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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #55

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.

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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!


In Good Company

In Good Company (2020) – Cynthia

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

A kinetic short story about what friends do in the face of adversity. Join the main character, Rocky, in learning about your associates as they struggle to come to terms with their snowed-in predicament!

-Synopsis

In Good Company is a short kinetic novel developed for My First Games Jam Winter 2020 by Cynthia. The game takes roughly a half hour to complete and like most kinetic novels has a linear plot and a few choices. When a snow storm lands the employees of Master Records in a cozy mountain lodge, they find that the unexpected excursion is the perfect time for a little bonding. Chat with your fellow associates as you all try to make the best of the situation.


One More Night

One More Night (2015)LeafThief

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux 

A magical summer-themed game about friendship, love and getting drunk in nature. Three friends embark on a two-day camping trip before their last year of school begins. A trip they never want to end.

They want to stay one more night.

-Synopsis

One More Night is a visual novel created for the GB Jam 4 by LeafThief. In GBJam developers are tasked to create GameBoy themed games. One More Night follows three friends on their annual end of summer camping trip, interact with each character and learn more about them as they embark on the next phase in their lives. There are some choices, but those mostly shape your perceptions of the characters.


Starlit Flowers

Starlit Flowers  (2016) – Cosmic Latté

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

One night when Einar is traveling through the forest, she sees two stars descend from the sky. She inspects the crash site to find two strange girls that appear out of this world. Their names are Ailis and Cerise, they ask Einar to help them return home and claim they fell from the night sky. Einar is skeptical about their story, but she decides to help them out anyway.

This is where their fun little adventure through the forest begins. As Einar gets to know the girls more, she starts to wonder if they’re The Star guardians her deceased mother used to tell her stories about.

-Synopsis

Starlit Flowers is a GxG kinetic visual novel developed by Cosmic Latté for NaNoRenO 2016. Like most kinetic novels Starlit Flowers features a linear narrative, with no in game choices. The game takes roughly 2 hours to complete and has 3 CGs as well as an unlockable concept gallery that can only be accessed once you complete the game!


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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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3 replies »

  1. I love these posts so much! I’m going to plug this on my blog (even though basically only my friends IRL actually follow it), but Itch.io is selling a huge bundle of games for the next five days in their Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality: https://itch.io/b/520/bundle-for-racial-justice-and-equality.

    I’m pretty sure some of the games you’ve featured in this series are on there. You can get access to the bundle with a minimum donation of $5.00, but can up your donation to whatever amount you want!

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