Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #30

Hey there Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs!! It’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gaming post, the weekly post series where I spotlight three 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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Amnesia (2011)- Idea Factory

Cost: $9.99


You awaken to find your memories gone. To learn the truth behind your amnesia, you’ll choose from five romantic paths, each its own world. With 20+ endings, can you write the lasting love story you deserve, or will your love and life come to an end?


Amnesia is an otome game from Japanese developer Idea Factory. Originally released in Japan for the PSP handheld system in 2011, with a vita port, Amnesia Memories released in 2013. In 2015, the Vita port was given an English language release. The game has five male love interests (Shin, Toma, Kent, Ikki, and Ukyo) with a total of 26 endings. Amnesia is unique for having a high number of bad endings, some of which feature major character deaths. There are also fun mini games in each route that expand on the gameplay experience.

*The game is also available for PS Vita, Android, and IOS (however the price is $29.99)

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My Burning Heart – (2019)- Ertal Games

Cost: $10.00

Windows, Mac, and Linux 

Our protagonist, Adnan, gets sold as a slave and, instead of being sent to work in the fields, as he expected, he ends up in a Sultan’s harem… Although they try to trick him with good words and promises of being well fed and no physical punishments, he decides to comply with the Sultan’s orders… but only while he plans his escape from the palace.

Synopsis (Game Site)

My Burning Heart is the newest game from BL game developer Ertal Games and it draws inspiration from 1001 Nights. There are currently 3 male love interests, one of which is the “villain” of the game. Each route has its own branching storyline with one Bad and one Good ending (the villain route only has a Good ending). There is some steamy content, all CGs are uncensored and some of the Bad endings feature some non-con content.

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Jack-In-A-Castle (2019)- Nemlei

Cost: $5.99

Windows, Mac, Linux | Steam

Toyboxian’s king has gone missing, and the kingdom’s castle has become warped. Marion the Marionette is sent by his village elder to investigate. He becomes a servant at the warped castle, working under the stand-in ruler Jack.

Jack is a jack-in-the-box with a personality as unexpected and delightful as a landmine.

Along the way Marion will also meet Bunnie, a bubbly bunny plushie. As well as his unlikely friend, Sylvester, a refined and aristocratic music box. Together they have set out with the common goal of finding the whereabouts of the king.

Explore the story from different points of view, and discover how many ways you can screw things up!

Synopsis (Game Site)

Jack-In-A-Castle is a fantasy/mystery BxB romance visual novel that was originally developed for the game jam NaNoRenO 2019. The game features three male love interests each with their own unique stories and endings (total of 9 endings). Each route typically takes between 60-90 minutes to complete.

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That’s it for this week’s thrifty buys, but, don’t worry I’ll have more titles for in next week’s post, so be on the look out for that next ThursdayBut, if all that extra money you saved is burning a hole in your pocket and you just can’t wait for next week’s list, definitely check out some of my previous Thrifty Gaming posts, there are tons of games for gamers who like me are ballin’ on a budget!

So what did you think of this week’s Thrifty Gamer post? Are you planning on checking out any of these games or have you already played them? Let me know what you think in the comments section. If you like what you see, like this post or follow Blerdy Otome! As always THANK YOU FOR READING!!


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2 thoughts on “Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #30

  1. Amnesia: Memories has been as low as… $3 I think? And it gets down to the low single digits fairly often, so even if you aren’t interested in the story, you’re still getting a fully voiced, professional work for dirt cheap. Really no excuse for otome fans.

    1. Yeah Amnesia stays on sale, I think I saw it for full price once and was shocked… Amnesia is like baby’s first otome game for all the reasons you said and more.

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