It has been eight years (more if we count the Japanese release) since Recettear was released in the United States and the first game localized by studio Carpe Fulgur. Similar to titles like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing, the charming combination of genres became a cult hit. As of last year, the game sold around 500,000 copies, and there have been many imitators and attempts to outdo it. Yet despite the many indie games that have, Recettear still remains the top, and we’re going to take a closer look at shop simulators to find out why.
Recettear was one of those games that just quietly appeared on PC to become a cult hit. The act of rogue-light dungeon crawling with selling the goods you pick up became a chocolate and peanut-butter kind of design. Since then, we have seen attempts made at tackling it, but no one has managed to hit that sweet spot.
Moonlighter is the latest game to step up to the plate and comes close, but doesn’t quite reach that excitement of capitalism and combat.