Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s the start of a new year and with it comes a brand new post series!! Yes, ladies and gents, you read that right… this post is the inaugural post in my brand new Thrifty Gamer series! What is the Thrifty Gamer series? Well, I’m glad you asked!! 😉
So, not too long ago, I was a poor college student, struggling to make ends meet, with the cost of books, my meager retail slave wages were barely enough for me to break even at the end of each month… Then, I discovered the wonderful world of otome games and that just blew my budget clean out of the window! I did what I could to balance my living expenses with the cost of maintaining my new hobby, but I still found myself in a bit of a pickle…
Keeping up with otome games, well, games in general can put a strain on any budget, which is why I am a firm supporter of gaming on a budget! But, with all the flashy big name commercial releases dangling in front of our faces all of the time, some of the thriftier titles just fall through the cracks… So, I came up with an idea, it’s positively brilliant really, I’m surprised I never thought of it before… *ahem* Why not create a weekly list of recommended games for otome gamers on a budget?! A go to list of games, for folks that want to experience the wonderful world of otome games without breaking the bank, because if it’s a choice between food and games… food will always win!!
So every Thursday from now until it gets to be too much, I will spotlight three otome games/visual novels $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items). Posts will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!
Reversed Tale of Genji Romance
- Publisher: Genius
- Genre: Fantasy | Historical | Romance
- Cost: Free/Pay Per Route
- Where to Play: Android | IOS
What era was it that a beautiful empress surrounded by many handsome men fell in love with a single man of not particular high standing? All of the men of high standing grew jealous and tried to rip the two apart, but their love was very strong and they were able to press back against all the objection and jealousy of those around them to get married. Finally, one adorable princess was born between them. Her name was Hikaru Genji (Heroine’s name). With each passing year she grew more and more beautiful. She was eventually dragged into an intense whirlwind of a love contest for her hand against her will.Official Synopsis
The Reversed Tale of Genji is a GxB otome game that can be experienced as a free to play mobile app or as a pay per route app. Players can earn story tickets that can be used to progress the story free of charge. However for players that wish to unlock all 12 of the main story chapters at once, individual routes can be purchased for $3.99 each. There are a total of four love interests each with their own unique storylines.
Lads In Distress
- Publisher: Catfish Crew
- Genre: Fantasy | Fairytale Inspired | Romance
- Cost: Free
- Where to Play: Windows, Mac, Linux
The whole Lunar Kingdom is abuzz with excitement and curiosity – Princess Charming is throwing a royal ball to celebrate her 18th birthday, much to everyone’s surprise. Invitations have been sent to nobles and royals from all neighboring nations, although Charming and her parents only really care about the princes. After all, everyone knows that the true purpose of the ball is for Charming to find a man suitable as her husband so that she can form an advantageous political alliance, or even merge their nations together to save her kingdom from poverty. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?) for Charming, the princes may need to be rescued just as much as her kingdom does.
Choose a lad in distress to save in this comedic retelling of three well-known fairy tales!
Lads in Distress is a free GxB PC Original English Language Visual Novel (OELVN). The game was created for the 2016 Visual Novel Game Jam, NaNoReNo, but an extended version is currently under development! The game features three potential love interests and six unique endings.
Where We Lay Our Scene
- Publisher: Cyanide Tea
- Genre: Slice-of-Life | LGBTQ+ | Romance
- Cost: $4.99
- Where to Play: Windows, Mac, Linux
Christian Marino has become a household name, what with his face and body always visible when you open a magazine or look out your subway train window. But now famous model Christian Marino finds himself at a crossroads. What will he do with his life once his well-known and much-cherished looks fade? Is there even anything more to him below the surface that everyone else sees? As he considers these issues of future and identity, he’s suddenly cast as the lead role in a film based on a bestselling novel. With fresh new challenges to face in an unfamiliar environment, this just might be the solution Christian was looking for—to more problems than one.
Where We Lay Our Scene is a commercial BxB/BxG PC Original English Language Visual Novel (OELVN), created for the 2016 Visual Novel Game Jam, NaNoReNo. The game features four potential love interests (two guys, two gals), each with two unique endings. Each character comes with both a Friendship End and a Relationship End.