If you like selling the loot from your extensive dungeon crawling more than the actual dungeon, there’s a game made especially for you. In Recettear, you play as a young shop owner who buys low, sells high, and appeases her Fairy Loan Shark. Don’t let the cutesy Japanese graphics fool you, this game is seriously addicting.
Our hero, Recette, has some serious debt, and what better way to make the crushing payments than to sell items to adventurers? At first you can only sell small, basic items, and your customers barely know you. I ended up failing...a lot. But it seems that the game is built around such failure, as you restart with all of your goodies and bonuses. One word of advice-- when you’re just starting out, barely charge any price markup (maybe 3%) and customers will LOVE you and your cheap deals. Use this goodwill to gouge them later!
There’s plenty going on in the town, with cute vignettes showing more of the story of the game. Cold-hearted capitalists can go straight to the merchant’s guild though, and nab anything that they can overcharge for later. Adventuring might not be the most efficient use of your time, but it’s way more fun, and I love a good dungeon crawl, of course. Bring the best loot back to sell in your shop, or craft even better things later.
With so much going on in this game, it’s easy to get sucked in. I suffered from some serious One-More-Turn-itis, playing well into the night and probably annoying my neighbors with loud, cutesy Japanese music and voice acting. But I got to fulfill all my dreams (and nightmares) of becoming a bookstore owner, so it was totally worth it.
The Dungeon Dame
The Dungeon Dame