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 (3,209 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."

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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

    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
Helpful customer reviews
62 of 72 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
To overcome my crippling debt I've sold swords, bows, daggers, staffs, spears, shields, gloves, boots, capes, pendants, breast plates, helms, rings, bread, apples, assorted candies and dishes, books, ingredients for potions, a slime monster's liver, a normal vase, a small vase, a wierd vase, countless other treasures, and at some point. . .my soul.

Capitalism Ho~ o(TヘT )


11/10 would sell soul again
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65 of 108 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Schmooley Benjamin Kippelfinkelburg ben Shekelstein was not a proper Jew, and could not fulfill the role of his ancestors in serving as a source of legal credit for French nobles and royals seeking to fund their personal ventures via circumvention of Church authority.

Amassing significant debts on his (loaned) property after the subprime mortgage bubble bursted in 1599, and lacking even basic skills in the trade of counting shekels, he set out to make his fortune, only to die somewhere in the mountains offscreen, leaving his only daughter, Recette-Anne Frank Shekel Israel Lemonfresh ben Shekelstein, to inherit responsibility for virtually all of his debts. The rabbi of the city's quarter, Isaac Schlomo Goldstein Shekelburg ben Levi Abraham Cohen, on behalf of the Goyim and with the help of the cult of Satan and the blood of seven gentile children, then invokes the Kabbalistic Sephirot to summon a Jew fairy, of whom is promptly dispatched to Recette, both to collect the outstanding debts according to a strict timetable, and to teach her the art of counting shekels, stowing gold bricks under the floorboards (and in the walls), acquiring the role of an extremely convenient scapegoat, and shortchanging customers like a proper Le Happy Venetian Merchant.

Loli Jew Recette learns to contradict basic merchant guild regulations in 17th-century France, engages in the unholy act of ritual blood libel during Passover, exploits her incompetent Swiss mercenaries by paying them to risk their lives picking up valuable consumer goods in the dangerous wilds (and then reselling said items to those same people at a profit), and invents the free market and 9/11 in the process. You'll have hours of fun wondering where in your house you hid all those millions of shekels (called "pix" in the English translation) prior to the game's start, as well as by selling candy to the goyim girls and that one Irish elf for the equivalent of a small fortune. If you can't make your payments on time, however, the rabbi will charge you a pound of your own flesh per shekel as collateral, effectively making your life forfeit if you fail to live up to proper Mosaic community standards of personal and fiscal responsibility within the quarter.

9/10 shekels plus one pound of flesh/10.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Recettear feels very Japanese and the art style is certainly appealing to fans of mangas and animes. The concept is unique and quite original - in this fantasy game the player is not the hero (even though he controls those heroes as well), but the shopkeeper in an item shop.
The game takes place in a high fantasy primary world, in which everybody has the opportunity to get rich by walking into a dungeon, killing hordes of monsters, and selling the loot. The game's protagonist is Recette a young girl who has to work in her shop in order to pay her father's debt to the fairy Tear (hence the title).
Basically, the game consists of three parts: A shop simulator, a dungeon grinder, and a dialoge-based RPG. Recette sells all the items she can get her hands on in her shop and tries to make a profit. When she leaves her shop she meets other people in the town and communicates with them. Some of them are adventurers who agree to explore dungeons for her and give her the loot to sell. Of course Recette has to pay them as well.
The game is actually quite challenging because a dead line limits the time Recette has to pay Tear back. Thus, you can fail horribly and poor Recettear is kicked out of her shop.
If those ingredientes appeal to you, give the game a try as long as you can get it for a reasonable price.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
i bought a ham sandwich for 2000 gold.
i sold it for 4000.
GOD BLESS CAPITALISM.
11/10 WOULD CAPTALISM AGAIN .
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