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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Very Positive (39 reviews) - 87% of the 39 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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

    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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Taggart
7.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
Boring. I enjoy these type of games but this is hands down boring. The shopkeeping system is the most mundane thing ever. The dungeoning part of the game is decent but in order to do well, you have to ignore that and just shop keep. Wasted 22$ on this. My one of few games I regret buying.
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Kell Hound
15.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
Surprisingly fun
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Katpichu
21.0 hrs
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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Topagae
11.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
One of the best JRPG's ever made. Adorable and heartwarming, while surprisingly deep in mechanics.
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BALLS
52.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
great game, a little grindy though.
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Mordeth Kai
73.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
This game is all kinds of fun and awesome, great story, good humor, and addictive gameplay. You manage a shop, and you take heroes on adventures. When managing the shop you have to haggle with customers to try to get good profit without upsetting them, and keep track of the current economic trends to decide what to sell and what not to. It starts out very simple and slowly adds new features at a comfortable pace so it never feels overwhelming.

The dungeons are randomly generated and instead of fighting with your character you hire heroes who you can either loan equipment to or give them great deals when they come into your shop to buy gear. Each hero plays significantly different allowing a lot of variety, but not a whole lot of progression beyond equipment and levels. The dungeons are randomly generated based on themes, although in spite of this they all start to look the same, kind of the weakest point. The dungeon parts are good enough not bring the game down, but not good enough to be particularly praiseworthy.

It's hard to do this game justice with just words, all I can say is that it is very relaxing and a lot of fun to play.
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andrewahern
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
recettear is reaaly good. but not as good as recettear 1.5 hd remix for the nintendo gamecube
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Daerkannon
19.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
A puzzling game with all the features to be great, but which settles for merely good. You're going to get 10-20 hours of fun out of it, but there's very little reason to keep going after you finish the initial story scenario unless the challenge scenario appeals to you or you just want to keep fooling around in the world of Recettear. For myself I didn't even see most of the dungeons or adventurerers and felt very little reason to keep playing as there aren't even Steam achievements to collect.
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wicked_fallen
19.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
This game is awesome. The only thing it is lacking is a "get the ♥♥♥♥ out of my store" button and a ban for life button. I hate that little girl so much damn pauper demanding I give her my goods for next to nothing.
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Kereth0721
100.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
Capitalism, ho!
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
GET OUT OF MY STORE YOU STUPID LITTLE GIRL I WILL NOT SELL YOU MY STUFF FOR PENNIES BECAUSE YOU'RE A STUPID LITTLE GIRL I'M TRYING TO RUN A BUSINESS HERE.

10/10, Capitalism, ho!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
43.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
It's a shame so few people have actually played this gem. Perhaps if they had, it wouldn't somehow still be unique among games available out there. There was something really satisfying about running an item shop and building up your store, though at times the dungeon crawling felt a little unpolished, the game as a whole is a rare gem, and something I will always remember fondly.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
A commentary on modern day capitalism and the mindset of a consumerist society, you are forced to be a ruthless and shrewd businessman or live in a cardboard box.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
great game, a little grindy though.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
extremely good merchant game
Great game for any price.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
recettear is reaaly good. but not as good as recettear 1.5 hd remix for the nintendo gamecube
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839 of 863 people (97%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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539 of 555 people (97%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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504 of 534 people (94%) found this review helpful
531 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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