Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #35

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!
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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! It’s October so I picked games that had more of a spooky/suspenseful vibe to them, since it is the season for it…  Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

Doki Doki Literature Club

Doki Doki Literature Club (2017)- Team Salvato

Cost: FREE

Windows, Mac, Linux  | Steam

Welcome to the Literature Club! It’s always been a dream of mine to make something special out of the things I love. Now that you’re a club member, you can help me make that dream come true in this cute game!

Every day is full of chit-chat and fun activities with all of my adorable and unique club members:

Sayori, the youthful bundle of sunshine who values happiness the most;
Natsuki, the deceivingly cute girl who packs an assertive punch;
Yuri, the timid and mysterious one who finds comfort in the world of books;
…And, of course, Monika, the leader of the club! That’s me!

I’m super excited for you to make friends with everyone and help the Literature Club become a more intimate place for all my members. But I can tell already that you’re a sweetheart—will you promise to spend the most time with me? ♥


Doki Doki Literature Club is a free to play indie visual novel, developed by Team Salvato. There are four female love interests to choose from and like most dating sims, raise affection points by making a series of in game choices. There is also a fun mini game where players select words to craft a poem that will appeal to the girls of the Literature club. While the game is described as a slice of life romance game, Doki Doki Literature Club is not suitable for everyone, so if you are sensitive to disturbing images and content, better to pass this one up.

*If you’re interested, check out my full review: Doki Doki Literature Club Game Review – Horror With a Dash of Moe

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Imaginary Friends (2016)- mannytsu

Cost: FREE

Windows, Mac, Linux 

14-year-old Hailey has spent her entire summer vacation alone in her room. Her mother wants her to go outside and spent time with her friends, but the problem is, she doesn’t have any. That is about to change soon when Hailey finds herself in an imaginary world. With the help of a mysterious young boy with red cap, she has to confront her childhood and herself.


Imaginary Friends is a RPG maker game with elements of psychological horror. Players control Hailey, a lonely 13 year old girl as she navigates her life and the recesses of her own fantasy world. The game combines the text based story elements of a visual novel with various puzzles for the player to solve. There are several unique endings that explore different aspects of Hailey’s circumstances that lead to different outcomes depending on your choices in the game.

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 He Beat Her (2017)- Angela He

Cost: FREE

Windows, Mac, Linux 

..That’s what everyone thinks.

But you might find otherwise.. if you pick the right move.

You’re a lawyer, and your client is being accused of abuse. You only have 5 minutes until the verdict.

You’re practically powerless.

What will you do in those minutes? And can your actions make a difference?

Find the truth. Serve justice.

Play the game.


He Beat Her is a short interactive mystery with over 235 possible choices that lead to 42 unique story paths, each revealing a new aspect of the case you’re investigating.  The game takes place over the course of a very short amount of time, so each decision is important, but unlike most games where you choose from a list of options, the player types out their actions. It can be a bit confusing, since you don’t know what phrases are registered as valid inputs, but there is a guide that helps with getting through some of the more difficult parts.

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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 Gaming 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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