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Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

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Podcast: What counts as a JRPG?

You’d think we could agree on four simple letters. But nothing is ever straightforward on RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. This week the gang are talking JRPGs, or Japanese role-playing games to use some real words for human people. Does a game have to be made in Japan to be defined as an JRPG? Or does it just need some bright colours and lots…

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Spawn Point: The best JRPGs for total beginners

Welcome back to Spawn Point, where we take an element from the world of gaming and explain what it is, why it's worth your time and how you can dip your toes in and get involved. Last time, Brendan gave you a 101 course in Final Fantasy XII, a JRPG that recently got spruced up for PC twelve years after its original launch on PlayStation…

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3 years ago

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The 50 Best RPG On PC

An entirely objective ranking of the 50 best PC RPGs ever released. Covering the entire history of computer role-playing games is a daunting task and attempting to place the best games in such a broad genre in any kind of order is even more daunting. Thankfully, we are equal to all tasks and below, you will find the best fifty PC RPGs of all time.

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7 years ago

A Wild Fortune Summoners Demo Appears

Just a quick one, as I'm supposed to be in the middle of cooking a curry and if my girlfriend catches me posting instead of chopping onions she'll... WhatwasthatohgodI'mgonnadie. Okay. Okay. It was only a passing seagull. Got to be speedy here. Side-scrolling RPG Fortune Summoners, the next translated Japanese indie game from Carpe Fulgur, now has an English-language demo. That's here, at a svelte…

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Interview: Chantelise, Fortune Summoners

Recettear merchants Carpe Fulgur recently released their second translated Japanese indie title, Chantelise, to the English-speaking world. The all-action dungeon-runner has been a little more divisive than its shopkeeping-centric predecessor, but it's definitely picked up fans. Seems like a good time to chat to Carpe Fulgur's Andrew Dice about the reception to the game, the debate over its difficulty, the argument around whether old Japanese…

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Impressions: Chantelise

I've spent a few hours nuzzling up to Chantelise, the next Westernised translation/do-over of a Japanese indie title from noble Recettear chaps Carpe Fulgur. Because I appear to be pretty terrible at the game, a full Wot I Think is probably some days off. Meantime though, here's some early impressions ahead of the release on Friday. It strongly evokes Recettear while being absolutely nothing like…

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Chantelise Demo, Chantelise Release Date

All of a sudden, we're just days away from the next release from the merchants of Recettear. Chantelise: A Tale Of Two Sisters is, as is Carpe Fulgur's M.O., a diligently-translated Western do-over of a Japanese indie title - in this case a dungeon crawler. Which means ACTION rather than COMMERCE. Chantelise will finally be released later this week- the 29th, specifically. You can warm…

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Be Lucky: Fortune Summoners

They've not even got out their second game Chantelise yet, but already Recettear's translator/Western publisher Carpe Fulgur have lifted the lid on project the third. It's another translation of a Japanese indie game - this time being side-scrolling RPG/platformer Fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone, which apparently has been something of a pet project for CF boss Andrew Dice. Have you heard of it?…

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8 years ago

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Post Mortem: Recettear

Recettear, o Recettear. The out-of-nowhere translation of EasyGameStation's Japanese indie shopkeeping/dungeoneering hybrid has done pretty well for itself, recently passing 100,000 sales with barely a whiff of marketing or promotion. While that's just 10% of Minecraft's paying userbase, it does proves that you don't need to go mega-viral to make the creation and selling of indie games a plausible career choice. Given that milestone and…

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Earnings Call: Recettear’s Follow-Up Revealed

Joyous tidings from Carpe Fulgur, translators/Western distributors of the ever-lovely indie shopkeeping game Recettear: they've only gone and sold 100,000 copies of the bally thing, without promotion or publisher and solely via digital distribution on PC. Oh, and they've cheekily revealed what the next Japanese indie title to pass through their Westernisotron will be...

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Steam Sale Day 2: Recettear For £4

Or rather "Recettear plus Gish, And Yet It Moves, Jolly Rover and Puzzle Agent" for £4/€4.5/$5." An incredible price for the incredibly lovely Recettear alone. Go gets. Also discounted today are EVE Online, Defense Grid, Cities XL, Audio Surf, Kane & Lynch 2 and Arkham Asylum. Only ten hours left, as the RPS collective was too busy waging its vigilante war against street crime last…

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A Right Old Racket: Recettear Profits

While the games industry at large continues to have a nice little a panic about declining retail sales and just a handful of games cornering the market, indie's looking masterfully strong right now. Yesterday, we got a sense of how many money-hats Minecraft's Notch gets to wear, and now we hear that marvellous profiteering/dungeoneering hybrid Recettear has "done what we barely hoped it would do."…

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Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale review

Shop-keeping/monster-biffing indie RPG Recettear is out at last, following Carpe Fulgur's elaborate translation of EasyGameStation's 2007 Japanese game. It arrived on Steam, Impulse and Gamersgate yesterday, and I've been playing it on and off during the last week. It seems prudent to report my findings. What I think is that this whimsical indie tale of manning the tills of a semi-stereotypical RPG item shop is…

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Recettear + Steam = Profit?

Well, hopefully. While I'm always of a mind that all games should be available on all possible digital distribution wotsits, it's hard to deny that getting the nod from Steam is good news for an indie title. And so is now the case for the lovely Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale - the translation of a gloriously bonkers Japanese game about playing as the owner…

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Opening Time: Recettear Dated’n’Priced

Cast your mind back. Back! Back to the distant, murky, forgotten times of July 19-22nd 2010. Life was so much different then. We could have been anything that we wanted to be. We were also talking excitedly about Recettear, the Japanese indie game that had you playing the owner of a cheerfully stereotypical RPG shop. All we had to go on was a demo. Now,…

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Talking Shop: Carpe Fulgur On Recettear

The demo of Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is one of the best things I've played in a while. A Japanese indie game pitching an RPG shopkeeper as the star... well, you can read all that in the last post. Given the slightly unusual nature of the project - it's only available here thanks to a third-party translation company- I thought I'd chat to said…

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Capitalism, Ho! Recettear

I really, really like this. Even though it arguably gets its core gag absolutely wrong. It's the old pun about why RPG shops are happy to repeatedly buy and sell the same old crap to the same old heroes writ large, as a rather funny and monstrously compulsive strategy-RPG hybrid. The fact there's an RPG in that... well, that's what it gets wrong. The RPG…

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