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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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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
I didn't think much of the game at first - it sat in my library from a Humble Bundle for about 4 years.

Then I picked it up because I remembered my friend talking about capitalism and such.

Needless to say, I instantly got hooked onto the buying & selling gameplay - and the little mix of JRPG dungeon crawling elements added onto that really create a nice balanced gameplay. Recommended for everyone, especially those who love the concept of running their own shop.

In terms of actual content and replayability, I'm 35~ hours into the game but haven't even completed "the major dungeon" yet. Not to mention there are a whole lot of characters you can play as in dungeons - I've only tinkered around with 2 or 3.

10/10, amazing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Capitalism, HO!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.5 hrs on record
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Posted: October 8
Capitalism HO!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
A shop simulator with dungeon crawling thrown into the mix! So far, the game is too chatty for me, but I'm glad that I can skip events. The only problem is that I'm on my fourth loop and have a tendency to skip every event because I can't be bothered to check if it's new or not. It would be great if the game could remember what I've already seen, but I'm not going to knock any points. So far, I've lived in a carboard box twice. Capitalism, ho! 7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
capitalism, ho!
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
While the whole concept of running an item shop is novel, horrible dungeon music and meh combat and monsters didn't make this too fun to play
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2 of 30 people (7%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Love the idea but the game is to hard. You have to pay a morgage each month and though the first weeks are doable, the payments soon rise so high i didnt have a fighting chance to meet them. I was close to the 80000 payment but never managed it, i always was 5000 to 8000 short. And i tried many, many times.

Dont know how the dungeons are because i never understud how to get started on them.

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840 of 864 people (97%) found this review helpful
19 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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539 of 555 people (97%) found this review helpful
14 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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473 of 503 people (94%) found this review helpful
28 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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38.3 hrs
Posted: October 24
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Itou Triton
16.1 hrs
Posted: October 23
Who knew that capitalism could be so fun?

I will say that this game is difficult to beat if you don't look things up, but it is still very entertaining if you don't. Dungeoneering is not worth your time, sadly which is a shame since the game provides great insight into their lives.
There are many little quirks that make this game entertaining and I love it.
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23.7 hrs
Posted: October 20
A surprisingly fun game for a very cheap price. To developers: is there a sequel?
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gato certified dino hunter
0.4 hrs
Posted: October 16
Product received for free
yay!! i love capitalism!!!
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apian patellae
6.2 hrs
Posted: October 14
Product received for free
action packed game about anime or something
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3.1 hrs
Posted: October 11
Sold bread to a hungry customer for a price that could've bought more at the market. Customer thanked me. Felt guilty. Customer came back. Still sold at the same overpriced rate.
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