Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale Review

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale is exactly what it says on the tin – a game about running an item shop.

My first reaction to this was “what? an item shop owner? I always wanted to be a merchant in an RPG when I was a child.”

I’m kidding, I wanted to be a super-powered chef. So yeah, the premise of the game is a bit “meh” but moving on, here’s what I think about Recettear.

Recettear review

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale Review

The main character is Recette whose father racked up a huge debt. Her father is missing so our heroine has to pay it off. Tear is a fairy from the debt collection agency who suggests that Recette convert the first floor of her house into an item shop.

The mechanics of the game are pretty simple – Recette goes to the guild shop and buys items that she can resell at her shop. The basics: buy low, sell high.

There are factors to consider when buying and selling such as supply and demand but it’s not really that hard to master. All the player has to do is sell items at a markup.

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale Review – Characters

If I had to pick the best thing I liked about the game I would definitely choose the characters. They are so lovable, funny, and fun to play. Recette is your basic friendly ditz/airhead type while Tear is the older, much more worldy-wise, and witty character.

During the course of the story, various characters will pop up at various locations and also visit the shop. These characters are either there for color or they can be fighters that can team up with Recette to go dungeoneering. Each character has his or her own backstory and I liked almost all of them. The exception is that scammer! Argh, she makes me so mad when she sells highly inflated items to me (well, she sells them to Recette but I am the one playing as her so it’s me).

Recettear – Dungeons

Speaking of dungeoneering, this was one of my favorite parts of the game. It’s really not that good, it’s just your basic old school dungeon fighting minigame but I liked it. It’s a fun way to break up the monotony of buying and selling day after day after day.

In the dungeons, Recette and Tear (from now on I will call them R+T) come along but they are protected by a force field so they aren’t attacked. To even start going to dungeons R+T must befriend an adventurer from the adventurer’s guild. this is because they are not fighters. So the duo go along with a fighter who does all of the work for them. Pretty sweet gig for those two, huh? Let someone else do the fighting and reap then benefits!

Despite the fact that clearing dungeons is fun, it is not really that profitable. Most of the money is in buying and selling items.

Recettear Review – Difficulty

In the beginning tutorial, which was mercifully brief, Tear told Recette that she can markup items at 30% higher. This makes me feel a bit mad because this information is false. Argh! You can get the best results by only putting in a small markup and giving your customers a good bargain without haggling too much.


Once I realized my mistake, I did the game over and finished it easily on the second loop. I would say that the difficulty of the game is nil. It’s pretty easy.

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale Review – Conclusion

Overall, Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale is a decent game. I think it’s fun and colorful. However, regarding value for money, it currently cosst $20 at which I feel is a bit much for something I only played for a few hours. If you are okay with paying that much then I can recommend this game as good, clean fun.


Why I Play MMORPGs

Massively multiplayer online rolelaying games (MMORPGs, also called MMOs for short) like World of Warcraft, Everquest, Dark Ages of Camelot, Runescape, Age of Conan, etc. are online games that are like a microcosm of real life. As a player who has been through many ups and downs, from the early days when I first played Runescape to today’s launch of the English version of ArcheAge, I have learnt many useful things from MMO games.

Why I Play MMORPGs

No Game No Life

My favorite gif from the anime No Game No Life. What they are saying here: “NO MERCY!”

1 – They are free. Not all of them are free, but a significant number are free to play (f2p). Yeah, I am cheap.

2 – I get to meet people from all over the world. It’s fun and in real life I would probably not know a wheelchair bound UK retiree, Romanian college student, Singaporean businessman, Hawaiian family man, Canadian aspiring chef, and tons of housewives of different ages. I love to listen to their daily lives. For some reason we talk about food a lot. 🙂

3 – Players are creative. Since MMORPG players often play everyday, we tend to get immersed in our game and this spills over into our artistic endeavors. I, for example, blog about MMORPGs, while my friends create fanart, poetry, fiction, etc. about our favorite games and the MMORPG gaming culture.

4 – I have free time. I’m sure almost all of us have at least an hour each day of free time. I like to spend mine playing games.

5 – MMORPG gaming is deep. It might not seem so at first when you are a newbie but gradually, as you level up, you will discover that the endgame is totally different from your staring days. For example, whereas your normal player would kill or craft things to earn in-game money, there are player merchants who buy and sell. The concept is simple: buy low, sell high. But how do you know when items are going to rise in price? Heh, it’s not always easy.

