Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #54

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 have 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!

Shivering Hearts

Shivering Hearts (2020) – Mischa

Cost: $7.50

Windows, Mac, & Linux

How does it feel to leave your past and arrive at a town where nobody knows you?

What  if you had the power to reshape reality but had no control over it?

Is it worth extending empathy to someone who might not deserve it?

Are dreams a window to the soul or do we project meaning onto them?

Will you ever get to eat that pie?


Shivering Hearts is a fantasy role-playing game developed by Mischa and takes roughly 2-4 hours to complete. The game is illustrated with beautiful hand-drawn watercolor paintings that bring the vibrant fantasy world of the game to life. Explore with your childhood friend Rin and interact with other characters as you work to unlock each of the game’s multiple endings.

Summer Story

Summer Story (2020)Daria Lezucha and Aaron Hamilton

Cost: $3.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux 

Discover a heartwarming journey of friendship as you explore the island, catch fish, help out villagers, and go camping.


Summer Story is a co-op adventure exploration game developed by Daria Lezucha and Aaron Hamilton. The game accommodates up to 4 players and featured multiplayer dialogue options and a cooperative fishing mini game. Explore a unique tropical island setting as you craft your own adventure. Summer Story features roughly an hour of gameplay but the co-op gameplay style allows for a much more social gaming experience.

A New Life

a new life (2020) – Angela He

Cost: $2.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Google Play | App Store | Steam

A classic love story: Meet, marry, grow old.
But when your loved one hurts you, what do you do?
Is it better to love and be hurt, than never love at all?


a new life is a short LGBT positive visual novel developed by Angela He. The game takes roughly 40-90 minutes to complete and has 5 unique endings. A new life is an immersive interactive story where your choice determine how the narrative unfolds. It is available in  French, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.

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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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