Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #56

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!

They Bleed Pixels

They Bleed Pixels (2012) Spooky Squid Games

Cost: $9.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Steam

As an anonymous student of the Lafcadio Academy for Troubled Young Ladies, you must battle through your nightmares to defeat a curse that’s slowly transforming your body into a clawed demonic form.


They Bleed Pixels is an indie platformer slasher game developed by Spooky Squid Games. The game was originally released in 2012, but was revamped this year to include new difficulty modes, graphics, and bonus levels. Play through unique levels battling monsters in this fast paced slash’em up game. The one button gameplay, gives players a chance to focus on more stylish and smart kills.

Pink Island

Pink Island (2020) Mackinn7

Cost: $2.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Steam

Pink Island is a one small hold & Gun, boss Rush mini-game of Casual difficulty.


Pink Island is a short side scrolling boss rush game developed by Mackinn7 and is the most recent entry in the Mini Island series of games. Speed through levels taking down any boss that stands in your way–casual difficulty makes gameplay enjoyable for even the most inexperienced gamer. Pink Island takes anywhere from 20 – 35 minutes to complete.

One Dreamer Prologue

One Dreamer: Prologue  (2020) Gareth Ffoulkes

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Steam

Modify the world around you with pseudocode as you journey through blended realities and discover why Frank became a game developer in the first place.


One Dreamer: Prologue is a single player, story based adventure game developed by Gareth Ffoulkes. Program objects, solve coding puzzles and discover the reason why Frank became a game dev. Utilize realistic, but easy to understand pseudo-code to solve puzzles based on C# as you explore a unique world. One Dreamer is fully voiced in English–meet 15 voiced characters from quirky NPCs to a sentient arcade machine.

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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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2 thoughts on “Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #56

  1. Obviously I am going to have to try Pink Island though those other sound pretty amazing as well. Well One Dreamer doesn’t sound like my jam but it has a character in a pink dress, she facinates me xD!

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