Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #44

Hey there Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s been a while, 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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No Response (2018) – Yarn Spinner

Cost: £1.00 GBP (≈$1.26 USD)


After a car accident leaves you stranded in the middle of nowhere, you need to find help as soon as possible. Your phone screen broken by the crash, you’re unable to call for help, but can read incoming text messages from concerned family and friends as you make your way towards a distant cabin – the only sign of life around…


No Response is a 3D walking simulator game from indie game developer Yarn Spinner—the creative team behind Causeway. Like their previous games, No Response features a highly interactive story based narrative gameplay, that while short offers a thoughtful and atmospheric experience. The entire game takes anywhere from 10-30 minutes to complete.

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One Shot (2020) – Little Cat Feet

Cost: $10.00

Windows | Steam

You are to guide a child through a mysterious world on a mission to restore its long-dead sun.

…Of course, things are never that simple.

The world knows you exist.

The consequences are real.

Saving the world may be impossible.

You only have one shot.


One Shot is a meta point-and-click adventure game that goes beyond the traditional gameplay features, offering players an at times surreal, immersive experience. While you control the actions of the in-game character, Niko, the protagonist of the story is in fact “you”. Solve puzzles and explore various locations and world in this RPG-esque adventure, but the game also  requires players to manipulate the game’s external filesystem to complete certain tasks (similar to the game mechanics in Doki Doki Literature Club).

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Verdant Village (2020) – Exodus Software

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, Linux

Explore the massive Empyrean Vale.  There are crops to tend, ore to mine, fish to catch, and secrets to discover.  Meet the townsfolk and start a life.  Live the way you want, build a thriving farm, or set your own goals, the decision is yours!


Verdant Village is a fantasy life simulation game. While the game is still in the alpha development stage, there are still tons of great features for players to enjoy:

  • Plant a variety of crops and fruit trees
  • Catch over a hundred different fish
  • Mine ore, smelt it into metal, improve and build
  • Cook a wide variety of different foods
  • Decorate your home with a myriad of different furniture
  • Help out your fellow town members for rewards
  • Raise livestock like chickens, cows, and sheep
  • Explore an vast and expanding world to discover all its secrets

Craft your own story as you explore the land and cultivate your own fantasy adventure experience! There are even more features to come in future updates of the game that will expand on the existing gameplay.

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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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6 thoughts on “Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #44

    1. It is such a cute game and a lot of fun! You’ll definitely enjoy it!

      There’s also a game Hustle Cat that you might like too. Very cat themed!

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