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 (31 reviews) - 87% of the 31 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


    • 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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100.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Capitalism, ho!
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I really enjoy this game. As a fan of anime and rpg's this interested me for a while. I finally bought it on a whim and as far as I have played so far it is great. The style is nice and I like the shop music, bartering has always been fun in games so a whole game centered on it is cool. my only complaint is that Recette is dumb as a rock. that's my only problem though. 9 out of 10 for me!
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15.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Short, good, and would like a really bigger sequel.
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11.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Unique gameplay, gathering materials for crafting equipment, leveling up and many more features that makes this game adictive as hell. The story isn't that good but the gameplay is more than worth it.
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6.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
This game could be fun if the engine wasn't designed in a so unacceptably bad way.
Every day I started this, the controls randomized themselves. One day O was my accept-button, one day it was square and one day it was triangle. (Using standard PS4 controller with DS4Windows which works flawlessly in all other games).
Using the configuration tool that comes with the game does not help at all (it mixes up your controls even more and you end up accepting by pushing left etc).

The max resolution is 1280x960. That may have been good in the year 2000, but it's 2016 now and this game really looks bad at 3440x1440. If you run it windowed you have to use third party software like ShiftWindow to force this thing into borderless mode. It won't take over your window-resolution but stay at 1280x960.

There are many options in the config tool that let you downgrade the graphics to i386-niveau but nothing that actually lets you improve it. I think my graphics cards didn't even wake up from desktop mode while displaying this thing at it's max FPS of 60.

All in all this game, albeit being a PC only release, feels like a super bad console port with Consolitis so strong, I'm surprised it doesn't infect my other games.

Apart from the technical amagheddon that this thing (I'm not calling this game) represents, it can actually be fun. I will not go into those details as it's simply not worth playing for a PC gamer.
I can write mods for Skyrim and fiddle with NWN 2 configs for days but I simply don't see why I should endure the unwillingness of devs to create a remotely playable game on the main game platform: the PC.

1/10 - not even playable.
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6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Well i started playing...... still playing....... cant stop playing.......... help
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6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Awesome man, a little shop that sales a lot freaking item.
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24.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
One of my favorite games on steam. A lot of people may get turned off animation style but just try to look past it if you need to. Also dealing with the tutorial sucks but is very necessary so don't skip over that. You will lose haha. It's not as hard as people make it out to be either. I beat it on my first try without any resets besides the main character. I'm funny. Here are my tips if you want to experience the game blind and figure stuff out yourself don't continue reading.

TIPS: Adventuring doesn't really pay too well in the items you get i would try and stay away from that if your not experienced.It can pay off sometimes usually maybe once in the beginning and occaisionally if you know what your doing. I try to stick mostly to the shop.
Always try to have more items to keep your store fully stocked for when people buy stuff.
Try to go shopping in the morning slot, both the market and the guild are open to buy stuff. Don't go in the middle two slots because that's when the most traffic comes. Also night time the market isn't open.
This is the most important thing!!!!I know it sucks at first to price items cheap at first but you need to start pricing items barely over 100% The customers don't start with bringing in a ton of money to buy your stuff at high prices also they will only pay a certain amount over 100%. The more times you don't have to haggle with the person the more you can get from them the next time and the next time. It's not an exact science so you gott feel how uch you can get away with raising it. Also haggling is in my opinion bad. If you sell and buy many items in a row without needing to haggle because you know how much they will accept then it raises the consecutive EXP bonus you get which is invaluable with the perks it gets you. The most valuable is new items in the guild and market. Others are great too.
Don't slack off on a due date. If you have over the amount of money on due date don't skip the day. go invest it in more items and make enough money back that day to pay off the debt. You need to know how much you can make in a day though pay attention to that and oonly spend what you think you can pay back quickly on due date day.
Try to have some cheeper items for people who want multiple and don't carry enough money for two big items really helps prevent an impossible sale. This also helps for cheep people like the little girl. Don't worry if you give her good deals she carrys more money like everyone.
Last but not least I don't have a tip for the girl who tries to sell her crap for absurd prices sorry she's just a combo breaker lol.
There is a postgame freeplay with a lot more stuff to do and a new survival mode after you beat it .

Hope this helps you stick with it!!! Capitalism HO!!!
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Not even a fraction as fun as you think it will be.
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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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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11

10/10, Capitalism, ho!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
59.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
extremely good merchant game
Great game for any price.
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838 of 862 people (97%) found this review helpful
18 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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536 of 552 people (97%) found this review helpful
7 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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497 of 526 people (94%) found this review helpful
524 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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481 of 511 people (94%) found this review helpful
16 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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208 of 212 people (98%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
405.4 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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735 of 868 people (85%) found this review helpful
240 people found this review funny
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Oh god I'm such a scumbag I just sold a candy to a little girl for several hundred dollars.
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