Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #47

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!


Divilethion (2020) – Nemlei

Cost: FREE

Windows, Mac, & Linux

You’re Lynn!

A High Priest serving a monstrous God called Divilethion, while trying to mend his relationship with his heathen of a brother.

Come now! Human sacrifices and jolly good fun await!!


Divilethion is a short dark comedy fantasy visual novel developed by Nemlei for the the annual game jam NaNoRenO 2020. The game features about 30 minutes of gameplay and two distinct endings. Make decisions throughout the story that determine whether the protagonist Lynn stays with his boss, the monstrous god of destruction, Divilethion or he makes amends with his brother…. the choice is yours!

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Helen’s Doll House (2019) – fluffness

Cost: FREE

Windows, Mac

Helen is the daughter of a famous doll maker who’s known for making living dolls. Her wish is to become good like her father.  One day, a stranger with a red scarf dropped a magic book for her…



Helen’s Doll House is a short puzzle visual novel that loosely references their earlier games Red Grimly Tale and The Red Wood. There are currently two versions of the game: Free and Premium. The free version, which gives you access to 10 collectable dolls, 3 evil dolls, and 1 special doll. While, the Premium version of the game (which can be purchased for $5.00) gives players access to more collectable dolls, 2 special event plots, crossover characters from Red Grimly Tale and The Red Wood, and additional artwork. The basic premise has players create dolls and participate in random simulation chats, the entire game can take anywhere between 15 mins and 30 minutes to complete.

In Her Footsteps

 In Her Footsteps (2020) – Yarn Spinner

Cost: Free


“In Her Footsteps is a short story about mending a broken heart from the award-nominated creators of Causeway, No Response and Helmouth Halls.”


In Her Footsteps is a 3D LGBT+ positive walking simulator game from indie game developer Yarn Spinner. Like their previous games, No Response features a highly interactive story based narrative gameplay, that while short offers a snapshot into the lives of two women as they gradually fall in love. The entire game takes anywhere from 10-30 minutes to complete.

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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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