Recettear - An Item Shop's Tale
Meant to point this out a while back as I haven't seen anyone else mention it, but since they've just announced a release date of September 10th (ish)....
Recettear - An Item Shop's Tale. It's basically an RPG/management game in which you have to own and operate your own "generic fantasy item shoppe" in order to pay off your father's debts, with a bit of rogue-style dungeon crawling and "princess maker" style time management to boot. The (fairly big) demo is well worth a download.
Kind of reminds me a bit of one of the Dragon Quest games (I forget which one) where in one of the chapters you control a merchant rather than a typical JRPG character.
Couple of RPS write-ups of it here:
and the demo is here:
hopefully it does well, the studio behind it seems keen on taking a lot of these obscure little japanese games and giving them a proper localisation job for the west...
What are those other projects you’re hoping to work on?
Well, it’s still a little early to think about that – we need to get Recettear out the door after all – but if we let our heads drift into the clouds, we’d like to do EGS’ upcoming project Territoire. It’s really interesting and is rather like the illicit lovechild of Civilization and Final Fantasy Tactics. We’d also like to work on our own release of Chantelise, the game EGS made prior to Recettear. It’s a bit more of a traditional, Zelda-64-esque dungeon experience, but it’s still very well made and the music is incredible. DHM Interactive did their own version for Europe, but we’d like to take a stab at a dedicated English version.