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 (2,032 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 10, 2010

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"You never really appreciate the role-playing genre's item shop owner until playing this game."
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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
351 of 367 people (96%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
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 ♥♥♥♥♥ 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
Posted: May 1
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.4 hrs on record
Business sim come dungeon crawler; a game with a difference. A well structured, yet pleasantly simple business simulation in which you simply buy cheap and sell for profit. Paired with a retro style dungeon crawler, where you can play as many different adventurers that increase in number as you clear dungeons and progress in the story. The dungeons have a dual purpose, as well as giving retro gamers a little bit of a nostalgic feeling, you also find numerous items in your travels which you can sell in your shop.
Align this with attractive anime artwork, entertaining characters, multiple interactions and mini stories and you have a real hidden gem of a game for those off beat gamers.
In short, buy stuff and sell. Too poor to buy? Go kill some monsters for their closely hoarded treasures and sell those instead.
Posted: August 8
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29 of 40 people (73%) found this review helpful
56.3 hrs on record
the only game where a beef brisket costs more than a longsword
10/10
Posted: June 26
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Great game.
You get to manage your own shop and you can go to randomly generated dungeon to get things from monsters to sell

+ Sweet Graphic
+ You get to test your managing skills
+ Nice Story
+ Many dungeons and monsters
+ When you Lose you don't really lose. You only get to start next loop with levels and items from last time (something like new game+)
+ It' hard to complete game on first loop so game is pretty long


- Can't think of any for now :D
Posted: August 6
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
A wonderful game. Utterly wonderful. The controls were not introduced at all though, so just bear in mind the arrows are for selecting and moving. Z for interactions, also for accepting. X for interactions, also for declining. I can't say exactly why I enjoy this game, but I do! :D
Posted: April 5
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500 of 512 people (98%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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