Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #16

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gaming, 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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Date Warp

Date Warp

Five days ago, Janet left her dorm to go on a date.

She never returned.

Was she kidnapped? Murdered? Did she run away? Will she ever be seen again?

The choices you make can change her fate and help her find romance or destruction in one of eleven surprising endings!


Date Warp is mystery suspense original English language visual novel from Hanako Games. Interact with five eligible bachelors and solve puzzles to uncover the mystery surrounding Janet’s disappearance. There are 11 endings, two per love interest and an additional True End.

Mystic Messenger

Mystic Messenger 

  • Publisher: Cheritz
  • Genre: Mystery | Management | Romance
  • Cost: Free
  • Where to Play: Google Play | App Store

You stumbled upon an app called “Mystic Messenger” and downloaded it. Once you opened it up the app is connected to a mystic group chat with attractive guys. You are asked to join their secret party planning association called and the story begins…


So You Wanna Chat with Hot Guys… There’s an App for That: Mystic Messenger- First Thoughts

Mystic Messenger is a free to play real time mobile game from Cheritz, the company behind PC otome games Dandelion- Wishes brought to you and Nameless- The one thing you must recall. 

Mystic Messenger  is a real time free to play mobile game from Korean developers Cheritz. Unlike traditional otome games all interactions with potential love interests are done through in-game chatrooms. Each route takes place over 11 days and there are two types of character routes: Casual and Deep. Casual Routes are available from the start, but Deep Routes must be unlocked with in game currency (Hourglasses). Each route has Good Ends, Bad Ends, and an Epilogue.

Star Crossed Myth

Star Crossed Myth

  • Publisher: Voltage Inc.
  • Genre: Fantasy | Supernatural | Romance
  • Cost: Pay Per Route
  • Where to Play: Google Play | App Store

The lights of Tokyo blot out the stars.
One night, you happen to notice a star sparkling in the heavens.
Suddenly, the beautiful gods of the stars appear before you.
These gods, however, have sinned. They’ve been thrown out of heaven.
You’re the only one who can erase their sins.

The gods have everything… except for love.
Love blooms as you spend your days together,
but that love is a forbidden one, a love that could change the world.


Star Crossed Myth is a GxB is a pay per route mobile otome game. Each route is made up of around 12 chapters with two endings (Blessed and Forbidden Ends). There are a total of 12 love interests though only 11 are available at this time. Main Stories are $3.99 USD each and Epilogues are $1.99 USD. There are additional Sequels and Sub stories that can be purchased at an additional cost.

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