Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

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New Player's Guide - controls, configuration, manual, etc.
Welcome to the world of Recettear!

The first thing I suggest you do, before you start the game, is to run the configuration utility. You can get to this by clicking "Play" on your Steam client and choosing "Launch Configuration Tool".

This will show you a number of the technical options available for running the game, as well as give you an overview of the controls. Don't worry if you don't understand all the options/controls -- you shouldn't need to mess with them unless things go wrong or feel weird when you run the game.

Oops, I just jumped in, and now I can't figure out how to play it! What are the controls?

(Well you can always quit the game and run the config first. :P Anyway...)

This game defaults to ZXCV + arrow keys for its keyboard controls. (This is a common control scheme in Japanese indie games and some other games.) You can edit the controls in the config.

The game also works with gamepad (though I can't comment on it personally since I don't use one).

Why can't I fullscreen this?

The game might have some trouble running in fullscreen on Windows 10. Win10 apparently breaks native fullscreening for a number of games, unfortunately. I don't have Win10, but someone who has it recommends Borderless Gaming -- see this thread for more details.

How does this game even work? Is there a manual? I can't find it! Help!

The manual is located in the same folder as the game files -- in your Steam\steamapps\common\Recettear folder, there should be a subfolder called "manual", and in it, a file called manual.htm . Double-clicking that should open it in a browser, which will allow you to navigate through the manual.

How do I save the game? Does it autosave?

The game doesn't autosave, but you can save during the intermissions between time slots. You can also save when you're in a dungeon, but the save only counts you as before you enter the dungeon. To save the game, bring up the menu and select the save option. You also get to choose what slot to save your game to, so you can use multiple saves if you want. (Reloading saves to affect the RNG has limited effect, though.)

Quick tip on time management

It takes you no time to travel between the shop and the Adventurer's Guild, despite the Adventurer's Guild looking really far away, but if you go to any of the other town locations, it takes up one time slot the way normally going to town does.

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If you've got more questions, feel free to post them here.
Last edited by Mischievous Protagonist Quint; Jun 7, 2016 @ 9:33pm
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SpaceDrake  [developer] Jun 7, 2016 @ 9:34pm 
Well, this seems like a pretty good thread to pin, now doesn't it?

Also, once the EGS crew is finally less busy with Certain Other Things - not much longer now, hopefully! - we'll have them take a look at the fullscreening issues in Win10 and see if we can't finagle that into the client.
DarkSpark Jul 10, 2016 @ 6:02pm 
Just a tip: You can actually run config.exe while the game is running by navigating to the game directory and double-clicking it. I ended up doing this my first time playing to figure out the control scheme. I wouldn't recomend actually changing any settings while the game is running though as I haven't tested this yet.
Tianmi Aug 6, 2016 @ 12:03pm 
This is a very good guide. The key binding options however seem to be very limited. I can't use number keys for example. Am I the only experiencing limitations with key binding?
Mondae Sundae Sep 25, 2016 @ 11:07am 
You are not the only one. I am also experiencing limitations with key bindings.

Unfortunately, I experience ghosting with certain key combinations, and the keyboard setup I usually use doesn't work. I'm sure I'll figure out something else that works though.
cowbell Oct 21, 2016 @ 10:44am 
Did you patch the game that fixes the various issues with equipping characters, crafting grind, and other QoL stuff?
Originally posted by cowbell:
Did you patch the game that fixes the various issues with equipping characters, crafting grind, and other QoL stuff?
I'm not a programmer, so I haven't done any patching.



Originally posted by Mondae Sundae:
You are not the only one. I am also experiencing limitations with key bindings.

Unfortunately, I experience ghosting with certain key combinations, and the keyboard setup I usually use doesn't work. I'm sure I'll figure out something else that works though.
What keybindings are you using?

I'm currently playing on a laptop keyboard and I'm using:
up/down/left/right: arrow keys
confirm/action: Z
cancel/skill: B
item details/skill select: left shift
camera: Q (rarely ever used)
pause menu: spacebar
skill hotkeys: A S D C V

When playing Caillou I rarely ever use skill select but just use the hotkeys. I think I'll be doing that with other adventurers too but I just haven't used them recently.
Last edited by Mischievous Protagonist Quint; Oct 21, 2016 @ 11:45am
so, it's been almost a year, just wanted to check and now if there's no solution from the devs about different resolutions of the game. I play mostly on-the-run with a widescreen notebook, and I suffer =(
Originally posted by JohnnyC - @proveisso - Yuske:
so, it's been almost a year, just wanted to check and now if there's no solution from the devs about different resolutions of the game. I play mostly on-the-run with a widescreen notebook, and I suffer =(
Can you do letterboxed fullscreen or borderless windowed fullscreen using that utility?
Last edited by Mischievous Protagonist Quint; Apr 18 @ 7:49pm
I wonder if this may be helpful: http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/860-chantelise-resolution-switcher/
Chantelise is another game from the same devs.
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