Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

Final patch (formerly) available from Carpe Fulgur for non-Steam versions of the game.

Alternatively, it can also be applied to the Steam version to remove the Steam dependency, making it legally DRM-free (and more usable under Wine).

Application Details:

Version: 1.108
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 9.0-rc3

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Link Carpe Fulgur - Recettear main page (archived)

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Tested the basics:

  • Running the game
  • Starting a new game
  • Doing the shopkeeping basics (buy, sell)
  • Visiting the dungeons (so far with the Hall of Trials)
  • Configuring the game (custom.exe)
  • Checking out the opening movie (no need to install codec packs or WMV redists - gstreamer-libav will do!)

The game looks correctly playable without crashes

What does not

Sound is quite the problem on Recettear, just like in many games that relied on the long deprecated DirectMusic API for its sounds. See the application notes on the AppDB for the gory details, but suffice to say: either you get lag-free sounds and broken music, or laggy sounds and perfect music, depending on your choice of DLL overrides.


See the application notes for the possible workarounds to get sounds and music working on this game.

What was not tested

Completing a game in any mode - just played enough to test the basics of gameplay, which is basically the bulk of the core game experience.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

Tested using the retail English version bought from Steam, then patched with Carpe Fulgur's final 1.108 patch for non-Steam versions to remove the Steam requirement (as that version uses CEG to protect the executable), to make it more Wine-friendly.

Note that Carpe Fulgur (the publisher of the English version) went out of business a few years ago, so there is no way to get any kind of support for Recettear's English localization, and the game has been delisted from all online stores but Steam.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 12.x "Bookworm" x86_64Dec 25 20239.0-rc3N/A Yes YesGoldTom Maneiro 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 12.x "Bookworm" x86_64Dec 03 20238.21N/A Yes YesGoldTom Maneiro 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 12.x "Bookworm" x86_64Nov 02 20238.19N/A Yes YesGoldTom Maneiro 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 12.x "Bookworm" x86_64Oct 14 20238.18N/A Yes YesGoldTom Maneiro 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Oct 23 20151.7.53Yes Yes GoldNicolò Ancellotti 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
56027 DirectMusic-related problems with Recettear NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

How to get sound working on Recettear

Recettear uses DirectMusic for all of its in-game sounds, which was quite common for Windows games made in the late '90s, but was already deprecated by Microsoft for when the original Japanese version got released in 2007 (and essentially gone from the DirectX SDKs by 2010, when the initial English version shipped).

These are your options to get in-game sounds working - pick your poison:

  1. Use native DirectMusic DLLs. You can easily install those via winetricks - install "directmusic" instead of just "dmusic", as DirectMusic actually requires several DLLs (including DirectSound - you MUST use native DLLs for this too, and) and this verb will pick up all the needed dependencies.
    • Pros:
      • All music and sound effects will work as intended, just like in Windows.
    • Cons:
      • Sound effects will play with some lag.
      • The opening movie will BREAK (how broken? Depends on which quartz.dll implementation is being used, but no matter if native or internal, the movie will not play properly. You may delete recet_op.wmv from the game install dir if you don't care - the game will skip the movie if it doesn't exist)
      • DLL overrides may break other games in different ways, so it's strongly encouraged for the user to create app-specific overrides only for recettear.exe.
  2. Upgrade to at least Wine 8.18. Historically, Wine's DirectMusic implementation has been poor, but it finally started improving favorably in late 2023, and 8.18 is the first version where Recettear has working sound out of the box... mostly.
    • Pros:
      • No need for DLL overrides at all - you can use a completely stock prefix!
      • Opening movie (recet_op.wmv) will play correctly (install gstreamer-libav from your distro for movies to work - WMV9 runtimes or Win32 codec packs are no longer needed!)
      • Sound effects have no lag.
    • Cons:
      • Sound effects may not play sometimes - it's a relatively uncommon occurrence, but from time to time a single sound effect may skip playing.
      • Music playback is severely bugged: tracks will not loop, tracks will not stop playing when switching scenes (often ending with many different tracks playing at the same time!).
      • Sound volume controls do NOT work at all - all sounds and music will play at the default volume, and this also means you can't silence the bugged music either!

FWIW, Recettear is known to have compatiblity problems with Windows 10, and amazingly it works fine on 98SE/Me (despite the minimum requirements stating XP or later!). Such is life with quirky niche Japanese games like this one...