Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #11

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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Cafe 0 Drowned Mermaid

CAFE 0 ~The Drowned Mermaid~

A girl’s spirit with no recollection of her past find herself inside Cafe 0, a mysterious Cafe in the middle of nowhere. Served with only a glass of water by the peculiar waiter, Sui–soon she realized that she is about to relive the last seven days before her death.
Surrounding her are Ami, a girl who claimed to be her best friend, Tooru, a boy who is rumored to be her previous boyfriend, and Shou, the school’s doctor? What are their connection to her past and how are they related to her death?

Will she be in peace with her past, or will she haunt the living? It is all up to you to decide.


Cafe 0 ~The Drowned Mermaid~ is a supernatural mystery visual novel with three main characters with a total of two character paths and one true endings. An additional secret bonus can be unlocked after players clear all routes. The game features full Japanese voice acting for all routes.

Notice Me Senpai

 Notice Me Senpai

  • Publisher: Skillshot Labs
  • Genre: Collection | Casual
  • Cost: Free
  • Where to Play: The game is no longer available

In ‘Notice Me Senpai’, you play as the first female student in an elite all-boys private school. You take on a job at the campus Third Year Building Cafe to help pay for your tuition. You attract new customers (Senpai) by combining coffee and placing decors. As you manage the cafe, you meet all sorts of pretty Ikemen Senpai (upperclassmen or seniors). From nerds, to jocks, to famous pop idols and mystical men, this school has your choice. Will you be able to get them all to Notice You?


Notice Me Senpai is a collection game, where players design their own cafes and fill them with items and goodies to attract handsome male patrons. Purchase outfits and items for your senpais while raising their affection points in order to earn love letters, CGs, and unlock special confession scenarios!

The Silent Age

The Silent Age

  • Publisher: House on Fire
  • Genre: Adventure | Mystery | Point-and-Click
  • Cost: Cost: Free (Episode 1) & $4.99 (Episode 2) | $9.99 (Steam)
  • Where to Play: Steam | Google Play | App Store

Lose yourself in The Silent Age, the thrilling point-and-click adventure with over eight million mobile downloads, completely revamped and updated. Help Joe as he travels between the groovy present of 1972 and the apocalyptic future of 2012 to discover the truth behind mankind’s extinction—a quest entrusted to him by a dying man from the future.


The Silent Age is an atmospheric side scrolling adventure game where players explore various locations between two time periods in search of clues. Tackle 10 chapters full of unique puzzles and characters to solve and interact with all while uncovering the secret behind humanity’s eventual extinction!

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13 thoughts on “Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #11

  1. Hm, the sidescroller point-and-click adventure game sounds like something I’d be interested in! Thanks for the recommendations! Love these thrifty gaming posts!

    1. Oh it’s really good! I played it last year and the story is fantastic!

      It’s part mystery part puzzle adventure game. And the dialogue is witty and fun! I absolutely recommend playing It!

      Awww thanks Panda! *hugs*

    1. Lololol I was trying to think of a game to add to the line up and then I remembered your screenshots and it was suddenly all clear!

      And I always notice you lol!😃🤣😃

      1. Heck yeah! I was like, my senpais need me! But then the power rangers marathon happened and it was a wrap lol

        We need those Line stickers everywhere!

  2. This is just favourite segment on your channel I love. It’s great for people like me who have not played hardly any games at all and have no clue so I will start one of these which you have suggested probably start with a free one first 😊👍🏼

    1. Really?! That makes me so happy Lita!! Yeah, I started this post series because I know how much of a strain gaming can put on people’s wallets! Plus most of these games are great intros for folks looking to get into visual novels without having to deal with complex mechanics and whatnot.

      OOOOH, if you do start one, you’ll definitely have to tell me which one!! I’d love to hear about your experience!

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