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 (67 reviews) - 95% of the 67 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Sep 10, 2010

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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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LoliLicker
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Its fun, but twice now I've gotten GAME OVER when I had twice the required money. For some reason it sometimes miscounts when leaving a dungeon.
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Katy Rolster
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Once I looked up the hidden mechanics (that the game doesn't explain to you), and how I failed to take advantage of their compounding effect from the start of the game, I lost my will to play or start over again.
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KnightFire
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
"Capitalism, ho!" This is one of those games that you don't understand is great until you play it. I played a fair amount off of Steam despite my hours here, and it's a great "chill out and just play" type of game. If you see it on a Steam sale especially, I would highly recommend picking it up. Devs made a solid experience and it's fun for all ages.
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King | Baka!
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
Capitalism Ho!
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BIG SNURF
( 19.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Such a unique little game. Very addictive and a great take on RPGs.
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Rze233
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
> Be a little girl
> Abandoned by father.
> Left with a debt that would put uni students to shame
> Forced into child labour by a mythical loan shark
> Opens up & successfully manages a retail store.
> Scavenges dungeons/ruins for loot to pay off loan and make ends meet.
> Daily risk of death / attempted assassination by thief
> Invites thief back to shop, become friends (?)
> suddenly, makes enemies with a billionaire who wants to run you out of business

Week 1, done. notsureifsuccessstory/10
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malcolmkekua
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Otaku guide me
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Knuckles, Guardian of Dat Ass
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
This game mixes two things: Capitalism and an Action RPG.
While this sounds like an odd combo on the onset, this turns into a search for the best items possible to sell instead of grinding for levels. Even if this is RNG-based, it's still fun to look for items through dungeons. The game punishes you for dying, so levelling up is essential as well.
The shop aspect is the fun part for me. You finally profit from those items you work hard to find in dungeons, and most customers typically accept a fair range. (For newbs, typically around 120% is reasonable for many customers. Except the little girls who only want candy. They're hard sells.)
Great game, would recommend to any RPG fan.
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BOSH BOSH BOSH
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
In this game you play as the ancestor of Frisk from Undertale and must work alongside a diabolical and ruthless loan shark fairy in order to ensure that you, a young, sweet, and hopelessly naive child, do not loose your only place of accommodation and wind up starving, cold, and alone on the hard, cruel streets. In order to do this, you must work alongside a steadily growing band of vicious mercenaries to raid the homes of the various weak and innocent creatures, pillaging all of their valuable belongings, and selling them off for an exorbitant price to the guillible townsfolk. Eventually you may become the most powerful and merciless Capitalist in the land, and eventually the world, and possibly exceeding that, ascending far beyond the reaches of time, space, and all of reality*.
*May not necessarily be true.
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cptpost
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Played thru the story in one very long sitting, I wish there were more games like this.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
30 of 41 people (73%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Fairy Loan shark enslaves 10 year old girl whos parents have abandoned her....

But actually this game is really worth playing and I have to say I'm quite glad that it doesnt have achievements as Id probably end up spending 100+ hours on it.

Pro's
+ Unique Gameplay
+ Character progression (both you and companions)
+ Addictive
+ High difficulty to complete a "single loop"
+ Ripping old men off
+ Well fleshed out JRPG
+ Can run on pretty much any system.

Negatives
+ Gamepad is better than M&K
+ Limited Graphics options
+ A little childish at times.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
I feel sorry for the poor sods whose deceased grandmothers leave them cherries and walnut bread for when "times get tough." I felt especially bad when I gave them 25% of what the item was actually worth and then resold it at 300% mark-up during a famine.

Am an awful person, 10/10 game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This is a merchant game. It's a good idea to look at a guide before playing because the game contains a lot content that can be confusing. The story can be beaten fast or long depending on how you choose to play, but unlocking everything seems to be very time consuming. There is a new game plus and survival mode as well. If you fail to pay your weekly debt on the last day of the month or anytime before that you will reset to day 2 and loose money, but keep all progress and items. I can't find any flaws with the game but I recommend you read a guide with the pricing tables before playing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
You play a little girl and her best friend the loan shark, and your job is to screw money out of people who are peddling their dead grandmother's cherries. Follow the story and collect a band of hired muscle to acquire "items" to offload towards the goal of paying off your unscrupulous family debt.

A delight for all capitalists aged 3 and up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I beleive that this game is one of the best, dare I say, "Teaching" games out there. Not only does it teach you the fundementals of economics in a fun way, but also about knowing your costumer. I believe this game should have more attention than it has at the moment, and is worth the money to play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
Capitalism Ho!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
"Capitalism, ho!" This is one of those games that you don't understand is great until you play it. I played a fair amount off of Steam despite my hours here, and it's a great "chill out and just play" type of game. If you see it on a Steam sale especially, I would highly recommend picking it up. Devs made a solid experience and it's fun for all ages.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
>pixie forces lil kiddie girl to pay back some mortage
>lil girl enjoys going into dungeons with guys
>spoilt brats always complaining my sh*t too expensive
>old men love buying my ♥♥♥♥
>fail to pay back my load and lil girl has to live in cardboard box

10/10 would play again
oh and "Capitalism, Ho" *random hand gesture*
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835 of 859 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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