Recettear: An Item Shop Tale is an enchanting action RPG designed as a business simulation. It features clever dialogue, anime-style graphics, and an adorably airheaded heroine named Recette. After a week of playing it, I can say that I’m certifiably obsessed.
When Recette learns of her father’s untimely death at the claws of a dragon, she is forced to either pay back her father’s debt or lose her house. She decides to pay back the debt by starting an item shop on the first floor of her house, aided and abetted by Tear, the fairy who has come to collect the debt. Recette names the shop “Recettear” by combining their two names, and just like that, they’re in business.