Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #49

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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Dungeon Drafters (2020) – Lucas Demo

Cost: FREE

Windows, Mac, & Linux

Dungeon Drafters is a world where magic is cards and cards are magic. Play as a young adventurer, eager to explore ancient dungeons and find long-forgotten cards to build the legendary spell deck that could defeat the one wielding the forbidden cards the entire world fears!


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Dungeon Drafters is a playable demo for an upcoming tile-based dungeon crawler. Upon release the game will be available for both PC and the Nintendo Switch and will feature elements of roguelite and card based combat mechanics. Build your arsenal of cards to take down enemies as you navigate a unique fantasy world.  

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Pizzaro Project Deep Dish (2020) – Batensan

Cost: FREE

Windows, Mac, & Linux

It is the middle ground between sweet and salt, between sauce and spice, and it lies between the pit of a clown’s fears and the summit of his clown makeup. This is the dimension of clownery.

Welcome… to the Cal Zone.

Play as a girl named Anne Chovy and date a sad clown living in poverty!


Pizzaro: Project Deep Dish is a short comedic dating sim, where your love interest is a clown. Play through five chapters full of puns and romance abound in this cute romance game. Interact with a unique cast of characters and make choices that will determine the outcome of the game.

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 Death By Debt (2020) – mintbiscuits

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac

Alastair Cochraine has just lost his job. Threatened with eviction but determined to keep his apartment—and his cats—Alastair sets off on an adventure to pad his bank account. But good jobs are hard to find in this town, and he’s about to discover just how far he’ll go to pay the rent. Potential employers include an anxious alchemist, a morose mobster, and a calculating crime boss. Can Alastair succeed, or will the city swallow him up?


Death by Debt is a short urban survival dating sim that was developed for NaNoRenO 2020. Interact with a quirky cast and romance three potential love interests. Your choices determine which of eight unique endings.

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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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