Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #37

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!  Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

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Ebon Light (2019)- Underbliss

Cost: FREE

Windows, Mac, Linux  

Torn from her home, an unfortunate soul finds herself caught in an old and buried secret. The virulent elves who claim the poison within her have imprisoned her on their stormy island, some eager to see what will become of her, others eager to keep their secrets safe.

As she is hunted, she finds allies, perhaps lovers, many enemies. Her whole life she had spent hidden from the dangers of the world, and now, unfurled before her, a harbinger of something terrible, she must survive Gha’alia.


Ebon Light is a dark fantasy visual novel from Underbliss. The game is currently available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and features a fully immersive visual novel gameplay experience. Customize your MC, in addition to the usual hair, skin color, and eye color modifications, players can also decide their character’s disposition. Personality choices directly effect the course of the story. There are five male love interests to romance, and your choices throughout determine both your relationships and the outcome of the game (and you can die).

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Another Eden (2019) – Wright Flyer Studios

Cost: FREE (In App Purchases)

Google Play | App Store

Embark on a journey beyond time and space.
To save our lost future.
Before the darkness of time falls upon us all…


Another Eden is a free to play mobile RPG and was created as part of a collaboration between writer Masato Kato and music composer Yasunori Mitsuda who both worked on Xenogears and the Chrono series. Another Eden is a side scrolling RPG that features a 26 chapter main story and has the player traveling through three main time periods: the past, the present, and the future. Interact with NPC and other characters while on your journey to advance the plot. Build your party to defeat enemies and monsters using the game’s turn based battle system. There’s also a gatcha-style system that can be used for obtaining stronger characters.

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Paper Cages (2019)- Placeholder Gameworks

Cost: FREE

Web Browser

Wake up, get dressed, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, go to work. A true horror story.

A game about mental health.


Paper Cages is a short 15 minute psychological “horror” game that was originally developed for the 2019 Spelkollektivet’s 2019 Halloween Game Jam. The entire game was developed over the course of 2 and a half days and captures the mental strain of living our day to day lives. Interact with the environment which in turn affects your willpower, directly affecting your mental state. The game also features a simple battle system where players must contend with monstrous manifestations of various negative emotions.

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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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