Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #46

Hey there Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, 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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Nobody’s Home (2020) – oates

Cost: FREE

Windows, Mac, & Linux

After a night of extreme drinking and partying, you wake up in stranger’s bed to discover… Nobody’s Home.

Come for the booze, stay for the…

  • Survival Horror Exploration!
  • After-party clean up!
  • Reanimated party-goers!
  • Whispers in the dark!
  • Hangovers!

Can YOU survive the after-party?


Nobody’s Home is a survival horror adventure game. Explore the aftermath of a party, clean up, collect items, and… defend yourself against ghosts and other horrors. Piece together the clues in order to figure out just what happened after you passed out last night! Nobody’s Home is a highly interactive exploration adventure, interact with objects, make decisions, and unlock several unique outcomes. This game has a high replay value!

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Stars and Snowdrops (2020) – Ithaqua Labs

Cost: $1.99

Windows, Linux 

Spend a day in a rainy castle and befriend, or fall for, a non-binary dragon.

Stars and Snowdrops is a short, atmospheric visual novel played from the perspective of Princess Kovida.


Stars and Snowdrops is a short visual novel, where players can romance or befriend one of three unique characters. The player character, Princess Kovi is customizable—choose from three body sizes and three distinct skin tones. Decide Kovi’s personality through in-game dialogue choices and actions. The game is fully voiced in English!

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Home on Prom Night (2020) – Vinegarade

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac

It’s 198X, and Dawn has been rejected by her more popular friends, leaving her home alone and missing her prom. As far as she’s concerned, that’s the worst thing to happen to anyone tonight. If only she was right.

Her friends’ post-prom partying has just been interrupted by a serial killer, and now there’s a massacre happening down at the old lover’s lane. Teenage blood is spilling. Limbs are flying. The town’s dark past is coming back with a vengeance. And Dawn is oblivious to all of it. She’s only interested in what horror movie to watch next, not the one unspooling down the road…


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Home on Prom Night is a short tongue and cheek RPG Maker parody of 80’s slasher movies. Navigate your room and interact with various items, while avoiding a serial killer on the loose. There are multiple outcomes, and yes, you can die.

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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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