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    Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

    Game » consists of 3 releases. Released Dec 31, 2007

    A top-down action RPG and item shop tycoon game for PC by doujin/indie circle EasyGameStation and localized by Carpe Fulgur for English-speaking audiences. You play the role of Recette, a young girl who opens an item shop to repay the debts incurred by her missing father.

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    An RPG with a slightly different beat

    Recettear is the story of Recet Lemongrass, who open a shop to pay off her dad's loan and avoid living in a cardboard box.  This innocent girl must earn ever increasing amounts of money to make payments to the faerie who guides her, Tear.

    As an RPG, Recet gains levels as she buys and sells.  There is some small bit of haggling with customers, but the real meat is in managing inventory and responding to local demands.  Recet buys and sell from a variety of markets and invidiuals, and can also hire adventurers to loot dungeons for her.

    The dungeon looting is pretty straightforward, but is also fun.  There's an exit every 5 levels, and your inventory fills quickly.  Because the dungeons are randomly generatred and there are several characters to choose from, the dungeons don't get too repetitive.  Searching for items in them can be a minor headache, though, when you have a particular customer request that you are supposed to fill. 

    The game controls well too, when using a gamepad.  Recettear supports playing with the keyboard or with a gamepad, although I strongly recommend using a gamepad if you have one.  The game doesn't use the mouse in any way, but does allow for customization of the controls through a separate program.

    There's at least 10-12 hours worth of gameplay here in the primary story mode alone.  After completing the game, both New Game+ and Survival modes open up.  There's also an item encyclopedia that players may want to fill out after finishing the game, and when watching the credits I realized I hadn't befriended or even met all the adventurers in my first play through.  It seems that there is a healthy amount of replay value here.

    The localization is also pretty good, and there's a fair dash of humor in the dialogue.  I would strongly recommend this game to fans of RPGs, as Recettear is both familiar enough to hit on the high points of the genre but different enough to feel like a new experience.  This game also has a demo, which was what sold me on it (I never would have bought it from the screenshots).  I think Recettear has been worth its cost to me, and I recommend people check it out.

    Other reviews for Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale (PC)

      “Capitalism Ho!” 0

      What do you get when you combine JRPG and Business Simulation? Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale. Featuring a one-of-a-kind system of bartering and classic, Zelda-esque dungeon crawling mechanics, Recettear is innovative and thoroughly entertaining. Being in debt never has been so fun!  While it starts out like your typical JRPG – waking up after oversleeping and neglecting your newfound responsibilities – you are quickly thrown into starting your item shop.    In this game you play as Recette Lemo...

      61 out of 64 found this review helpful.

      "Pie-kay!" A Review of the Charming Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale 0

      About six and a half years ago, Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale was released for the PC in the US. It had been out for three years prior to that in Japan, meaning the game is ten years old this year. Recettear is a game where you don't play as an adventurer; instead, you play as the proprietor of the item shop those adventurers frequent. I heard about it around the time of release and thought it sounded pretty cool. Some number of years after it came out, I bought it during a Steam sale, kind of ...

      3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

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