Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

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Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale cover
Carpe Fulgur
Release dates
Windows December 2007
Metacritic 82
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General information

Official site - Japanese Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Japanese only.
DRM-free after installation (requires an internet connection during installation)
Version 1.106. English only.
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DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Install the latest patch to remove DRM.
Windows (unavailable)
Demo version available at the official site.

Essential improvements[edit]


Latest patch can be downloaded from the official site. and Steam versions should be up to date (though installing the patch on the Steam version will remove the DRM).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\recet.ini[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/70400/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save.dat[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/70400/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Configuration tool.
Configuration tool.
Window settings.
Window settings.
This game uses a launch configuration tool for video and input settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3 resolutions only (640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, and 1280x960)
4K Ultra HD
Resolution can be overridden using DgVoodoo2 (widescreen not recommended, try 1440x1080 (1080p), 1920x1440 (1440p), or 2880x2160 (4K))
Field of view (FOV)
Freely resizeable with optional aspect ratio lock. Resized from selected base resolution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Force in the graphics card control panel. Supersampling can be forced with Nvidia Profile Inspector. MSAA can also be applied with DgVoodoo2
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default. Can be forced off in the graphics card control panel. Ensure that you do not force "fast" vsync.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Options for 60, 30, 20, 12 or 6 FPS cap.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
All keys have to be bound at once.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse not used in game.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Only configuration utility and windowed mode buttons.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput and DirectInput.
Full controller support
Configuration utility can't be navigated with controller, but is separate executable. May require initial setup with mouse and keyboard.
Controller remapping
All keys have to be bound at once.
Controller sensitivity
Digital movement.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg Also used for keyboard.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

General in-game settings.
General in-game settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound and voice.
Surround sound
Almost all speech is text. Actual speech is single words and expressions.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Only one language included with every version. With Steam it's possible to change version from game properties.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English version has no speech; everything is text-based.

Issues fixed[edit]

Frame drops and stuttering on Windows 10[edit]

Disable MaximizedWindowedModeShim[citation needed]
  1. Download patched d3d8.dll.
  2. Extract d3d8.dll to the installation folder.

Game crashes when starting in full screen mode[edit]

Start in Windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Start the game in windowed mode.
  2. Change to full screen mode with Alt+ Enter.
Change desktop resolution[citation needed]
  1. Reduce your desktop resolution to 1024x768.

Game crashes on startup / No sound during gameplay[edit]

Fix only applicable to ASUS Xonar Soundcard
Changing settings[citation needed]
  1. Open Xonar Control Panel
  2. Under DSP, deactivate GX

Game crashes / Non-responsive main menu[edit]

Install update patch[citation needed]
  1. Install the update patch from the official website. This will stop freezing during certain sequences. It will also remove the DRM from the Steam version.
Using compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Run recettear.exe using Windows XP Compatibility mode
Disable Steam Overlay[citation needed]
  1. Go to the game's properties
  2. Disable "Steam Overlay"

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.7 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1700+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB (XP)
512 MB (Vista/7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 700 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/70400/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (70400) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.