Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #64

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!

Hero Hours Contract

Hero Hours Contract (2020) Steve O’Gorman

Cost: $3.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux

Magical girls are real, but the pay sucks! Join the Union of Magical Girls as they fight to protect the city from evildoers by day, and fight to become unionized by night.


Hero Hours Contract is a short RPG puzzle game developed by Steven O’Gorman. Inspired by 90’s magical girl anime, this game is chock full of puns and humor. Take on zombie hordes in a turn-based battle system. Fighting crime doesn’t pay the bills, so you’ll have to negotiate for better pay and benefits based on your performance. Connect with other characters by helping them out with their problems.

dreaming by day

dreaming by day (2019) Jellicube

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

dreaming by day is a short, funny visual novel about dumb group chat jokes, friendship, and dreams.


dreaming by day is short visual novel developed by Jellicube. The game was originally created in 2 weeks for a small game jam where the theme was “language barriers”. Interact with your friends via group chat, share jokes, memes, and just chat in this relaxed VN experience.

Short Creepy Tales 7PM

Short Creepy Tales: 7PM (2020)   Cellar Game Vaults

Cost: $4.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux

Play through the day’s experience as each of three children living there and their attempts to invite a young mysterious new neighbor to play with them. However what was supposed to be an offer of friendship quickly takes a dark turn as each of the children experience horrific visitations. Further so, not everyone or everything is as it seems in this apartment block, and dark secrets lurk everywhere if you can see them.


7PM is the first installment in the Short Creepy tales horror anthology series created by Cellar Vault Games. Set in a small low-income apartment block, players can experience a day in the life of three young residents. Follow them through their day and witness the horrific events that unfold as they each attempt to connect with a mysterious new neighbor.

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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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