6 – I have a daily routine. I know, you probably think this is dumb but I actually do enjoy doing a lot of different things everyday. I get a good feeling when I finish my tasks for the day.

7 – MMOs are very social. Once you start playing a lot it’s really fun to join a player guild/clan. It adds another layer of complexity and fun to the gaming experience.

8 – There is no winning or losing. Honestly, there isn’t. In MMORPGs you can play the way you want. You can powerlevel or you can just stand at the city square all day long chatting with people. It’s cool.

I think most people who play MMORPGs probably feel the same way. What do you think?

The Daily Post

Today’s writing prompt:

“You’ve been given the opportunity to send one message to one person you wouldn’t normally have access to (for example: the President. Kim Kardashian. A coffee grower in Ethiopia). Who’s the person you choose, and what’s the message?”

– from the Daily Post

I would send a message to the Andrew Gower, the original owner and creator of the game Runescape, to thank him for all the years I spent having fun playing it. I would also ask him to buy back the version 1 (Runescape Classic) and let people run their own servers.

Pumpkin Online

Pumpkin Online is a game I have been hearing about on Tumblr. It’s a farming MMO and dating simulation in one, similar to Harvest Moon. An additional thing that makes me interested in this is that it promotes diversity in gaming, as I first read about on Tumblr.

I’m hoping to be if not the first, one of the few African American women who leads a successful game franchise. Yay for being a double minority! We need more girls having lead roles in the Game Industry!

However, not everyone is a fan. Another indie developer who has a similar project points out that it’s a bad idea to make your first game ever an MMORPG. It’s probably best to cut your teeth on something less ambitious your first time out.

Pumpkin Online Kickstarter

MMO Games – They are so grindy like my life

Grind, in massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, is pretty much inevitable. Of course, grinding or the repetition of actions, also exists in other games but it is especially noticeable in MMORPGs. Your old school MMORPG was pretty much all grinding.

I mean, instead of just doing something once, you have to do it thousands of times. You don’t kill one rat, you have to spend 3 days killing rats and other vermin in the newbie hunting grounds so you can level up enough to finish the beginner quests.

Why is that?

Best Upcoming MMORPG Games 2015 – the Daily Post

I play games primarily on the PC so I enjoy online games very much. One of the most enjoyable games for me is the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game or MMORPG. For a long time now I have been searching for the MMORPG. The one that will finally satisfy my craving for a social multiplayer game set in an immersive open world, with thousands of other players.

What is the best MMORPG?

I’m still looking but here are some thoughts about the subject.

Best MMORPG 2015 List – so far this is the most useful article I have found about upcoming MMORPG games. Also seems more genuine than most, with fewer overhyped Korean/Asian grinders than other top lists. It seems to me that every year there is some new game from Korea that is “oh so awesome, this is so different” but it always turns out to be exactly the same as every other Korean MMORPG – with prettier graphics.

Based on that list, there are quite a few interesting MMO games coming soon. The same people who wrote that also compiled this video.

Top MMORPG 2015 – Upcoming Games Video

Something else that I very much like:

Pumpkin Online – as IndieGamingMag puts it, the majority of gamers are in fact adult females, not pimply-faced teenagers or adult man-children who live in their mother’s basement, as the TV shows and other media would have you believe. If the Big Bang Theory was more true-to-life it would probably be Penny gaming for 48 hours every weekend. Though I do recall that there was one episode where she got addicted to Age of Conan. 😉

Anyway, Pumpkin Online is a somewhat girly MMO, no doubt about it. What’s the game about?

You create a character, select a profession, build your farm (and customize it, both inside and out), craft items, complete quests, and develop friendships and romances with NPCs.

It’s basically a Harvest Moon MMORPG.

The Daily Post

We’ve all had exchanges where we came up with the perfect reply — ten minutes too late. Write down one of those, but this time, make sure to sign off with your grand slam (unused) zinger.

Today’s Daily Post

I know it’s not terribly original but I find that: “your mom” makes people laugh and ends the discussion very quickly. This can only be used with friends for non-serious discussions.


Him: “What, you think World of Warcraft is still worth playing? It sucks hard.”

Me: “Like your mom!”

It’s juvenile but it works.