Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #60

Hey there Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, I know I missed the last two Thursdays of posts let’s blame that on my leaking ceiling… but, it’s once again that special time of the week—Thrifty Thursday! And it’s a very special Thrifty Thursday! This is the 60th Thrifty Thursday post! *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 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!

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A Letter of Challenge (2020) npckc

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

you get a mysterious letter of challenge! who could it be from…?


A LETTER OF CHALLENGE is a battle game (?) & visual novel where you play as a magical girl (with a magical guardian, of course!). You’re heading home from school one day when you get a mysterious letter… find out who sent it and why!



A Letter of Challenge is a battle game/visual novel developed by npckc, the creator of the LGBTQIA positive One Night, Hot Spring series. The game was one of 34 entries in the Summer Slow Jams June 2020: Turn-based games Jam and takes roughly 30 minutes to complete. Play as a magical girl who finds herself challenged by a mysterious stranger! Discover the true identity of the challenger while participating in short turn based battles.

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The Outcast Lovers (2020) Far Few Giants

Cost: $2.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux


Driving home late one night you encounter a refugee in distress. They are looking for salvation. Do you hand them over to authorities? Or take responsibility yourself?



The Outcast Lovers is a short narrative based 3D game, the second of 12 short experimental games developed by Far Few Giants. In this roughly 10 minute game, you direct the camera in a film like visual experience—you control the narrative in this short intense story.

We Should Talk

We Should Talk (2020)  Insatiable Cycle

Cost: $6.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Steam | Nintendo Switch | Xbox | PS4

In We should talk, you’ll use the sentence spinner to piece together modular sentences in response to the in-game characters. Choose your words carefully to express yourself as you discuss ongoing problems about life and romance with Sam, your in-game partner, over text messages, while also chatting with friends and strangers at your favorite local bar.



We should talk is a short-form narrative game developed by Insatiable Cycle. Use a unique narrative choice mechanic, players craft sentences in response to the in-game characters. The combination of words you choose impacts the conversations you have—how genuinely you can connect with your partner, and whether your relationship can survive the night.

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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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