Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #50

Hey there Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s once again that special time of the week—Thrifty Thursday! This is the 50th Thrifty Gaming post!! What a milestone! *throws confetti*

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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Little Bug (2018) – Bela

Cost: $9.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Steam

Nyah is walking home from school when she’s suddenly cast into an uncanny world where dangerous spirits linger restlessly in bottomless canyons, icy caves, and moonlit deserts. Play as Nyah and her spirit light in tandem as you immerse yourself in this foreboding, atmospheric landscape. Will Nyah use her new found light to find her way home or will she lose her way amongst the many dangers that roam in the moonlight?


Little Bug is a single player platformer adventure game developed by Bela and released on September 25, 2018. Help Nyah navigate an imaginative world of light, collecting treasures while avoiding disembodied spirits that seek to keep you from reaching your destination. Players can control Nyah and her light a mysterious entity that can be used to help her navigate complex puzzles—take down barriers, swing to new heights, and unlock secret levels.

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Later Daters (2019) – Bloom Digital Media

Cost: $7.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Nintendo Switch | Steam

You’re the newest resident at Ye OLDE retirement community, where you’ll meet a cast of sexy seniors who are all dying (not literally) to meet you. It’s a lot like summer camp, but with orthopedic shoes, bridge clubs, and more jell-o. It’s an adjustment as you settle in, but who knows: maybe these will turn out to be the best years of your life!


Later Daters is an episodic romance visual novel developed by the team behind Longstory. In this dating sim you play as a fully customizable senior citizen who has just moved into Ye OLDE Retirement Home. Interact with the various residents of Ye OLDE as you build lasting relationships with your fellow sexy seniors. Enjoy a wide range of romantic relationships, including LGBTQ and poly relationship options. bn

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Ignis Universia: Eternal Sister Saga (2019) – arzi

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac

The world of Universia is in flames!
The dread wizardess Galgatax has awoken yet again and it’s up to you to find the Chosen Sisters and travel to the Hellfire Peak to defeat the monster that has been summoned.


Ignis Universia: Eternal Sister Saga is a short visual novel/JRPG  hybrid developed for  for Ludum Dare 45 and playable from your web browser. Visit fun locations and locate the Chosen Sisters to help defeat the great evil plaguing the land. Gameplay is fairly simple, visit each location and your choices will determine whether you will encounter the people you will need to help you on your quest.

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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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