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#1 Kimbley

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 04:40 AM

http://www.carpefulgur.com/recettear/

In a nutshell, it's a doujin game released by EasyGameStation that's actually getting an release in English about a little girl named Recet that's running an item shop with a debt collector, the fairy Tear, in order to pay off her missing adventurer father's debt. I've played through the demo a few times and it's pretty fun - there's the shop keeping part which is a lot funner than I expected (You're only able to sell in the beginning, but you can level up your merchant skill and as you do, you unlock the ability to buy things from customers or help them find items, etc.) where you can buy things from the market and merchant guild and sell them for higher in your shop. The other half of the game is the dungeon crawling, where Recet and Tear tag after an adventurer through a dungeon, having him fight monsters to collect items to sell in the shop. I'm actually not very good at this part, but I still had a lot of fun.

What caught my eye and got me interested in Recettear wasn't the game, but the story behind the localizaion - Carpe Fulgur is pretty much a fledgling publishing company, with Recettear being their first project. I'm hoping it'll do well (I've already pre-ordered the game) and encourage them to localize more games, especially from EGS.

Siliconera's got some pretty interesting articles about the localization and interviews with Carpe Fulgur's founders:

http://www.siliconera.com/2010/08/26/carpe-fulgur-on-the-relationship-with-easygamestation/
http://www.siliconera.com/2010/09/02/carpe-fulgur-on-localizing-recettear/
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Posted 12 September 2010 - 12:13 PM

I got the game when it was released and have been playing it a while now. Very addicting as usual with games of this kind - I like it very much :) At first the art put me off a little, but after seeing it ingame it doesn't bother me any more.
The fact that the store is run by a ditzy girl helped by a serious fairy reminds me of Atelier Annie :P But yeah, I find it a great little game, will definitely recommend. (Although I haven't managed to complete it yet...)

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 04:25 AM

If you're looking for another Atelier game that's focused on life simulation rather than RPG gameplay, then I've heard the upcoming Atelier Rorona fits that description.

So far, Recettear is available in English only through Steam, GamersGate, and ImpulseDriven. (It costs $20 US on any of them.) All three services are dominated by western games that tend to be dark and serious... so a cute, non-serious game like Recettear stands out a bit.

Also, Carpe Fulgur has a forum now. Fans on its forum are already discussing which doujin soft and Japanese Windows games might be good choices for future localizations.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 02:27 PM

I am not sure how long it is going to ask but this game is 50% off ($9.99) right now at http://store.steampo...com/app/70400/.
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