Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #63

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!


Ruya (2017) Miracle Tea

Cost: $3.99

Windows, Mac, & LinuxSteam

A game of tranquility through the art of matching pieces of Ruya in her world of dreams.

Visit surrealist landscapes, decorate yourself in flowers and introspect. A
calming minimal experience with juicy interactions and cool colour
combinations to make you feel at ease.

The ethereal dreamlike soundtrack will tickle your senses and pull you into a state of peaceful flow.


Ruya is a short visually immersive puzzle game developed by Miracle Tea and released in 2017 for PC and Steam. Play through 64 challenging puzzles–swipe, slide, pop, and release cute characters to progress through each new challenging level and uncover Ruya’s memories. Decorate Ruya in flowers as you play and shake them off at the end of each level to purify her mind for new challenges.

Broken Silence

Broken Silence (2019) – CareBot Games

Cost: Free (Name Your Own Price)

Windows, Mac, & Linux

Fates intertwine when university student Marina and police officer Carl find themselves both kidnapped by the notorious “Phantom” killer. Take the role of either character, solve puzzles, and search for clues to escape from the Phantom’s underground chamber. Will you survive?


Broken Silence is a visual novel/puzzle game developed by CareBot Games and released in 2019 for PC. Play as either Marina or Carl as you attempt to escape the clutches of the infamous Phantom Killer–solve intense puzzles and search for clues in this challenging puzzle adventure. Every choice you make has consequences–unlock each of the game’s unique endings and uncover the truth behind your mysterious captor.

The World Begins With You

The World Begins With You (2017)   Fabian Denter

Cost: Free (Name Your Own Price)

Windows & Mac

After being asleep for a long time, you wake up in an old prison cell. You turn around, what was that?

Soon after, you are free, unexpectedly.

You reach daylight and enter a beautiful, long forgotten and sometimes dangerous world.

What awaits you at the end of your journey?


The World Begins With You is a 3D Adventure Platformer developed by Fabian Denterfor for Wizard Jam 6 in December 2017. Explore vast landscapes, solve a wide range of puzzles, and overcome obstacles as you search for the truth behind your lost memories.

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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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