming and beautiful adventure RPG where you are a item shop NPC that has to pay off her debt by exploring dungeons and selling your spoils of war."

About This Game

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

    Minimum:

    • 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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439 of 466 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
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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234 of 262 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
A girl came in to buy a knife as a "gift for mommy"

10/10 would sell weapons to children again
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71 of 76 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
TL:DR? See Conclusion

NOTE:
I'm reposting some of my old reviews because I adopted an easier to read format (and because for some reason I can't edit my old reviews)

INTRODUCTION:
We all played the Armored Knight, the Raging Barbarian, the Wise Wizard or the cunning Rogue, going into a glorious quest for honor, wealth or fame. But have you ever wondered what's the life of the regular citizen of the fantasy world, specially the all important Item shops who sell you armor, weapons and potions? Well here is Recettear, a game who will answer just that.

Recettear its a retail simulation game with an RPG twist to it. You'll have to maintain your shop, restock your supplies and go on quests along side adventurers and receive items during the adventure. This is, for me, a pretty fresh new take on the genre.

PROS:
+ Lots of Items to sell, both generic shop items and special custom made items by you
+ Well implemented crafting system
+ Customizable and upgradable store which directly affects how many people visit and what kind of people visits. (People who are rich and pay more, or people who will haggle)
+ A lot of interesting characters with varying personalities, traits and abilities.
+ Good time management system where you are constantly under-pressure to either open your store or go raid a dungeon.
+ A surprisingly advanced economy involving supply and demand.
+ Easy enough learning curve.
+ High replayability. Different modes are unlocked after the initial story campaign as well as a new game plus.

CONS:
- Campaign (Story Mode) is short, although New Game+ and other game modes are unlocked later on, it should not be an excuse to totally limit the Story Mode, specially in an RPGish game.
- A bit too simple combat mechanic
- Art Style is not for everyone. This game is clearly made in the Japanese Anime art style which means some people love it while others hate it.
- Character sprites are low resolutions
- No Widescreen Support
- Limited enemy and npc designs: Some of them were clearly just reused and palette swapped
- Restrictive map: There are different areas of the town you can visit but activity in those places are limited and only event triggered. Meaning, visiting a place (ex. Pub) without an event will just be a waste of time.

CONCLUSION:
FUN GAME. Highly recommended to JRPG fans who is looking for a fresh new take on the genre, or those who are genuinely curious what an Item Shop is like.

Although I feel like, given enough time or funding, the developers of this game could have expanded the world and given more complexity on the mechanics that this game is based on. Still, as it is, the game is good and well worth its price.

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70 of 85 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I sold my clothes, my carpet, my floorboards, my walls, and my soul in order to avoid losing my house. 10/10.
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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the story of an item shop, the girl who lives in it, and the fairy who turned her life upside down. A capitalist shop manager with a unique storyline of a girl who is forced to open a shop and to make profit out of hundreds of items and objects in order to repay her missing father's debt or otherwise, her house is taken away from her.

An interesting cute looking game with unique content and gameplay capable of taking players to show off their persuasive skills and fighting abilities during challenging and entertaining dungeon exploration!

Some good and not so good aspects of Recettear

It isn't just another store or shop management game where you simply obtain profit through the act of selling, or buying stuff. Recettear is maybe one of the most unusual store management games out there that mixes in a good catchy main storyline along with some RPG freedom outside of your store.

Why choosing Recettear?

Recettear is an appealing cute looking game, but don't be mistaken by its looks, because Recettear is a game that highly values the importance of your skills as a trader depending on each customer and events currently going on. Recettear manages to successfully mix both simulation and cuteness into one without lacking one another.

Graphics

The weakest point in Recettear is probably its 2D graphics that simply looks too plain, leaving a lot to wish for... and the Japanese anime looking graphics might also be a problem for those who don't like anime.

Music and voice acting

Despite the game being located in the European medieval time period, characters especially the main one, which you will be controlling, say different phrases in Japanese with a cute tone that will enchant you with its loveliness and cuteness! If not, then you might find it annoying or childish.

Game play

Despite the challenge and the cuteness this game has to offer, its game play is extremely interesting with a big diversity of events that occur with the addition of the RPG touch into it. Although, it may become slightly repetitive over time and players will find themselves doing the same thing over and over again for a long period of time without many changes which will make you waste time without reason.

Unless you get attached to the game, this game may become slightly repetitive over time.

User interface/Game Mechanics

Both user interface and game mechanic are simple and easy to learn either by the player self experience within the game, or by the initial tutorial that greatly explains how the game works.

Along with the addition of a business partner that can be used by you to access whatever information you require about your in-game progress and to view your stats resulting in a refreshing way for players to access information they require in the middle of the game.

Difficulty

The difficulty in this game is mostly measured by how well you can persuade your clients into paying the projected price that you have given to them for an item they have requested or vice versa. Most of the times it will be a surprise until you get the hand of it resulting in a pleasant challenging experience.

Price

Despite how unique Recettear can be in mixing multiple genres into one, I personally believe that the current price of 14,99€ is slighty too much due to the simplicity this game has to offer and its low diversity and variety.

Conclusion

I would rate this game 65 out of 100 or 3,3 out of 5,0. A funny cute-looking challenging simulator game capable of pleasing a huge variety of players from completely different game genres.
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