Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #43

Hey there Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, I’m a bit late, but it’s once again that special time of the week—Thrifty Thursday!

In a world where it’s all about the almighty dollar, sometimes it’s a little tough to make our pennies stretch enough to accommodate our hobbies. But, there are plenty of ways to balance your budget while still enjoying the things you love, you just have to be a little thrifty about it. So, I created Thrifty Gaming in order to spotlight some lesser known indie titles that are both entertaining an affordable.

If you’re a new follower or someone who has been following since my Nice Job Breaking It Hero days and has been gone for awhile, here’s a refresher… Thrifty Gaming, is a weekly post series where I spotlight three games/visual novels that are under $10.00. These can be mobile games, PC games, and a few times I have found some nice indie console titles too. The list used to focus on just otome games and romance visual novels, but after requests from a few readers I have since expanded to other gaming genres. I don’t include sales or limited time offers, each title has to be consistently priced at $10.00 or less without any promotions to be included in this line up.


Note, these are not reviews, rather recommendations so your mileage may vary with some of these titles. This week’s post will include a brief synopsis and links to each game so you can add them to your gaming library! You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy your hobbies, so save a little bread and check this week’s thrifty gaming picks!

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A Short Hike (2019) – adamgryu

Cost: $7.99

Windows, Mac, Linux | Steam

Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park.

Follow the marked trails or explore the back country as you make your way to the summit.

Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you.


A Short Hike is a 3D adventure platformer that gives players a chance to explore an immersive world. Soar through the skies, hike rugged mountain trails, and even fish in a nearby lake! A Short Hike gives players the chance to craft their own gaming experience, with this leisurely platformer. While there are no set goals or objectives, players can collect hidden items that unlock new experiences and actions. You can even interact with other hikers and assist them with side quests and tasks. The entire game takes anywhere from 1-2 hours, but there is so much to do and see in A Short Hike that you’ll always have something to keep you entertained.

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Wide Ocean Big Jacket (2019)Turnfollow

Cost: $7.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux

Take part in a classic camping trip: Roast hot dogs on the fire, go bird watching, tell ghost stories, grab a beverage from the cooler and do cartwheels on the beach.


Wide Ocean Open Jacket is a short story based adventure game that includes 20 chapters and takes anywhere from 60-90 minutes to complete. Players can control one of four different characters and explore 8 unique areas as they step into the shoes of a family out for a fun camping trip.

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Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to) (2019) – popcannibal

Cost: $4.99

Windows, Mac, Linux | Steam

A game about writing nice letters to real people. Write and receive encouraging letters in a cozy room. Trade stickers and listen to chill music. We’re all in this together. Sometimes all you need are a few kind words.


Kind Words is a different type of game from the ones I have covered in the past, since it’s not actually a game in the traditional sense. Kind Words is a multiplayer title where players send anonymous messages about whatever they want—their fears, stresses, concerns… anything. In return other users of the game can respond to requests with letters of comfort, sympathy, or words of advice. Each time you respond to a request, you receive stickers that can be added to your in game inventory, which you can keep or place on letters to add a bit of flair to your responses. You also get 3D toys that you can put on display in your virtual room.

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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 Thursday! But, 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!

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