Do you love playing Recettear - An Item Shop's Tale as much as I do? More than 100 hours playing time are recorded to my Steam account. So I searched for some alternative games and checked whether I can enjoy them as much as I enjoyed playing Recettear.
What are the most important characteristics of the game?
- Set up and expand your own item shop
- Travel to dungeons to find items to sell and crafting materials
- Visit the town to meet new companions and to buy cheap items
- Open your store and negotiate with customers to make big profits
These are the games similar to Recettear that I can recommend you.
Rune Factory is a game series where the player works on a farm and fights in dungeons. On your farm, you can grow and sell different kinds of vegetables. When you travel to dungeons, you can be tame beaten monsters which then either can help you on adventures or they stay on your farm to produce goods to sell.
In Shop Heroes you are also an item shop manager and you have to expand, upgrade and customize your shop. But you won't fight in dungeons as in Recettear - you just hire heroes and send them on adventures to bring you treasures. You do not work alone in your shop, it's possible to hire and train workers with many different abilities. The town around your shop can be expanded with new buildings and upgrades for the buildings to unlock new heroes, increase resource regeneration rate, and much more.
If you don't mind that Shop Heroes is a free-to-play game, this game is worth to play it.
Shoppe Keep lets you run an adventurers shop. Offer your stuff for the right price to be profitable, but don't be too expansive, otherwise your customers will start to steal items. Protect your inventory against thieves and even wild barbarians invading the town. Since you are busy running your shop, you have no time to go on adventures yourself to find items to sell, thus you have to hire a champion, equip him with your best stuff and send him out to find new items for your shop. Your champion will also gain experience and become stronger with every new adventure. When your business is running good, you can even buy robotic helpers called Helper Bots to support you with the tasks in your shop.
The games of The Guild series take place in the 15th and 16th century in Germany. The player can choose a profession and can manage his own business. The professions you can choose cover many real professions of that time like being a Blacksmith, Preacher, Innkeeper or something more unconventional like being a thief. Found a dynasty and lead it to wealth and might. Besides caring for your business, you also should expand your residential building and find a wife and get children. Sabotage rival dynasties and start a political career to increase your power and influence.
This game is by far the most realistic simulation game from my list, if you especially enjoy the managing aspects and do not attach too much importance of the fighting part of Recettear, The Guild is definitely a good alternative!
Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island
Atelier Annie is a spin-off from the Atelier game series in which you play a girl named Annie. Her family is concerned about her because of her laziness and decide to send her to Sera Island to learn Alchemy and help to turn the island into a resort. The king has arranged a competition and the reward for the biggest contribution to the renovation of the island may marry the prince or princess. That is enough motivation for Annie to learn alchemy and become a good alchemist. Annie has to go hunt monsters in turn-based battles to find materials to craft items. Materials can have many different traits. Annie's alchemy skills will improve and she learns how to create the items for the contest. Depending on her place in the contest, she receives a prize money which can be used for the resort building. She also owns a shop, but the managing of her shop can be assigned to different characters.
Chantelise - A Tale of Two Sisters
Chantelise - A Tale of Two Sisters is like Recettear, but without the item shop part. The graphics, characters and the battle system are very similar. This is no wonder because both games were developed by EasyGameStation. Chantelise tells the story of the two sisters Chante and Elise who travel together to free Chante from a curse which turned her into a fairy.
If you like the battle system of Recettear and don't care for the item shop part of the game, you will also like Chantelise!
Weapon Shop De Omasse is a humorous weapon shop game which adds some rhythm game elements to this genre. You will have to use your hammer in the given rhythm to create a powerful weapon. But instead of selling the weapons to heroes, you just lend them to the heroes for their quests. If they succeed you will get your weapon back plus collected items and a lending fee. The weapon will also receive experience points and the weapon's stats can be improved. When a hero fails his quest, the weapon you lent him will be lost, so think twice which weapon fits to which hero. Your goal is to forge weapons that are powerful enough to defeat the big villain on his arrival.
Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!
You are a potato living in a potato world and you inherit the weapon shop of your father. Recruit smiths and train them to produce the strongest weapons in the potato world! Forge and enchant weapons and decide which of the questing heroes your produced weapons fit best and sell them these weapons.
This game focuses on being an item shop management simulation. Explore the world and discover new materials to produce even better weapons!
This one is a mixture between a restaurant simulation and a dungeon crawler. So instead of owning an item shop, you own a bar. But you visit dungeons and fight monsters to collect ingredients to cook and serve delicious meals to your guests. Meet different companions which will come with you to fight together with you in turn-based battles. Later on in the game you will also be able to sow and harvest seeds to get ingredients for you recipes. Cooked meals can either be sold to guests to make profit or consumed to gain experience points. You should better be successful and become the most popular bar in the town, otherwise your Rival might be able to take over your bar.
Dungeon Village has a different approach than the other games presented here, but might also be interesting for you when you like item shop games. In Dungeon Village you build a village in a typical RPG setting to attract heroes. When you successfully attracted heroes to come to your town, you can order them to fight monsters outside the city borders to complete quests. You can also hold events to improve the towns reputation and popularity.