Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #61

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!

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!

Venice 2089

Venice 2089 (2020) Event Horizon School

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

The city of Venice, once a significant tourism destination but now almost uninhabited, is struggling with the unpredictable behaviour of tides. Some of the most important monuments are being taken away, among the complaints of the citizens, and the lower part of the city becomes inaccessible more often than not.

In Venice 2089, you’ll explore the city through the eyes of Nova, a bored teenager who has currently no clue about what to do in life and just wants to relax from the stress of their usual routine.



Venice 2089 is a short exploration adventure game developed by Mentis Falli Team made up of third year students at the Event Horizon School. Ride your hoverboard around the city at your own pace, perform tricks and pick up the vibes that match your mood. Explore every street to find bizarre objects and play with your drone to extend your reach. Meet strange characters around the city: you’ll learn their points of view to discover your own. The game takes roughly 30 minutes to complete.

*A gamepad is recommended for the best gameplay experience, but the game can be enjoyed using keyboard controls.

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Where is Eleanor Rose? (2020) Team KDG

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

Ever since they met, Eleanor Rose and Georgia Daisy have been inseparable but now Eleanor is gone and Georgia feels lost without her best friend, willing to do just about anything to get her back.



Where is Eleanor Rose? is a combination of 2D adventure game and visual novel developed by Team KDG. Take a deep dive into Georgia’s mind. Explore the school, talk to strange creatures, defeat enemies and regain Georgia’s memories. The entire game takes about an hour to complete.

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Escaped Chasm (2019)   Temmie Chang

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

A small little RPGmaker game about a lonely girl with a connection to another world that she sees in her dreams.



Escaped Chasm is a short RPG Maker game developed by Temmie Chang (one of the lead artists on Undertale). In the game you can explore a distorted world of your own creation as you look for your parents. Interact with items around you and slowly piece together the truth—but when a mysterious stranger appears, things begin to take a dark turn. One playthrough of the game takes anywhere from 15-20 minutes to complete and there are 4 distinct endings to unlock.

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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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