Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #8

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gamer, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!


This week’s post 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!!

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Angels of Death

Angels of Death

  • Publisher: Makoto Sanada
  • Genre: Romance | Slice-of-Life | Indie
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Where to Play: Steam

“Please – kill me.”
“If you help me get outta here, then I’ll kill you.”

Their strange promise formed a peculiar bond between the two of them.
What kind of hell have they found themselves in?
For what purpose are they imprisoned? What does fate have in store for them?
Facing imminent death, the two begin their escape from the sealed building!

Official Synopsis

Angels of Death is a psychological horror RPG Maker game. The original Japanese version of the game was released for free, but the English version was released as a commercial VN on Steam. The game is four episodes long and features elements common in visual novels and RPG games. Players will have to perform a variety of tasks in order to successfully complete each story.

Re Alistair


  • Publisher: Sake Visual
  • Genre: Romance | Slice-of-Life | Indie
  • Cost: Free
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac, Linux

Merui loves video games, especially her favorite MMORPG, Rivenwell Online. Merui also has a very short temper, so when some JERK named Alistair steals a rare item from her, she’s determined to exact revenge on him. Unfortunately, she has no idea who he is in real life. But hey, that’s never stopped anyone, right? Take control of Merui and make new friends, balance schoolwork and fun, go shopping, search for the culprit, and maybe even discover a new romance.

Official Synopsis

RE: Alistair++ is a GxB romance Original English Language Visual Novel (OELVN). The game features three main male potential love interests with their own unique endings. This is a rather short VN, with an overall gameplay of about one hour and thirty mins (roughly 30+ mins per route). The game also features some stats raising elements, but they are a minor part of the overall story.

Herald An Interactive Period Drama

Herald: An Interactive Period Drama – Book I & II

  • Publisher: Wispfire
  • Genre: Adventure | Interactive Fiction | Drama
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Where to Play: Steam | Cross Platform

Herald is a choice-driven adventure game set during an alternate 19th century in which the West is united as a colonial superpower: the Protectorate.
Help tell the story of Devan Rensburg, a man of mixed heritage who became steward on board of the HLV Herald, a merchant ship set for his country of birth.
As Devan it is your job to keep the peace among the crew and passengers by resolving their daily squabbles. Set during a time of widespread inequality and injustice, you are challenged to uncover a great mystery that surrounds the Herald’s perilous voyage.

Official Synopsis

Herald is a fully voiced interactive adventure visual novel. The game consists of four separate books, but so far only Books I & II are available for purchase (Books III & IV will be released later on this year). The game features a branching storyline, craft your own story in this choice driven gaming experience.

*Books III & IV are available for preorder from the official Herald site for $19.99!

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