DIYGamer: "Next time you’re off galavanting around a massive RPG world, slaying monsters and fulfilling your destiny, spare a thought for the shopkeeper in the last town who sold you all your gear. Without them, you’d be a nobody – you’d have no sword, no armor, no healing products. Confined to a live of standing behind that counter, all for your benefit.
Except that, thanks to satirical shopkeep-em-up Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, we now know the truth – RPG shopkeepers lead an even more exciting life than their customer heroes. Recettear is a wonderfully unique take on the genre, with great dialogue and plenty to see and do. It can be a little too difficult to begin with, but stick at it and you’ll find one of the best RPGs of the year."