Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s been awhile, but…. *drumroll* 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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Demon’s Bond -The Path of Exile
- Publisher: NTT Solmare
- Genre: Fantasy | Historical | Romance
- Cost: $4.99 per route
- Where to Play: Game no longer available
Demon’s Bond is the mobile port of the Idea Factory otome game Toki no Kizuna.
It is the Warring States period in Japan. After the passing of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, many warlords started to watch for a chance to be the next ruler of the land.
In the midst of time where history is changing with the upcoming battle of Sekigahara where the major daimyos split into Eastern and Western Armies, aiming to fight a decisive battle, there were demons who lived in the shadows of history, avoiding human involvement.
Our protagonist is a member of the Ten-Demon Alliance, a coalition of demon clan chieftains. Her duty is to protect Princess Yase, leader of the Ten-Demon Alliance. One day, Princess Yase summons all the Ten-Demon Alliance chieftains across the land. They are delighted at the reunion, but shortly after that, Princess Yase is attacked by forces unknowns. She is greatly weakened and falls into a deep sleep.
The Ten-Demon Alliance chieftains, including the heroine, seek out the perpetrators who attacked the Princess. However, it becomes evident that within comrades which were believed to be tied with a strong bond, there were demons secretly in league with humans violating the commandment which all demons must obey.
The protagonist’s mission: to find a way to rouse the Princess from her slumber, and end demon interference with human affairs. This is the story of the demons who ran through the Warring States period, with the heroine having two missions in her mind.
Demon’s Bond is a pay per route GxB supernatural romance mobile otome game. There are currently a total of five love interests. While the prologue is completely free to play, each of the main stories cost money, main story routes are $4.99 USD. Each route has two distinct endings, a Sweet Ending and a Flashback Ending.
Mystic Destinies: Serendipity of Aeons
- Publisher: Ajane (Formerly Aeon Dream Studios)
- Genre: Drama | Supernatural | Romance
- Cost: Name Your Own Price (itch.io) | $2.99 per route (Steam)
- Where to Play: Windows, Mac, Linux | Steam
After a ritual forces immense magical powers onto you, you’re thrown into a new world with new threats and challenges that you’d never dreamed of. Play as twenty year-old university student Tsubasa Fujimoto as she learns to balance her daily life with her new supernatural one – all while falling in love.
I don’t usually go for characters like Shou, I find their overly enthusiastic personalities to be a bit off putting but, Shou is just so bright and warm, I couldn’t look away…
Mystic Destinies is a supernatural, fantasy GxB romance game, with five unique love interests, each with their own self contained stories. Each main story comes with a separate Epilogue story that takes place some time after the events of the main story and can be purchased for $1.99. The game was released over the course of several months, currently all of the love interests’ main stories are available for purchase.
GHOST TRICK- Phantom Detective
- Publisher: Capcom
- Genre: Puzzle | Supernatural | Investigation
- Cost: $9.99
- Where to Play: App Store
This Story Starts with Your Death
In an obscure corner of the city, a single bullet takes your life, but that’s not all it takes. When you awaken as a spirit, you realize you have no recollection of who you are. Thus begins your search for the answers to these questions: “Who am I?”, “Who killed me?”, and “Why was I killed?”
One night is all you have to answer these questions before your soul vanishes at dawn’s first light, and your only lead is the female detective who witnessed your death…
This is a mobile port of the popular 2010 Nintendo DS puzzle/mystery game, Ghost Trick- Phantom Detective. This is a paid game, while the first two chapters are free to play, the rest of the game can be purchased in 4 chapter bundles for $4.99 or you can unlock the entire game for just $9.99. Take control of the newly deceased protagonist to uncover the secrets behind his untimely demise. Players can utilize a wide range of unique features within the game to collect clues and solve the case, such as: ghostly object manipulation, possession, and a rewind feature.